The term caught on, because the Ren’ai games released in the early 90’s like These are just some of the ones known here in the US. A well known sub genre of the Dating Sim is “Eroge” (Erotic game, aka hentai game , or H-game), and Dating Sims themselves are part of a broader genre known as Visual Novels, which I’ll discuss in a future post.
I do not know what is considered to be the first “dating sim”, the early H-game Dokyusei (1992) seems as good a candidate as any.
But what if I told you that all of us have probably been playing dating games for the past 10 years and you didn't even notice?
Some of the biggest and most popular, award-winning games are secretly dating games which use other genres as padding to distract you from what you really care about: sex and love.
Most of the market is filled with these types of dating sims, because the original consumer base in the early 1990s was primarily made up of young women aged 20-30.
My ignorance can be forgiven since all of this happened in Japan, and nowhere else.Most of these games use a tasteful fade-to-black for sex scenes, but some are sexually explicit or outright pornographic.Called eroge (a portmanteau of "erotic" and "game"), these porn games are usually geared toward men, although there are exceptions.He leaves his farm home to face the frontiers of the kingdom.He comes to a town where one can seek any apprenticeship freely.We provide this information solely as an informational service to the Second Life community.