Western dating sim
However, most men, especially in the West, would feel too embarrassed to say they play bishōjo erotic games.That stigma I mentioned before kept many fans closeted for decades and there are still a few even today who aren't quite comfortable being public about it.Guys who would normally feel self-conscious won't be turned away by the overly romantic tones, because they are too well-hidden within the typical RPG experience, and people of any gender who might feel turned off by "macho" action games find that these have something more to them.Players for whom dating sims would normally hold no appeal will be too busy tinkering with other features and living within the game world to realize they just spent hours wooing a beautiful woman into bed the same way they would in an eroge or bishōjo game.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.Some of the most popular and recent Japanese games have relationship systems at their cores.Games like Catherine, the have dedicated systems built around encouraging you to interact with other characters in a platonic or romantic sense.
has almost 10,000 downloads on Steam and nearly that many positive reviews.
For the West, it started with minor relationship quests in games like .
Eventually relationships became a bigger part of the role-playing game experience for both Eastern and Western audiences and together they grew the genre with that in mind.
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.