Sometimes one seeks out a video game in order to escape from their real life and explore a fantasy world the likes of which they could never experience in reality. And sometimes people choose to play games that are so similar to their own lives that they allow players to live out their wildest dreams in the most realistic setting possible. The latter type of game comes to life in the form of the simulation genre of games. One of the most popular subgenres in the simulation world is the dating simulation game which also cover a number of themes and genres.
Dating sims originated in Japan, where traditional dating sims, such as LovePlusare dialog-heavy and focus on time management.
Designers and scholars need to consider the implications since the presence-evoking technologies are evolving quickly. Note that the author plans a follow-up report on gender roles and sexual preferences in the sims. The original version of the story below includes four additional images.
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