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Visual novels tend to be extremely story-driven with the outcomes determined by the choices you make along a branching story route.Dating sims often have you scheduling your character’s time in order to raise specific stats by doing certain activities.They’re most popular in Japan, but from what my personal anec-data show me, the genre is quickly gaining a bit of traction in the U. as well, and is especially popular with indie creators.I could go on with the stats, both real and imagined, but seriously just go read that article. Anywho, back to my main point: After dipping my toes into the water of Bioware’s dating-sim-lite Dragon Age: Origins, I quickly found myself sliding down that slippery slope into visual novels and full-on dating sims.Plus, although I sneer at my friend’s romance novels, I really have no room to talk here in my glass house.[Ed.: anyone who says they don’t live in a pink-tinted glass house of smut is lying or deluded, or perhaps just lives a sad, sad life (unless you’re asexual, you’re perfect and we heart you too)—official G-vesc position on romance ♥] Otome games are also sometimes called dating sims and generally fall into the visual novel category.He’s the one who convinced me to play DA: O in the first place and got me my first indie dating sims.
As a quick peek at Wikipedia shows us, otome games are literally “girl games.” They’re aimed at a female audience and are evidently a fairly new genre.As a side note, did you know otome games should be considered a marital aid?