The term "dating sim" is also often used incorrectly in English as a generic term for romance-driven games (ren'ai games), a subject matter which is stereotypically associated with the visual novel genre.This can lead to confusion, as visual novels are considered a subgenre of adventure games and are not technically included in the dating sim genre.Video game magazines that I read regularly would cover Japanese imports and niche titles, but dating sims were merely a curiosity and nothing more. The games industry has grown exponentially and modern gamers are interested in titles beyond the scope of the action, shooting and role-playing genres.We've been seeing stronger interest in PC gaming lately, and we have the rise of Steam to thank for this.The PC is an open platform with tons of great development tools, making it ideal for small indie developers to target.Steam on the other hand, has made digital distribution cost-effective, efficient, and accessible to a massive audience.Because of this, Eroge companies make a censored all-ages (15 ) version of the PC version for various consoles.The censored version contains far more endings and new added scenes due to the absence of sexual scenes.
Dating sims, or relationship simulation role-playing games (RS-RPG), are a video game subgenre of simulation games, usually Japanese, with romantic elements.
Homosexual relationships are also possible, as there are games with no specific gender lines ("all pairings").
There are also GL games, which focus on female/female relationships, and BL Games, which focus on male/male pairings.
Some Japanese dating sims may allow the player to have romantic or sexual relationships with characters in their teens.
The degree of sexual content varies, but may often include intercourse.