The more times it passed over the plate, the more the impression tended to lose its finer subtleties. After the artist’s death, it was not unheard of for other hands in their turn to work on the proof to give it a new life.
Moreover, Rembrandt made changes to the engravings as time went by. The watermark in the paper, a number of collectors’ stamps, the catalogue raisonné and other very technical details have enabled the precious prints to be dated like in a police investigation.
While the two genres often share a common visual presentation, dating sims are sometimes considered to be more statistically based than the "choose your own adventure" style of visual novels.
The technical definition of a dating simulation game, known as a romantic simulation game in Japan, can involve several technical elements such as a time limit, several statistics such as looks and charm which can be boosted through exercise, or an "attraction meter" which can increase or decrease depending on one's decisions.
Some original-English dating sims include Sim Girls, In a typical dating sim, the player controls a male avatar surrounded by female characters.
The gameplay involves conversing with a selection of girls, attempting to increase their internal "love meter" through correct choices of dialogue.
Homosexual relationships are also possible, as there are games with no specific gender lines ("all pairings").
The most common objective of dating sims is to date, usually choosing from among several characters, and to achieve a romantic relationship.This gives the games more replay value, since the player can focus on a different girl each time, trying to get a different ending.Dating sims such as Tokimeki Memorial often revolve almost entirely around relationship-building, usually featuring complex character interactions and branching dialogue trees, and often presenting the player's possible responses word-for-word as the player character would say them.The rustic and slightly risqué image showing a couple taking full advantage of a herdsman’s nap was, according to Charlie Scott, distributed to his family and friends exclusively.If his ‘business’ sense might have inspired Rembrandt, so too did his style.The landscapes are especially prized in Rembrandt’s repertoire of etchings.This, however, is not the case with the very small (7.8 x 5.7cm) ‘The Sleeping Herdsman’ produced in 1644.Incredibly we’re given to believe that Rembrandt etched on the fly in the open air, bringing his metal sheet with him.The Christie’s specialist Charlie Scott gives the example of the landscape ‘Six’s Bridge’ with its highly spontaneous style.In ‘Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple’ the central figure, Jesus, is directly inspired by a wood engraving by Durer from 1508,’ explains the Christie’s specialist.Rembrandt’s genius also expressed itself in his very sombre engravings through an infinitude of black lines which allowed luminosity, in places, to pierce through like with ‘The Descent from the Cross’ from 1654 (estimate 51,000 euros).