And while that might be true for some, I doubt that is true for most people who play dating sims — and most certainly not for me.For me, a dating sim is just like any other piece of fiction: an escape to a life different from your own.These two are far and away the best selling virtual dating sims ever, and I wanted to find out why.A little searching led me to this article, which makes me want to play the game more.I will never be a magic-wielding hero tasked with saving the world — nor will I be involved in an epic high school romance where I find true love.But thanks to books, movies, TV, and, of course, games, I am able to live these lives vicariously through fictional characters.An otome visual novel starring Saki Inafune who defends her uncle's new theme park from the dastardly Count Hogstein.Developed with the help of Keiji Inafune, it features a fictionalized version of him and his niece.
Yet, I still feel embarrassed to admit I enjoy a good dating sim from time to time.This is, of course, because of the general reaction I get — one somewhere between pity and disgust.It seems that the common understanding we have all agreed on is that playing dating sims means I am some kind of social failure — that I am unable to get a girl in real life and thus have turned to virtual girls instead. Jul 25, 2009 • 2.00 hours • You play the role of a young woman, Katja, in the quaint hamlet of Nettestadt, in medieval Bavaria. The owner, who is a talented brewer, can make new potions using the ingredients. If a potion has sold particularly well, it might be good to brew more of it the next day.