, are a video game subgenre of simulation games with romantic elements.Dating sims originated in Japan, where traditional dating sims, such as Love Plus, are dialog-heavy and focus on time management.The subplot of dating is more focused towards choosing one of several girls or guys (dependent on the player character's gender) and offering them presents or joining them on events in the game.
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 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.
While bishōjo games make up the bulk of dating sims, other types of games exist.
Games where the player character is female and potential objects of affection are male are known as Gx B or otome games.
The term later expanded to encompass any game with romantic simulation elements, even when combined with other genres.