You might think of dating games as only being the Japanese ones where you play a cute girl and you have to go on dates with handsome anime guys until you're able to win one as a boyfriend.
These are the typical otome dating simulation games that started the trend (otome meaning "maiden" or "girl" in Japanese).
The game is "a heart-felt blend of bomb-defusing action and death-defying romance" with puzzles to solve and people to date, all very typical of the genre. In his stead, Sweet Fuse has a stable of hunky dudes to fill the game designer's shoes, including fighting game champ Kouta Meoshi and Ryuusei Mitarashi, male gigolo.
Then you hit this line, "Saki Inafune, niece to legendary game developer Keiji Inafune, cant wait to visit her uncles new theme park." Wait, hold on, hold the phone, is this Mega-Man-and-Resident-Evil Keiji Inafune? Bomb defusing-antics are what await as you travel the park searching for your uncle and trying to rescue the other captured attendants.
If love can bloom on the battlefield, then by God, it can bloom anywhere it damn well pleases.
Regardless of race, creed, species, plane of existence, or definition of "alive," your perfect match is waiting for you somewhere in the great cosmos.
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.
Once he gets there, he meets various people (primarily girls) who have similar debilitations, and eventually makes friends and falls in love with one of them.
But what if I told you that all of us have probably been playing dating games for the past 10 years and you didn't even notice?
Some of the biggest and most popular, award-winning games are secretly dating games which use other genres as padding to distract you from what you really care about: sex and love.
Dating simulation games started gaining popularity in Japan during the 90's.
However, this was never the case in other parts of the world.