The most common objective of dating sims is to date, usually choosing from among several characters, and to achieve a romantic relationship.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.
The degree of sexual content varies, but may often include intercourse.
Sexually explicit dating sims may fall into the category of H Game or Eroge.
Today more than ever, women over the age of 50 are finding opportunities for love and friendship in the unlikeliest of places.
They are meeting in competitive sporting events, senior living communities, book clubs, cruises and traveling groups.
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.
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.Dating sims, or relationship simulation role-playing games (RS-RPG), are a video game subgenre of simulation games, usually Japanese, with romantic elements.They are also sometimes put under the category of neoromance.There are also GL games, which focus on female/female relationships, and BL Games, which focus on male/male pairings.There are many variations on this theme: high-school romances are the most common, but a dating sim may also take place in a fantasy setting and involve such challenges as defending one's girl from monsters.The Star Ocean series of RPGs also feature dating sim elements in a similar manner.