Because of the fact that they're relatively easy to make, dating sims have been created by many indie designers.Visual novel creation platforms such as Ren'Py and Novelty exist and are designed for people with minimal experience coding.A higher social rank also means that characters will give each other better benefits (higher dodge rate and higher attack skill, for example), with the S rank as the highest.Through cut-scenes, their relationships improve as the characters climb up ranks, culminating in S rank, which is only unlockable with two characters of the opposite sex and which enables them to marry.Dating sims are almost exclusively Japanese, to the point where popular Japanese media can recognizably parody aspects of the dating sim genre.In the West, dating sims are still seen as a niche market.The good ending consists of the suitor confessing his/her love, as well as the possibility of a physical reaction (kissing, holding hands, sex, etc.).The bad endings are typically only "bad" in the sense that the player does not woo the suitor--unlike "bad endings" of other games, death or other permanent consequences rarely happen.
With titles such as "Aching Dreams2 Hentai Game," "Meet'N'Fuck Road Trip," and "Orgasm Girl," it's pretty obvious what sort of direction these games are heading into.Despite Western thought, dating sims are not necessarily pornographic.In fact, pornographic dating sims are a sharp minority in commercial dating games.Modern games have optional "social link" features, where you can build up relationships between supporting characters granting different benefits.These are often found in Tactical RPG games, where unlocking a social link can boost certain stats.While the genre started in the 1980s, arguably the first dating sim to make it big is Tokimeki Memorial, first released for the PC in 1994. Due to its popularity, the game been remade multiple times (Tokimeki Memorial: Forever With You, Tokimeki Memorial: Densetsu no Ki no Shita de, etc.) and has been ported to multiple systems (Game Boy Color, Play Station, Super Famicom, mobile phones, PSP).