The visual novel and dating sim market for women is somewhat unique in comparison to its "for men" counterparts. The majority of these types of games don't actually require you to be 'good' at playing other games -- save for a few mini-games here and there, you generally only need to have a decent command of the English language and the ability to make up your mind. Most otome game plots start out rather formulaic, cheesy, and generic, especially since it requires you to be introduced to a number of eligible 'catchables' as soon as possible. It's only when you decide to stick with it and keep exploring new characters, new interactions, and new storylines that the beauty of storytelling really begins to shine. It's taken awhile for dating sims and visual novels to really gain ground in the mainstream western gaming market. After all, it's hard to deny that the process is time-consuming at best, since it means translating a novel-sized amount of dialogue sometimes more depending on the number of branched storylines and endings
No matter what our preferences or persuasions, most of us will have dipped into the world of dating at some point in our lives. It can be exciting and exhilarating — depending who we meet. It can also be nerve-wracking, terrifying, and a downright disaster. In this modern, digital age we live in, dating today generally means logging on to a dating site rather than visiting your local dance hall. Gone are the days of simply approaching someone you find attractive or waiting for them to approach you!