Dating Sims Improved My Japanese

When I announced my intention to date a virtual girl in the newest iteration of Love Plus by asking all of you to help me choose which romantic foil to go after, I noted that it would not be my first dating sim. Moreover, I mentioned that dating sims are the best tool I know of for expanding your Japanese ability. » 4/22/14 5:00am Yesterday 5:00am

Help Me Choose Which Virtual Girl to Date

Dear readers, I am about to embark on an experience unlike any other in my 30 years of life: I’m going to date a virtual girl in New Love Plus+, the newest game in the (in)famous Japanese dating-sim series. But even before I start, I find myself at an impasse. Which of the game’s romantic foils should I date? » 4/18/14 8:00am Friday 8:00am

Sponging Down Sweaty Attractive Men (The Other Side of Fan Service)

Japanese games are well known for targeting a straight male audience with their overly sexualized (i.e., incredibly busty and scantily clad or moé) female characters. In some games, this fan service is the entire game’s focus. » 5/10/13 6:00am 5/10/13 6:00am

I Think I'm In Love With This Dreamy StarCraft II Dating Sim

Someone just made a faux dating sim—in line with a game like Katawa Shoujo—using Korea's top StarCraft II players. Thank god the StarCraft esports scene is full of great personalities and players, because a funny dating sim like this would actually work. » 5/02/13 9:20am 5/02/13 9:20am

Why I Would Play the Hell Out of the New Final Fantasy Dating Sim (If…

Last week at the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary event here in Tokyo, some of the biggest names in Square Enix talked about the franchise. Square Enix showed off the first material related to Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was put through its paces. Then Hajime… » 9/11/12 7:30am 9/11/12 7:30am

Relax, They're Not Really Turning Final Fantasy Type-0 Into a Dating Sim

At Final Fantasy's 25th Anniversary event yesterday in Japan, Square Enix thought it'd pull a fast one on the audience, putting Final Fantasy Type-0 director Hajime Tabata up to revealing the concept for something called "Tokimeki Final Fantasy: Suzaku Magic Institution Peristylium: Oh no! I'm in Love With the… » 9/02/12 11:00am 9/02/12 11:00am