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There have been multiple spin-offs (such as puzzle games) and multiple adaptations (such as an anime, Tokimeki Memorial Only Love.) Aspects of dating sims have been transferred into modern non-dating sim games.
Modern games have optional "social link" features, where you can build up relationships between supporting characters granting different benefits.
In fact, pornographic dating sims are a sharp minority in commercial dating games.
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).
Other options are flash games, which are less focused on characterization and are hosted on websites such as Newgrounds.Unlike with the Visual Novel genre, Dating Sims place a lot of emphasis on rpg type elements, such as statistics, shown by keeping a girl's affection levels up and boosting up stats (intelligence, strength, etc.) through taking classes or participating in activities.Dating sims are almost exclusively Japanese, to the point where popular Japanese media can recognizably parody aspects of the dating sim genre.The endings typically come in two types: good ending and bad ending.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.).
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