The Dating Sim is a type of game designed to set up goals, usually in the forms of schedules and stats corresponding to social skills, which must be achieved to discover a story focused entirely around the Character Development of the player's chosen girl/guy, get into his/her pants, or both.
In fact, many romance games are Visual Novels, which is a much different game style.
(See for example, the difference between the series, which is very close to a Visual Novel style of gameplay, and the DOA Xtreme series, which is the closest thing to a true Dating Sim with mass-market appeal in the US.) If the game plays out like a Choose Your Own Adventure, that's a Visual Novel.
If it feels like you're playing an RPG, trying to keep track of everyone's feelings about you and giving out presents, that's a Dating Sim.
In recent years, there have been many Role Playing Games that incorporate dating sim elements.
Know Your Meme has an excellent article on the Swimming Anime, so check that out! (THIS FEELS LIKE SPAMMING FOR VIEWS AND IT MAKES MY SOUL FEEL DIRTY BUT WHATEVS IT'S HOW I ROLL) I will post updates on my journal, and I will try to update at least sometimes. (Phone nonsense tends to follow you wherever you go, though.)EDIT July 16, 2013: Technically updated yesterday, but there were some bugs I wanted to fix before telling anyone anything. But if you don't paste this, you will get bad luck. WHEN YOUR DONE, PRESS F6 AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS. EXAMPLE2: TOMONLY SENT IT TO 5 PEOPLE CUZ HE THOUGHT HED BE SAFE AND IT WAS PROBLY JUST A JOKE BUT OH HOW RONG WAS HE! I don't know if light novels have pictures or not in them, since I've only read manga books.
And if you run into a bug/typo/whatever, just tell me in the comments so I can fix it! More on the mysterious mystery of Senpai's brother, plus a romantic subplot? HE DIED THE NEXT NIGHT ON MONDAY AND ILL TELL YA NOW IT WASNT PRETTY(JUST CUZ HE SENT FIVE HE DIDNT COMPLETE THE TASK)EXAMPLE3: JOEANNASENT IT TO 19 PEOPLE SHE THOUGHT IT WAS CLOSE ENOUGH AND WOULD DO BUT SHE WAS WRONG SHE DIED THAT NIGHT ON A MONDAY AND ONCE AGAIN IT WASNTThis story is hilarious omg The misspellings and the grammar makes it so great, oh gosh. Did you have to take the photos of the background by yourself and did you program it by yourself O. I would be so glad if you could give me an answer, its so interesting Well, Tsun looks more like Haruka Nanase than ANYONE! Tsun kind of looks like a combination put-together of Haru and Rei! Anyway, thanks for taking your time for creating this .. EDIT May 16, 2013: Because late updates are better than on-time updates. It's pretty intense, but I think you're strong enough to handle it. EDIT August 24, 2013: Freaking finally got access to Adobe Flash again. Anyways, we are continuing where we left off, with the story of five derps who hide a... Don't worry about things like this; they're literally never real. But.only that, his personality seems very dead-on similar to it, too. kinda look like Haru Yoshida / Yoshida Haru from "My Little Monster"? He really does look more like Haruka, though, with that monotone-looking, I-don't-care-attitude'd-like expression of a face! Another thing, he has much sexier-looking hair / better-looking hair than either one of them. :/ I know you're an admirer of beauty and hate unattractive stuff, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I'm just expressing my opinion on what I'm beholding. These dating sim elements are often referred to as Romance Sidequests in the RPG genre.It's the visual novel you didn't even know you needed, based on the first commercial for the anime Free! EDIT June 23, 2013: You can now tell Pimp about the MYSTERIOUS PHONE MYSTERY, but like differently than the first time. If you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday possible. When I started making this sim, all of our knowledge of the anime came from that thirty-second promo. Also, with a little persistence, you can call the police. But if you don't paste this, you will get bad luck. WHEN YOUR DONE, PRESS F6 AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS. ONCETHEREWASALITTLEGIRLCALLEDCLARISSA, SHEWAS10YEARSOLDANDSHELIVEDINAMENTALHOSPITAL, BEACUSESHEKILLEDHERMUMANDDAD. SHEGOTSOBADSHESTARTEDTOKILLALLTHESTAFFINTHEHOSPITALSOTHEGOVERMENTDECIDEDTHATTHEBESTIDEAWASTOGETRIDOFHERSOTHEYSETUPASPECIALROOMTOKILLHER, ASHUMANEASPOSSIBLEBUTITWENTRONGTHEMACHINETHEYWEREUSEINGWENTWRONG. ANDSHEWASSATTHEREINAGONYFORHOURSUNTILLSHEFINALLYDIED. NOWEVERYWEEKONTHEDAYOFHERDEATHSHERETURNSTO THEPERSONTHATREADSTHISLETTER, ONAMONDAYNIGHTATSHEKREEPSINTOYOURROOMANDKILLSYOU, BUTSLOWLYANDPAINFULLYSLOWLYCUTTINGDIFFRENTPARTSOFURBODYTHENWATCHESYOUBLEEDTODEATHIFYOUDONTSENDTHISTO20PEOPLEBYMIDNIGHTSHELLBECOMEINGTO KILLYOU! SENDITSOSHEHASANOTHERLOADOFPEOPLETOGETANDFORGETSABOUTYOUDONTBELVE MEHEY? EXAMPLE1: JENNYDIDNT BELIVE THIS AND DELETED IT WITHOUT EVEN READING THE WHOLE THING! :/Hey, since I read Rei's Wikipedia description of list of characters, and he avoids things that look "unattractive", both tangible and non-tangible, shouldn't he have a strong disliking of Rin's fangs?? Pimp-kun looks like Matsuoka Rin, except Pimp-kun has better teeth instead of those annoying-looking shark fangs. I'm gonna corner you into this until you CONFESS to admitting what anime this based on! We didn't know the name of the show or whether it would even become a real anime, so I took the character images from the commercial and I took the guys' names/personalities from the fandom. The current plan is to just keep updating this file as I complete the game, so feel free to check back and see if that has happened. )EDIT June 14, 2013: Mizu finally gets homework done in one route! EDIT July 5, 2013: Forget all this phone nonsense, you need to feed your cat! THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKSIf you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday possible. A FEW DAYS LATER ON THE MONDAY NIGHT SHE WAS WOKEN UP BYE LOUDE FOOTSTEPS AND HEAVY BREETHING THERE WAS CLARISSA STANDING THERE WITH A HUGE KNIFE AND WELL JENNY IS HISTORY NOW. Seriously, I saw an episode where his childhood friend, Yamazaki Sosuke (or Sosuke Yamazaki Americanized) transferred, and Rin even had fangy looking teeth as a child in the flashbacks! His real Japanese-given-name is Haruka, but he's been nicknamed because of his "girlish name". And Senpai (just called Senpai) looks like Makoto!!! Well, well, well, Fifthdemsional, you little cheat!