Nerdmuch: Many great plots, especially in video games, feature romance, as it is a powerful emotion that adds to the plot when executed effectively. Since many video games feature hours upon hours of gameplay, it’s nice to have elements of romance between characters, or better yet, you, as the protagonist, choosing who you would like to date in that universe. In the modern gaming world, there has been quite a few titles that feature dating simulation elements of gameplay, deriving from a popular genre of video games from Japan that lets players choose who to romance in a story. These types of games focus on the player’s relationship with one of many suitors, many times having branching choices and affection levels that results in multiple endings. Several games, even in the West, have adopted similar systems and blended the mechanics with other genres of games, from shooters to RPGs.