One game series that often includes dating, with the goal of marriage, is the farming sim series Harvest Moon.

The subplot of dating is more focused towards choosing one of several girls or guys (dependent on the player character's gender) and offering them presents or joining them on events in the game.

Sir Richard Branson created AWOMO (A World of My Own) to try to take off SL from it's undisputed leadership post.

Virgin Games also own 20% of this venture, so you should definitely lay an eye on this one.

The technical definition of a dating simulation game, known as a romantic simulation game in Japan, can involve several technical elements such as a time limit, several statistics such as looks and charm which can be boosted through exercise, or an "attraction meter" which can increase or decrease depending on one's decisions.

Some original-English dating sims include Sim Girls, In a typical dating sim, the player controls a male avatar surrounded by female characters.

How many people do you know that got engaged or found a girlfriend or boyfriend online? Over the years, and as virtual worlds and technology progresses, virtual love and long distance relationships are growing and growing.

People are starting to spend more time online than offline and that shows on their interactions (mainly done online).

So, it works a bit like a chat room with a 3D engine powering up your virtual depiction of yourself.

Your rooms and land are free and you can even decorate them offline!

Games where the player character is female and potential objects of affection are male are known as Gx B or otome games.

Homosexual relationships are also possible, as there are games with no specific gender lines ("all pairings").

Eroge only gets released to PC because large Japanese game companies do not want to release games with sexual content on their game consoles.