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.

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There are also more interactive games, which involve actually working on a character’s traits, or performing actions other than just reading and picking a possibly correct response to continue the story.

The Tokimeki Memorial series is, quite possibly, the most famous and most import friendly game of this type.

The Harvest Moon and Rune Factory games both provide players with the opportunity to date and get married.

Also, both Persona 3 and Persona 4 give players the opportunity to begin relationships with female social link characters.

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There are basically two kinds of dating sims, visual novels and adventure games with some sort of other, relationship building element.

The visual novels are easily the best known and most prevalent in the genre.

The best example of an English language dating sim was the PS1 game Thousand Arms, released by Atlus.