Virtual dating game apps
Many see it as just a game and can easily distinguish between the computerized and reality, while others are perpetually stuck in a love loop, desperately waiting for the next update of the game.One player holds a picture of him and his virtual girlfriend, Manaka, at a resort town called Atami, which caters to players on a weekend retreat programmed into the game.The girls can kiss, “hold” a player’s hand, exchange flirtatious text messages and even snap out in anger if the player leaves a conversation.It’s one of Japan’s biggest gaming phenomenons called Love Plus - available on the Nintendo portable consoles and the i Phone.“There is no friction in these relationships, obviously,” says Loulou d’Aki, a Swedish photographer who documented a number of Japanese players earlier this year.Another 48-year-old player spends one of many nights alone in his one-bedroom apartment with his console, chatting with Manaka, his e-girlfriend of five years.
And in this week’s episode of “gamified dating apps that don’t necessarily make sense,” might I introduce Floret.After all, you must have heard of Hatoful Boyfriend by now, which technically falls into the “female-oriented dating sim” category.(Only with a bit more pigeons than usual.) Let’s take a look at just a couple of the many romance apps being shown at Tokyo Game Show this year! There was even an interactive event with cute guys playing roles inspired by the game!Romance and dating simulation games aren’t new in Japan, but (with the notable exception of the games), they’ve been traditionally aimed at male players.These days, however, girls are spoilt for choice with a huge range of romance and virtual dating apps which combine beautifully drawn artwork with compelling male characters and intricate stories with lots of twists and turns.
Okko‘s “Sweet Romance” app features real-life situations such as office romance, as well as the “rental boyfriend” phenomena. The company even has English-language versions of its official pamphlet, which makes sense because (brace yourselves overseas ladies) many of their games are also available in English. Many of their apps have lengthy free trials, so you can check them out without spending a penny upfront.