Otome games follow a strict formula: The player is a heterosexual woman being courted by a host of attractive, young men.
There are usually a few archetypes to choose from, including the bad boy, the smart one, the cute (young boy), the reserved and mysterious type.
Tokyo, Japan (CNN) -- Nene Anegasaki is a witty, doe-eyed beauty.
While the two genres often share a common visual presentation, dating sims are sometimes considered to be more statistically based than the "choose your own adventure" style of visual novels.
Her character changes to my liking as we talk and travel to different places." Japan's Internet community has witnessed relationships and marriages to avatars, though it's typically been within the confines of the virtual world.
Last month, Sal decided to be the first human-to-avatar union.
Dating sims, or relationship simulation role-playing games (RS-RPG), are a video game subgenre of simulation games, usually Japanese, with romantic elements.
They are also sometimes put under the category of neoromance.