To be clear, they originated in Japan and, while many visual novels or dating sims are erotic (or at least sexy) in nature, it's not true that all dating sims have erotic content.It's really a shame that people automatically label these games as "adult only" because, in many cases, is not true.
While it certainly helps - especially for gameplay - it's really not necessary to play original Japanese visual novels or dating sims.All through the month of June, my partner and I are creating a dating sim for the International Love Ultimatum Gamejam (#ilujam on Twitter and Tumblr). I’ll be posting weekly updates in a structured development blog here. Schreier writes: In the world of video games, many producers and directors see mandatory overtime not as a contingency plan but as a natural part of game development, to be regularly used as a way to cut costs and make the most ambitious games on the shortest schedules. As a game producer for a small game company called Date Nighto, making sure my creative and technical teams are happy and healthy are my top priorities. And for the next month, we’ll be exploring why, as my partner Conrad Kreyling and I make a short dating sim called Beach Island. This is called “crunch,” and while other industries have equivalents (teachers before finals, comics creators before deadlines), the AAA games industry pressures itself to release bigger, more robust, and more feature-rich games, which results in grueling periods of crunch and many veteran developers abandoning the field in favor of… Kotaku’s Jason Schreier filed an in-depth investigative report on the horrors of crunch which I highly recommend.But to me, a new producer, the most important part is planning.Even though it’s small, I’ve divided the planning for our #ilujam game into three parts: limitations, resources, and timing.