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This isn't Persona 4, you can't get away with dating them all at once.

Japanese dating sim players often refer to the romanceable characters in the games as "capturable." Whether you want to interpret that as literal or prefer to see yourself as "captivating" the various characters’ attentions is up to you, and sometimes up to the particular game’s themes.

If you walk off the path, you'll be pushed back onto it. The systems in these romance-focused visual novels are usually not robust enough to support complex social sims, they're more like long and pretty choose-your-own-adventure novels.

The player must accept their limited role in these spaces and do what they can in order to dig the interesting bits out of these games’ juicy narrative databases.

While the tools offered by these games tacitly encourage narrative manipulation, such as skipping of prior-read text, jumping directly to decision points, massive amounts of save slots, gallery completion percentages, and new game plus content, unfortunately the user experience design isn't there to train someone completely new to this experience.

And this is where us in the West run into misconceptions about the depth of these games.

Another hurdle I see people experience when starting out playing dating sims is that they spread themselves too thin.

They shop around like they would when playing a Bio Ware game, interacting with all the different available characters for too long and find they are suddenly railroaded along a generic path that usually results in a normal ending where you don't kiss anyone, or worst-case-scenario: a harsh death.

It’s a troubling view of human relations in general but it’s one that simple gameplay mechanics can handle.

So now we come upon the quantum conundrum of dating sims.

At this stage I advise friends new to the genre that they need to focus on a chosen character early and aim for that goal ceaselessly.

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