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  • killercroc72 - July 2, 2014 12:19 p.m.

    I've actually heard good things about Katawa Shoujo. I wouldn't mind trying it out, just to see what it's like.
  • Aozorcian - April 19, 2014 5:37 p.m.

    If anybody liked the concept of Katawa Shoujo, I suggest Grisaia no Kajitsu. Pretty similar in the fact that it's a school for disabled people and its a romance. Not much of a dating sim though, not really any choices. Seriously though, the reasons for these disabilities are pretty damn sad, even though they aren't physical disabilties. More like a mental blockage. It's still the same age range as Katawa shoujo, so there is sex involved.
  • Triscuitable - April 19, 2014 5:13 p.m.

    I wouldn't call Saya no Uta a dating sim. I'd call it a hyper-depressing visual novel.
  • sim-man - April 6, 2014 7:46 p.m.

    I think Simgirls should make it to this hard-to-believe list. Why? Because unlike all these dating games it is just made by one person from graphics to programming haha. By the way the full version is available to download for free at the website
  • shawksta - February 17, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    I dont know whats scarier, all these random dating sims or the fact that Namco High is an actual thing FROM Namco.
  • rxb - February 16, 2014 5:46 a.m.

    Reading through that list has changed my life. I never imagined such things could be possible. The 4Chan game sounds nice, and proves the internet isn't made of pure hate. The training game is a good idea, moevation, what a word. The chin game is too much though, how could any sane person think of that?
  • bobob101 - February 15, 2014 2:45 p.m.

    Visual Novels really do get a (deservedly) bad rap. But they also have the potential to be some of the best/ oddest/ creepiest/ puzzling types of games out there. Worth looking at if only to say "You thought games would never go there..."
  • Triscuitable - April 19, 2014 5:14 p.m.

    Go play Fate/stay night or Katawa Shoujo and eat your words. "Deservedly"? Seriously? They're not all porn.
  • n00b - February 15, 2014 11:10 a.m.

    I approve of this article
  • GR_LucasSullivan - February 16, 2014 2:08 p.m.

  • artcellrox - February 15, 2014 4:52 a.m.

    I know these are mostly humorous and somewhat relatively SFW results (with the possible exception of Katawa Shoujo and its optional erotic scenes), but I'd also like to recommend the visual novel Majikoi, just because of how much it emphasizes friendship as an important form of love as well. Love will come and go, but you can always count on the craziest bastards in your life to always have your back. Note that Majikoi is NSFW, and the "bad scenes" are there and unskippable, but they usually happen at the end of a girl's route and the stories and characters are a must-experience for anyone who just loves fun in general.
  • GOD - February 15, 2014 12:31 a.m.

    Forget the other slides.... he's literally stabbing him through the chest with his chin. It's trying to parody so hard that it's killing people with it's irony!!!
  • SpadesSlick - February 15, 2014 12:21 a.m.

    Namco High was made by Andrew Hussie so its not technically a japanese dating sim. But still it's Hussie so it's as bizarre probably.
  • TehWise - February 14, 2014 9:41 p.m.

    That pic 16
  • pl4y4h - February 14, 2014 6:27 p.m.

    Oh japan, you so crazy!
  • Shigeruken - February 14, 2014 5:28 p.m.

    Honorable mention to Persona 4?
  • polygrafix1 - February 14, 2014 4:47 p.m.

    Don't forget the most popular dating sim on iphone ;) - My Virtual Girlfriend which BTW- is free today.
  • ThatGamerDude - February 14, 2014 4:10 p.m.

    I forgot the name of it, but I do know that there is an alpaca dating-sim game around the internet. I remember watching Vinny from Vinesauce play it.
  • Child Of Death - February 14, 2014 3:36 p.m.

    JESUS FUCKING CHRIST THAT CRIKET IS FUCKING HORRIFYING!!! Are you sure its a dating sim and not a fucking horror game lol. But that one dating sim with the disabled girls in it is sweet. How did the hell did something like that come from the chaos of the 4chan boards is beyond me.
  • Kinara - February 14, 2014 3:33 p.m.

    As a person not particularly fond of 4chan and was a little skeptical to try Katawa Shoujo, I am very glad I did. It's one of the most beautiful VNs I have played and really does teach an invaluable lesson and look on life from BOTH sides. It will also punch you in the face quite often with feels, especially since they're realistic situations.

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