Groping breasts bad. Brushing away insects good. The important lessons in Dream Club Zero

In Japan, a hostess is a woman who works at an expensive bar where she's paid to drink and flatter her male customers. Depending on the club, the job may or may not involve “after,” a practice which has the hostess accompany her customer off site to have sex. In those cases, it's plainly exploitative prostitution. Sounds like a perfect videogame premise, right?

Dream C Club and the upcoming Dream Club Zero for the Xbox 360 simulate a hostess club sans all the dirty stuff like STD testing, protection money, and cirrhosis of the liver. Dream Club Zero contains a few new additions to the dating sim series and its entirely-innocent goal of winning the heart of one lucky girl (it's not sexual at all).

One of the new mechanics is called the “Dream Insect,” a bug that will occasionally fly near a hostess when you're trying to woo her. Brush off the insect without copping a feel and you'll be rewarded with a message reading “good” and a thankful hostess. Fail to be decent and instead grope the lady unsuspectingly, and you'll be treated to an angry hostess.

Bad! No unwanted touching! No really. Assaults involving unwanted groping are common enough in Japan that on busy train lines in Tokyo there are women-only cars during rush hour. There are also signs that read “groping is a crime” posted in most train stations.

It's not surprising that groping would make an appearance in a Japanese dating sim, it's just fun to point out. Carry on. Riiiight after this...

Above: Her face says "no," but the giant pink hearts shooting out of her back suggest otherwise...

[Source: Andriasang]

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  • link07 - December 8, 2010 10:58 p.m.

  • gamingfreak - December 8, 2010 9:29 p.m.

    I need to move to Japan...
  • Duke1394 - December 8, 2010 9:08 p.m.

  • AwesomeGuitarSoloMan - December 8, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    The part of me that is an advocater for women's rights is glad that the player would be punished for groping, The part of me that is a man says that copping a feel is awesome
  • JPorFavor - December 8, 2010 3:17 p.m.

    I wish you would review more of these dating sim games. Like that witch touching one you did long ago. Oh the laughter I got.
  • FeatherFang - December 8, 2010 3:42 a.m.

    @ Wilde Thanks for responding, your comment made me feel much better :) I just hope this doesn't explode into something crazy, like when CNN was bored and did that video about Rapelay, it was ridiculous. (Well I don't play those kind of games, but I can't force people from giving profit to the devs) Now those people who play illusion games have to pirate it. Well thanks for responding ^ you don't have to read all that, sorry :(
  • werewolfninja - December 8, 2010 2:43 a.m.

    This seems perfect for the Kinect.
  • Cyberninja - December 8, 2010 2:42 a.m.

    I wouldn't be surprised if japan announced a day where rape is legal.
  • thefreakysurgeon - December 8, 2010 2:28 a.m.

    hahahahahahahahahahahaha Greatest videogame EVER! ...not really :)
  • D0CCON - December 8, 2010 2:26 a.m.

    And to think it was the Japanese that attacked America on this day so many years ago. They've kinda devolved since then, huh?
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - December 8, 2010 1:55 a.m.

    @FeatherFang More views? Maybe. But we also post all the stuff from Japan that we love and respect (most of us, or maybe all of us credit Japan with our first gaming memories), as well as all the ridiculous stuff that comes out of North America and Europe, of which there is plenty. Don't worry, we make fun of every culture equally, and I think that's pretty fair.
  • FeatherFang - December 8, 2010 1:44 a.m.

    OK I know posting these articles about JP perverted game are fun, but these kind of things are promoting ^ that kind of thinking (no offense, you guys were probably posting that for fun and are familiar with this stuff, so no big deal) however others unfamiliar with this stuff, will bring on REALLY BAD preconceptions about Japan which I think is unfair. Sometime in this video (6:11) explains somethings which I think explains my words better than my comment. Damn it, do these articles actually bring you guys more views? I can just go to Sanaku or type something in on Google...
  • Robx - December 8, 2010 1:32 a.m.

    And on with the jap cr- HOLY SHIT ENRAGEDTORTOISE IS RIGHT!
  • Turboash - December 8, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    Japan... you so crazy!
  • EnragedTortoise1 - December 8, 2010 1:02 a.m.

    Yeeep, that's Japan alright. Wait, this wasn't written by Tyler! *le gasp*
  • AnonymouZ - December 8, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    lul, these kind of games are FUN. if and after you zip up... and you understand japanese... AND have no girlfriends.
  • ventanger - December 8, 2010 1 a.m.

    There's a groping problem in Japan?! How absurd! It's not as though it's glamorized or anything...
  • Corsair89 - December 8, 2010 12:52 a.m.

  • batmanboy11 - December 8, 2010 12:46 a.m.

  • jean-maxime - December 8, 2010 12:44 a.m.

    lame first ?

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