Dating simulation game newgrounds
In the West, dating sims are still seen as a niche market.Despite Western thought, dating sims are not necessarily pornographic.There have been multiple spin-offs (such as puzzle games) and multiple adaptations (such as an anime, Tokimeki Memorial Only Love.) Aspects of dating sims have been transferred into modern non-dating sim games.Modern games have optional "social link" features, where you can build up relationships between supporting characters granting different benefits.
While the genre started in the 1980s, arguably the first dating sim to make it big is Tokimeki Memorial, first released for the PC in 1994. Due to its popularity, the game been remade multiple times (Tokimeki Memorial: Forever With You, Tokimeki Memorial: Densetsu no Ki no Shita de, etc.) and has been ported to multiple systems (Game Boy Color, Play Station, Super Famicom, mobile phones, PSP).Over the years, Pico became the Series Mascot of Newgrounds alongside other famous characters such as Alien Hominid, The Clock Crew, and the Tankmen, and even gained an Evil Counterpart Spin-Off series in the form of Piconjo (an extremly pale Pico with a BFS and a dong the size of a tree, resulting in 99% of his apparitions culminating in a penis joke or something related), described by Newgrounds itself as the Wario to Pico's Mario.Scroll halfway down on any Flash video on the site, and you'll see an option to rate the video. Pico, Piconjo, and Pico's best friends Darnell (a black Pyro Maniac and Mad Bomber kid) and Nene (a suicidal Chinese girl with quite an addiction to blades and a comical tendency to catch herpes due to her loose morals, who is often portrayed as Pico's Love Interest) are only the main characters of the whole Picoverse.The term dating sim is also often used as a synonym for the visual novel genre.In a typical dating sim, the player controls a male avatar surrounded by female characters.