Homosexual relationships are also possible, as there are games with no specific gender lines ("all pairings").
There are also Girls' Love games, which focus on female/female relationships, and Boys' Love games, which focus on male/male pairings.
Because of this, Eroge companies make a censored all-ages (15 ) version of the PC version for various consoles.
Dating sims originated in Japan, where traditional dating sims, such as Love Plus, are dialog-heavy and focus on time management.
In a typical dating sim, the player controls a male avatar surrounded by female characters.
The gameplay involves conversing with a selection of girls, attempting to increase their internal "love meter" through correct choices of dialogue.
Dating sims such as Tokimeki Memorial, and some role-playing games with similar relationship based mechanics to the genre such as Persona, often give choices that have a different number of associated "mood points" which influence a player character's relationship and future conversations with a non-player character.
These games often feature a day-night cycle with a time scheduling system that provides context and relevance to character interactions, allowing players to choose when and if to interact with certain characters, which in turn influences their responses during later conversations.