“I figured I better start something a little less tangible,” he says.
So, eventually, he started a video game contest: the Life. Game Design Challenge, which is now in its sixth year, and just announced its 2013 winners.
Lots of players get turned onto these aspects from story and character-driven Bio Ware games like Dragon Age, and if you’re a fan of those, I have a few recommendations to help welcome you into the otome genre.
While all you need to be “good at” is reading and making choices -- don’t worry if you don’t normally play games -- there are some important things to know about how these games work.
In Japan, dating sim characters are referred to as “capturable” -- whether that means you capture their hearts or their bodies depends on the game.
Crecente, who lives in Atlanta, says teen dating violence is an under-acknowledged problem (compared to, say, full-on domestic violence).
Adults sometimes minimize teen relationships as “puppy love,” and schools and parents don’t always discuss it openly, he argues.
Plus, it’s hard to communicate with teens in love, and for young people to know what is, and isn’t, an abusive relationship.
“It may be the first relationship they’ve ever been in, and they might not know what is normal or healthy, or abnormal or unhealthy,” Crecente says.