When the game ends, the player either loses the game if he failed to properly win over any of the girls, or "finishes" one of the girls, often by having sex with her, marrying her (as in Magical Date), and/or achieving eternal love.
This gives the games more replay value, since the player can focus on a different girl each time, trying to get a different ending.
Games where the player character is female and potential objects of affection are male are known as Gx B or otome games.
Homosexual relationships are also possible, as there are games with no specific gender lines ("all pairings").
There are many variations on this theme: high-school romances are the most common, but a dating sim may also take place in a fantasy setting and involve such challenges as defending one's girl from monsters.The degree of sexual content varies, but may often include intercourse.Sexually explicit dating sims may fall into the category of H Game or Eroge.The technical definition of a dating simulation game, known as a romantic simulation game in Japan, can involve several technical elements such as a time limit, several statistics such as looks and charm which can be boosted through exercise, or an "attraction meter" which can increase or decrease depending on one's decisions.Some original-English dating sims include Sim Girls, In a typical dating sim, the player controls a male avatar surrounded by female characters.This can lead to confusion, as visual novels are considered a subgenre of adventure games and are not technically included in the dating sim genre.