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Why dating simulations seem better than real dates

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by , 7th April 2013 at 04:17 AM (633 Views)
At least nothing gets ugly.

I'm not talking about the characters here. Of course, dating simulations are meant to give the players satisfaction - they ARE designed to be beautiful, and the CGs they offer are definitely worth every moment to collect for completing your album.

What I mean is, you don't get in fights, you don't throw tantrums, and you don't pick on the other person's sentences and retort them word by word. There aren't any hurtful tears, and there aren't any situations where you have to worry about what your date might be thinking about you.

It isn't completely sunshine and rainbows, but at least in dating sims, you don't have to worry about getting in complicated relationships with the other person. You don't have to worry about getting hated on for something you said.

And even if all fails, with all that parameters you've raised for that target guy/girl, you can still lead a life you want in another direction.

I wonder if dates in real life could ever be that simple.

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  1. Reila's Avatar
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  2. Green Zubat's Avatar
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    I'm sorry, but I never got dating sims. They've always just struck me as a shallow facsimile of the real deal. Sure, in a simulation, you don't have to worry about what the other "person" is thinking, but that's only because they aren't thinking anything at all.

    In real life, there are other autonomous people involved with real feelings. Sure people can be douchebags, but when a actual person loves you it's for real. With a simulation, it's all a façade; at best they're just going through the motions. They could say the sweetest things, and give you the cutest smile, all the while feeling absolutely nothing. In real life, people like that would be described as high functioning sociopaths. It's quite disturbing, really.

    Real life will never be as perfect as an idealised dating sim, but in the words of Voltaire, "the perfect is the enemy of the good".
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  3. Zexy's Avatar
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    I don't get the point of dating simulators at all at the first place.
    You can't simulate something like that, it's just impossible.
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    @Green Zubat; That is the point of dating simulations. At least people don't lie to you in that world. People don't try to use you, or simply ditch you after 'playing around' for a bit - you don't get betrayed, and you don't get hurt. The system is programmed so that the amount of effort you dedicated to your target will always result in the appropriate rewards. You did something for them, you get something from them. In real life, those things never happen. Of course, one might say that is the real appeal of real life love that it takes an indefinite amount of time to acquire what you want... but at least in the simulation world you can get your satisfaction - get your perfect guy/girl without having to go through heartaches. It's just wishing that life were more simple.

    @BlueWartortle; If they were impossible, they wouldn't be selling so strong among the fans. Even Harvest Moon and Rune Factory enables you to dedicate yourself to someone in the game for future marriage.
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  5. Zexy's Avatar
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    @Spectrum Achromatic; The fact that they are selling does not mean that they can be actually compared to any real date. These things just don't match...


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