This is why dating sims are often called “Love Adventure Games” (恋愛アドベンチャーゲーム) in Japanese, or just “love games” (恋愛ゲーム).
In 1984, Sega created the first video game which entailed even a remote semblance of “dating.” The game was called “Girl’s Garden,” and it was only released in Japan.
The story revolved around a high school student who wanted to seduce a girl in the school’s tennis club.
On the way, that meant getting on the good side of people around the school, including her friends.
The game is “Tenshitachi no Gogo” (Angels’ Afternoon); and though it may have been the first big step into the direction of dating sims, it did not launch the company into popularity.The game is actually mildly pornographic, but the more pornographic games become, the more they move into the “eroge” genre. In 1982, Koei came out with the game “Night Life.” Early games like this gave Koei the success that really got them started as a series gaming company.And so we have today a wide selection of what are known as “dating simulation” games.Dating simulators, or “dating sims,” essentially have players work to win someone over.It was essentially an item-collection adventure game.