February is Dating Sim Month!

Jurassic Heart Screenshot

Over at Chic Pixel, a buddy of mine has started hosting themed game-alongs each month. The first was based on Falcom games in January, and now that February has rolled around a new theme has been chosen. Anne has christened February as Dating Sim Month! As I adore dating sims/visual novels/etc, this was something I simply had to share with the readers of Pixel Pacas.

Basically, these game-alongs serve as a good way to get you to play more games but they also foster community discussion on the theme. If you want to participate, all you have to do is choose a game that in some way could be considered romantic and get playing! This could include visual novels with romantic leads to pursue such as Sweet Fuse: At Your Side, games with stat building like the Tokimeki Memorial series (or Nicole, a Western dating sim), and stuff that just includes dating like Rune Factory 4 or practically any Harvest Moon! The goal is for lots of people to participate and have fun – not to shut someone out if they don’t own a “true” dating sim.

Participants are free to play and share their experiences via Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, blog, or any other easily-accessible method. The hashtag for this event is #DatingSiMonth. Yes, there’s only one “M” in there so don’t get confused (like I initially did!). All this information is available in more detailed form on Chic Pixel so head on over!

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  • apricotsushi

    Thanks for the great writeup, Marcus! I love the image you chose :3

    • All things considered, I probably should have used a Paca Plus screenshot but I love dinosaurs too! šŸ˜›

  • MrNinjaSquirrel

    I’m planning to play through Analogue: A Hate Story sometime this month, which while not a “true” dating sim is still something of the sort, and now seems a doubly appropriate time to finally dig into it.

    • apricotsushi

      I think that’d be a great one to try! We’re really not being tight about our definition of “dating sim” šŸ˜€

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