Video game magazines that I read regularly would cover Japanese imports and niche titles, but dating sims were merely a curiosity and nothing more. The games industry has grown exponentially and modern gamers are interested in titles beyond the scope of the action, shooting and role-playing genres.
We've been seeing stronger interest in PC gaming lately, and we have the rise of Steam to thank for this.
And to all my NG fans-- there are only a few of you, but I love ya!
For the NG boys, I included a girl for Sara to court, woot. Seems like it's harder for us girls to find dating sims than for guys to find dating sims.
Jumping race or social castes is just the beginning; no line is too sacred for these poignant tales of romance.