Dating Games Craze in China Condemned by Scientist


In a divisive article popular science channel Guoke investigated the influence of otome games on the romantic perceptions of young women.  The piece suggested that otome games might instill unrealistic romantic expectations in players.

Otome games are narrative-based video games aimed at young women, which focus on cultivating a romantic relationship between the female protagonist and male characters.


The research mentioned in the article shows that otome can create illusory romantic expectations in players. The claim provoked strong pushback from the gaming community in China


Chinese netizens accused the research of singling out women and perceived a double standard in the research In China, there are plenty of dating sim games produced for men, which the article glossed over. 

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