Generally, a single man and woman who know each other organize the gōkon in advance, each agreeing to bring three or four eligible friends.
The venue is usually a restaurant, an izakaya, or anywhere people can eat, drink and make a bit of noise.
is a group blind date, typically used to form at least some friendships between two groups that are each of a single sex.
The gameplay involves conversing with a selection of girls, attempting to increase their internal "love meter" through correct choices of dialogue.
The game lasts for a fixed period of game time, such as one month or three years.
The most common objective of dating sims is to date, usually choosing from among several characters, and to achieve a romantic relationship.
The term "dating sim" is also often used incorrectly in English as a generic term for romance-driven games (ren'ai games), a subject matter which is stereotypically associated with the visual novel genre.
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