This can lead to confusion, as visual novels are considered a subgenre of adventure games and are not technically included in the dating sim genre.
While the two genres often share a common visual presentation, dating sims are sometimes considered to be more statistically based than the "choose your own adventure" style of visual novels.
There are also GL games, which focus on female/female relationships, and BL Games, which focus on male/male pairings.
There are many variations on this theme: high-school romances are the most common, but a dating sim may also take place in a fantasy setting and involve such challenges as defending one's girl from monsters.
As much attention as men get for the games many play we forget something that’s very true.
Many women are the masters of the “game” and have been running circles around men since the beginning of time.
While bishōjo games make up the bulk of dating sims, other types of games exist.
Dating sims such as Tokimeki Memorial often revolve almost entirely around relationship-building, usually featuring complex character interactions and branching dialogue trees, and often presenting the player's possible responses word-for-word as the player character would say them.
Dating sims such as Tokimeki Memorial, and some role-playing games with similar relationship based mechanics to the genre such as Persona, often give choices that have a different number of associated "mood points" which influence a player character's relationship and future conversations with a non-player character.
Eroge only gets released to PC because large Japanese game companies do not want to release games with sexual content on their game consoles.
Because of this, Eroge companies make a censored all-ages (15 ) version of the PC version for various consoles.