Love them or ignore them they are a part of our industry and I was thinking to myself where did I start on my dating sim path. I mean I can assure you my first dating sim was not H but how do we find the gate way drug, that brings us from an innocent dating sim, to the concept most americans think of when they think of Dating sims.
My first dating sim was Love Hina for the Gameboy Advance. In reality I guess it kind of makes sense, being early in my otakuhood as I was looking through the internet I cam across a dating sim for the gameboy advance translated in english. It was of an anime I had been interested in Love Hina, which provided a nice into dating game standard such as flags and working on one girl. The game was very well done even if the translation was not the best, it included full motion video something I had never seen on a GBA before. My path was clear and I fell in love with the concept of dating games but it would be awhile before I would get my hands on my first H-dating sim.
Tsukihime would become my first H-game but it was interesting how I became interested in it in the first place. I had been introduced to the doujin game Melty Blood and while playing the main story My Friend and I while we could not understand a word written on the screen. We enjoyed making fun of the random blushes of of the main characters and thus my title, "why are they blushing!?" When I found out that Tsukihime its origin game was an erotic game I just had to check this out so I procured tsukihime, and became very intrigued indeed. Ero dating sims had "rewards" for you during the scenario, this defidently has shaped my enjoyment to this day .
Now I can even enjoy classics such as x-change and Raidy. and so now I throw this to you my fellow anime vice readers and also to the staff what was your first dating sim and was it ero? Please leave yours answers as comments, until then I'll be "investigating" some more.