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.

It seems that Windows users have all the fun, while users of competing operating systems are left out in the cold.

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But she’ll also encounter the other men who she may end up saving, and even, developing a deeper bond with.

If you’re even mildly interested in dating simulation games, then there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Clannad.

The PC is an open platform with tons of great development tools, making it ideal for small indie developers to target.

Steam on the other hand, has made digital distribution cost-effective, efficient, and accessible to a massive audience.

But don’t let that put you off, as this still ranks as one of those dating simulation games you need to check out.

You’ll assume the role of Aoi who was formerly a member of a cycling club at his previous school, but after injuring his legs he retires and heads back to his hometown.

Unfortunately, the English localization is censored which takes some of the edge off.

I know purists hate that, but that’s just the nature of the beast.

It was developed by Key and initially launched on Windows PCs back in 2004, selling incredibly well.

So much so, that it was ported to other platforms and also received anime, manga, and film adaptations.

Here he’ll meet several beautiful girls, who’ll hopefully help him bring back the spark that’s missing in his life.