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Dating videogames are essentially puzzles based around relationships, identity, love and sex. They cast the player as a lonely singleton looking for love, who then has to develop strategies to win the affections of different potential partners, lovers and mates.

Dating games fall into the role playing adventure genre, but with quests that are focused in a relational direction. Although this is typically played out as a man looking to date various women and girls, many games provide the option of being a male or female.

Here are my Skylanders Swap Force let's play videos collected together in one place... watch now

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Catherine terrifies me, for what it says about me. The supposedly nightmarish images it conjures up pale alongside the way it reflects my decisions back at me -- ultimately making me question my real life choices. .. read now

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Mass Effect 2 creates some wonderfully intimate moments with the spoken word. As we look forward to a voice controlled Kinect Mass Effect 3, I wanted to revisit the conversations I have had in Mass Effect 2 and find out why they meant so much to me... read now

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A lot can change in your life in a few months, and in the time since I last wrote a lot has changed in mine both with gaming and dating... read now

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Last Window: The Secret of Cape West DS is a mystery about the burdens we all carry and the connections we share. After a slow start, I fell in love with Kyle Hyde's world all over again as I got to know the characters and share their stories... read now

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Shira Oka PC not only injects elements that keep the game fresh but it also breathes with innocent atmosphere and an obvious affection for Japan. With a dearth of role-playing statistics and dialogue paths it's a soulful dating game that I enjoyed immensely... read now

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Dinner Date PC is a brave experiment in mature gaming -- the sort of mature that doesn't involve any violence or nudity whatsoever. It is not exactly fun in the way games are traditionally fun, but it is exciting to see genuinely adult themes explored so honestly... read now

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Grace's Diary brings good writing and searching questions together for an intriguing experience. I was surprised to learn as much about myself as the general issues of teen violence the game addresses... read now

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Persona 3, the shining light of role-play games, streamlines the experience on PSP. Its blend of social interactions and night-time dungeon crawling caught me up in the atmospheric world. The new female perspective adds a fresh social angle to the story and creates one of most involving and beautiful role play games on any system... read now

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Star Ocean: The Last Hope PS3 is the worst RPG I've played. Lacking in soul, story and narrative this is a painful experience with a cliched cast and a predictably storyline. The beautiful environments and challenging battle system offer a bit of relief but the overall experience lacks anything approaching soul... read now

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Rune Factory for the DS is a delightful and cutesy game straight from the stable of Harvest Moon or Animal Crossing. Though almost overloaded with sugary sentiment I couldn't help but find this one of the most restful and inoffensive games I've ever player. It doesn't succeed with the unnecessary combat but the pastoral nature of farming and the interaction with the townsfolk give this game an unusual, if slightly odd soul... read now

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Mass Effect 2 is one of the greatest video games that I have ever played. The subtle links to the first game, the standard of character writing and the universe detail gave me an experience I quite literally fell in love with... read now

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The Chase: Felix Meets Felicity adds rom-com cliche to its platforming gameplay on the DS. Romantic missteps aside, although I enjoyed the gameplay for a while, no saving resulted in too much repetition for me... read now

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Dragon Age Origins on the PS3 is an absolutely epic role playing game with swathes of intimacy in the form of dialogue, relationships and characters finding out their stories. The effort and craft creates a game that can be tailored for each and every player... read now

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Mass Effect on the 360 was initially branded as playing loose and easy with gratuitous sex scenes. Now the fuss has died down I spent some time with Shepard and discovered a grown up game that took seriously broad relational gameplay. Rather than sex being a cheap trick it was genuinely part of an interesting interpersonal canvas... read now

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Next Life (Reprobates in some regions) is a third person point and click adventure with one of the most intriguing mystery stories in gaming. It tells a tale that weaves its way around romance, sex and nudity. But unfortunately it fails to deal seriously with characters on a human level. What might have been meaningful and enlightening tends more towards voyeurism... read now

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An hour of playing Hysteria Hospital Emergency Ward is a bit like an hour in my house with three small children. Deal with this one then tidy up after that one then, fetch something for the other one, blow someones nose, wipe a bottom and make snack. A bit too much like reality for me, but fun if you like multi-tasking on a whole new level!.. read now

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