In most MMORPGs each player controls an avatar that interacts with other players, completes tasks to gain experience, and acquires items.
Development started back in 2006 as Mechscape, which was scrapped in 2009.
These games allowed the player to farm as usual, as well as explore dungeons, complete side quests, have animal companions in battle, and more.
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.
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.
They are also sometimes put under the category of neoromance.
The most common objective of dating sims is to date, usually choosing from among several characters, and to achieve a romantic relationship.