JPGamer: Dating Sim Month: Magical Diary

It may not be a Japanese game in itself, but Hanako Games' Magical Diary is a great example of not only a traditional dating sim model, but also of "otome games" aimed specifically at female players.

A Life Less Ordinary: Living a Virtual Life

"Life sims" are an interesting spinoff of the strategy and RPG genres, and with the current popularity of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, they're at the forefront of the public's attention at present. Pete investigates some of the most intriguing examples over the years.

"Gritty" and "Mature" Aren't Synonyms

We saw quite a few games at E3 obviously shooting for adult audiences, but making something dark isn't the only way to be mature.