You’d be hard pressed to find a single 20-something who isn’t on Tinder, OKCupid, Happn or any one of countless dating apps.
You can debate the impact this has had on love and relationships, but what happens when you make courtship an actual game?
He told d' Aki that all he really wants is someone who tells him "good morning" when he wakes each morning and "good night" when he goes to bed each night.
Two of Japan’s most popular dating sim series, , where you have the opportunity to romance the cute virtual boy of your choice.
"Just like in real love, the story has to evolve, otherwise the relationship has no future," he told d' Aki.
Not all who play these games are lonely or out of touch, and d' Aki said she found most stories about romance games to be one-sided and unfair.
"It took a great deal of time and patience, but in the end it worked out fine," d’Aki says. While some players realize its a game, others live in a world somewhere between reality and fantasy.
A gamer named Masano has been dating his virtual girlfriend since 2009 and brings his console everywhere he goes.
In an ironic twist, they occasionally had to woo potential subjects with dinner.