Lots of players get turned onto these aspects from story and character-driven Bio Ware games like Dragon Age, and if you’re a fan of those, I have a few recommendations to help welcome you into the otome genre.
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The backlash is gendered and misogynistic in two parts: first, writer Jennifer Hepler, who wrote some of the romantic plots of the game, was harassed until she ultimately left Bio Ware, a depressingly familiar narrative for women in gaming; two, in the same way that the Romance section in a bookstore is considered full of bad literature for frivolous women, serious narrative devotion to romance and erotica in a game is “something that somehow drains roleplay gaming of its grittier essence and threatens to drown epic storylines in cooties.” Backlash aside, games that distance themselves from their romantic and erotic subcultures also tacitly reinforce the problems within our own sexual culture.
When left to write their own rules, ERP communities tend to mirror their real-life counterparts: kink-positive but with a double standard against women, heteronormative and full of casual sexual harassment (even in-game, a male avatar can pursue a female one relentlessly).
JAST USA subsequently licensed Zettai Fukujuu Meirei under the title Absolute Obedience, while Hirameki International licensed Animamundi; the later game, although already nonexplicit, was censored for US release to achieve a 'mature' rather than 'adults only' rating, removing some of both the sexual and the violent content.
The game casts you in the role of a single father who has just moved to a new town with his teenage daughter.
Generally you meet several characters, and will have to choose one to court.