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What nostalgia looks like in 2017 isn't what it looked like at the dawn of video games. The virtual worlds in which we play have long hinged on callbacks to outdoor things, countryside adventures, wooded escapes or play-fighting in the grass.

Yes, many of our childhoods were spent in backyard kid gangs, dreaming of brotherly knighthood, mystical water fairies or whatever. Endless Steam inventories of fantasy role-playing games reflect this obsession with the natural, pure way things were. My childhood was no different, at least half the time, when I wasn't on the internet. Finally, games are catching up to that.

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The Korean dating simulator Mystic Messenger has become somewhat of a sensation among over a million women worldwide. It's an "otome" game (literally, "maiden game") that offers female players a harem of anime boys to court. These suitors are all charming in their own ways and all have their particular emotional needs. And, goddamn, are they needy.