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Otome games such as Mystic Messenger and Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side are made specifically for women. The genre began with with Koei's 1994 game Angelique. Nowadays, otome games are mostly visual novels with a lot of reading, but the genre started with a dialogue-light management sim. When I sat down with Tim Rogers to play it for the first time, I saw a lot of the building blocks for later otome games, and a few ideas I wish would come back.

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In Japan, there is a genre of games specifically targeted at women. Called "neo-romance games" or "otome games" (maiden games), most are essentially harem romance stories with the genders reversed. But it wasn't always this way.