Romance in VR Is as Weird as You Think it Is

Where action and adventure games in VR have to overcome motion sickness and limited movement for immersion, romantic VR games have the challenge of not making the player feel awkward. At Tokyo Game Show 2016, a virtual man pinned me to a chair, I sat in an elegant bath with an anime girl version of Augustus, and did many more weird things.

While dating sims like Hatoful Boyfriend or games with dating elements like the Mass Effect or Persona series give you choices in your romance, the relationship doesn’t actually star you; it stars the character you play as in the scenario. However, in VR, you are the star, and this is happening to you, albeit virtually. The more intimate VR games definitely take some time to get used to.

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