Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 31] : Love Bomb

Love Bomb

This week, why is the gang so giddy? Perhaps it’s because the Reverend has bestowed video game-themed gifts upon the other podcasters, or maybe it’s just because the most romantic of holidays is fast approaching. Either way, it’s time to talk about dating sims.

Mandi is the dating sim expert in the group, so she’s got plenty of facts about the early, pornographic days of the genre (which we mentioned a bit way back in our first ever episode). After that, we delve into the evolution of the Fire Emblem series, making “woohoo” happen in The Sims, and Geralt’s sex life in The Witcher 3. We’ve also got some secret info on Final Fantasy VII‘s hidden dating sims mechanics (more on that here), as well as a it on Star Ocean: The Second Story‘s Private Action system (and more on that one here). And no dating sims conversation would be complete without several minutes of chatter about Hatoful Boyfriend.

Finn and Poe in Love

Put on some headphones and let us romance you in the ears.

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Josh (The Forward Thinker)

Rev. Rebecca Nathaniel (The Nostalgic Alcoholic)

Julian (The Moderator)

Mandi (The Lead Research Specialist)

To see a full list of games mentioned in this episode, visit the Half-Glass Gaming website.

Plus, don’t forget to stop back next week: New episodes air every Wednesday.

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  • Jimmy Mamatas

    What an interesting episode! I never could have imagined you’d think of a Valentines Day topic. I don’t think I’ve ever played a pure dating sim, but based on what Mandi said, I’ve played some titles that were influenced by them. I’ll never cease to be impressed by her knowledge of video game history.

    • Josh Wirtanen

      Oh, we’ve got more topics than you could ever imagine! Haha!

      Thanks for listening! Glad you loved the episode!

    • I’ve gotten to the point where I just ask a question, sit back and let the flood gates of Mandi’s mind palace wash over me with a wealth of facts. She is one in a million, and I’m glad she is on the side of good. Thanks for the ear time Jimmy, and Happy V-Day!

  • mako33

    Suddenly I want to play Hatoful Boyfriend more than anything.

    • Josh Wirtanen

      Yeah. This conversation really sold me on it. I think I’ll probably play it now.

  • Thief921

    Ever since I played Mass Effect I wanted every game to have romance options. It just doesn’t feel right without them.

    • I’m on the fence, but I do appreciate when they are offered in the event that I do opt in. I can do without the weird sex cutscenes though, they still look just down right bizarre to me. It’s like watching two action figures go at it.

      I will say that I chose to seduce Jack in ME2 and immediately regretted it. Once she shut down after the fact and became closed off and guarded towards me I felt like a jerk. She was definitely my favorite character in that games.

      • Thief921

        I agree, sex cutscenes in games always look weird. The only good ones I’ve seen fade to black. I don’t know why they bother.

        • Totally. I don’t know if you’ve played the Witcher 3, but they are painful to watch, and there is a ton of sex to be had in that game. The fade to black is definitely the way to go.

  • Specter

    When Mandy says ew in that little voice it sounds so cute I just love to listen to her talking.

  • Jdcomix

    I don’t mind romance but I hate how it feels like the fan base treats so many games as dating sims now. People just talk about romance and ignore the rest of the game.

  • discipleofpizza

    I thought the romance in some games like Final Fantasy 10 was great but in games like Mass Effect where you pick a girlfriend it felt forced.

  • Evander

    You guys didn’t mention Katawa Shoujo but that was surprisingly good and memorable. Its free if you’ve never played it.

  • Tyrant Fluffy Pants

    Some of them dating sims are so funny lol. You should do more episodes with weird games.

  • Tyrant Fluffy Pants

    Some of them dating sims are so funny lol. You should do more episodes with weird games.

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