The games vary in detail and scope and are generally designed to appeal to heterosexuals. Games marketed towards men, tend to allow the man to 'tweak' the female character to their preferences and have a more overt sexual tone to them.
Flirting is key and the man plays a role of protector and benefactor, buying gifts and offering advice.
We aren’t convinced but one groom that went through the bizarre ritual claimed "The ceremony was quite complete as I saw in the scene," he said.
"The visuals of the ceremony were almost the same as what I like; matching to my taste." [Image Source: Dating games are super popular in Japan.
But, it's questionable whether an handshake session of an idol group is the cause of young people avoiding romantic attachments." A declining interest in dating, marriage, and childbirth among young people has been a long-time problem for Japan.
However, AKB48 is definitely popular, and there are many young people who put more emphasis on their support over their love life.
"I think I was able to find out more about their inner selves and not just judge them by their looks," said Chiharu Tsukahara, a 28-year-old office worker. I quite liked that," she added as she prepared to leave with Kishi and two friends for another date.
's "Close-up Modern " analyzed the reasons why young Japanese are so reluctant to get into relationships, and mentioned AKB48's handshake sessions, maid cafes, and manga as main culprits.
Some women also opt for a mask on days when they haven't worn makeup.
"Since I wasn't judged by my appearance, I think I was able to be more outgoing with women," said 28-year-old Yasumasu Kishi at a weekend speed dating event for 19 men and 18 women.