Dating sims and life sims

is a subgenre of simulation video games in which the player lives or controls one or more virtual lifeforms.A life simulation game can revolve around "individuals and relationships, or it could be a simulation of an ecosystem".Artificial life games are related to computer science research in artificial life.

It also includes genetic artificial life games, where players manages populations of creatures over several generations.In 1986, the early biological simulation game Bird Week was released.In the mid-1990s, as artificial intelligence programming improved, true AI virtual pets such as Petz and Tamagotchi began to appear.Around the same time, Creatures became "the first full-blown commercial entertainment application of Artificial Life and genetic algorithms".Today online games which allow you to raise show dogs or sim horse games are also quite popular.

Some artificial life games allow players to manage a population of creatures over several generations, and try to achieve goals for the population as a whole.Players are able to watch forces of natural selection shape their population, but can also interact with the population by breeding certain individuals together, by modifying the environment, or by introducing new creatures from their design.Another group of biological simulation games seek to simulate the life of an individual animal whose role the player assumes (rather than simulating an entire ecosystem controlled by the player).These include Wolf and its sequel Lion, the similar Wolf Quest, and the more modest Odell educational series.In addition, a large number of games have loose biological or evolutionary themes but don't attempt to reflect closely the reality of either biology or evolution: these include, within the "God game" variety, Evolution: The Game of Intelligent Life and Spore, and within the arcade/RPG variety, a multitude of entertainment software products including Bird Week, Eco and EVO: Search for Eden.Dating sims, or relationship simulation role-playing games (RS-RPG), are a video game subgenre of simulation games, usually Japanese, with romantic elements.