Here in the West, however, we tend to see a fairly limited selection get localized -- and due to the popular (and wildly inaccurate) assumption that male players still make up the majority of the gaming community, they tend to be of the "bishoujo" ("pretty girl") variety aimed squarely at heterosexual males.Actually, here in the West we have a somewhat more liberal definition of what constitutes a "dating sim." Anything with some sort of relationship mechanic built in tends to be referred to if not as an outright dating sim, then certainly having dating sim elements.
Over time, though, both you as the player and Yuuto as the protagonist start to recognize words and patterns that the characters use, and gradually everyone begins to understand one another.
It's quite literally a life simulator in which the primary focus of your machinations is to find yourself in a romantic relationship (and, possibly, bed) with someone who takes your fancy.
In Japan, dating sims constitute a popular game genre, and are released to cater to all manner of gender, sexuality and taste combinations.
This week, I wanted to talk about a wonderful game called Aselia the Eternal. Originally released in Japan as an adults-only title, it was subsequently completely rewritten -- and all the adult content removed -- for a Play Station 2 release, which was ported back to PC and eventually, some years later, officially translated and released by visual novel specialists JAST USA, allowing English speakers to play it for the first time without having to resort to fan translations and potentially dodgy means of acquiring the game content.
For those concerned about censorship, don't worry; the "all-ages" version we have today doesn't feel compromised in any form, and due to its substantial rewrites and expansions over the original, is in fact regarded by some players as the definitive version.