And it's pretty clear, from the small amount of Game FAQs discussions - and the lack of a FAQ - that not too many consumers are picking it up, either.] But it's an interesting game to be developed in the West, because it's one of only a couple of larger scale Western-developed dating games ever released. Gameloft's Sprung for DS immediately comes to mind, and Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude sorta counts. And while it's not been that well received, I think Brooktown High: Senior Year is absolutely worth checking out and discussing just because it's a relationship-centric game - you know, like that Facade thing that everyone raves about? You personalize your high school character when you start the game, and the questions they ask (about favorite locations, gadgets, styles) help make your character be like... But it's interesting - the game encourages you to play someone like yourself - in my case, a decidedly geeky guy.And this makes your interactions with the girls in the game a little more personal.Walk down any street or into any bar and you will see the oh-so familiar sight of foreign men with Chinese girls.Go on any internet forum and you will be able to access myriad conversations and threads extolling the trials and tribulations of dating Chinese girls, but what if we flip it the other way round?This was every bit as awkward as walking up to a stranger on the street and putting my face inches away from theirs.And it made me feel like a total creep—something no form of media outside of VR has ever done.But over the past 30 years, these customs have been upended.I’ve studied how traditional Chinese marriage rituals have evolved in response to globalization.
By looking at the development of Chinese television dating shows, we can see how love and marriage changed from a ritualized system mired in the past to the liberated, Western-style version we see today.
For single people, they’re a platform for seeking potential spouses; for fans, they’re the subject of gossip and dissection; for the cultural elites, they’re a topic for derision; and for the government, they’re a target for surveillance.
Compared with Western cultures, China has traditionally had a vastly different value system towards marriages and family.
Photo: Fe Ilya The sight of a western girl with a Chinese man is, although admittedly more and more commonplace, still a relative rarity and the information and advice available to Western women who are seeking to date Chinese men is still comparatively rare.
So rare, in fact, that Jocelyn Eikenburg, an American who has been married to a Chinese man for several years, has written a successful blog, and has even been interviewed by the BBC about this ‘phenomenon’.