Why Do So Many Dating Sim and Narrative Games Take Place in Schools, Anyway?

Are high school or college overplayed as game settings…or a perfect fit for relationship-driven genres?

Rachel from Summer Session, a dating sim collaboration between well-known visual novel devs Hanako Games and Winter Wolves

As yet another summer and set of graduations kick off, it got me to thinking about how often I’ve seen schools as settings in dating sims, visual novels, and other games with friendship, romance, and story elements.