A Sim who is already Downtown can approach another Sim and say "Let's Date" or "Let's Hang Out".
A Sim's date will follow him/her and do activities together while they fill up the date meter and fulfill their wants before the time runs out.
The mechanism is similar to that of a party, but dating can be done on a community lot and only involves two Sims.
Some examples of dating disasters are aspiration failure, failing to pay a dining bill, having a bladder failure, being caught cheating, or being beaten by Mrs. In short, most bad things are considered as dating disasters.
As a date begins, the timer immediately appears with the initial time of 3 Sim hours.
Players would often use this as a way of letting Sims go to Old Town by themselves, so that something such as going to sell vegetables or buy pet treats wouldn't have to be a family excursion.
In The Sims 2: Nightlife, dating is a mini-game scenario involving two Sims.
A date and an outing are two similar scenarios, but Sims cannot be on a date and an outing at the same time. Like other romantic interactions, asking Sim on a date will trigger romantic interest, jealousy, and can only be done by teens and older.
Teens can only ask other teens on a date, while young adults, adults, and elders can ask any of the three ages on a date.
Sims will not get a time penalty if their date score drops to a lower threshold, nor will they get another time extension for reaching a tier if they have reached it once.