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Japanese Man Marries Virtual Girlfriend

Last week, we told you about a new video game called 'Love Plus' that has swept Japanese men off their feet. The Nintendo DS game allows men to court and woo an array of virtual women. If they're lucky, the pretend players even get to "kiss" them. Well, one guy was apparently so, um, successful at it, that he has now decided to wed his 2-D girlfriend.

The man, known only as Sal9000, tied the knot with Nene Anegasaki during a 'Meet: Japan' event at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. As BoingBoing contributing editor Lisa Katayama reports, the ceremony was held before a live (and virtual) audience, replete with an MC, an actual priest, and, of course, the "girlfriend," who apparently said her own vows.

Katayama, in her insightful video commentary, suggests that the wedding is more "performance art" than conjugal bliss, and that it's just a case of one man unafraid to tell the world how much he loves a video game. And she may be right. In almost the same breath, though, she mentions some of the reactions from viewers and bystanders, some of whom "wondered aloud" whether Japan was coming to an end. But even if it is all just show, there's still an apocalyptic undercurrent that doesn't sit well with us -- kinda like 'Love Plus,' itself. To each his own, but we think we'll stick to girlfriends of the real variety.

[From: BoingBoing via: Neatorama]

Tags: dating, japan, loveplus, romance, top, weird

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