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New Video Game Provides Virtual Girlfriend
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Posted 11/16/09 , edited 11/26/09
Does new video game take virtual dating too far?

Typically we don't kiss and tell, but we couldn't resist spilling the beans about Konami's DS game, Love Plus. It's just too creepy to keep to ourselves.

Currently only out in Japan, Love Plus is a dating simulation that lets you court several different virtual girls. If you play your cards right, one of them will start to fall for you.

And that's precisely where things go from odd to just plain icky.

As you grow closer, you'll need to take your new fake girlfriend out on dates -- in real time, no less -- and start planning your future together. Eventually she might ask for a kiss, which requires touching her on the lips. Or perhaps she'll ask you to whisper sweet nothings in her ear, which requires babbling pleasantries into the DS microphone (and a serious lack of shame).

An interview posted on BoingBoing revealed more sordid details about Love Plus, as told through the experience of happily married San Francisco man Koh and his happily not-a-real-person-at-all girlfriend, Rinko. When asked what they did together, Koh lent some insight into their awkward relationship:

"Ok, this is pretty embarrassing. The DS has a mic and a touchscreen, so... one time, she asked me to say 'I love you' a hundred times into the mic. I was on the airplane when she asked me that, so I was like, no way. There was also this part where you have to hold her hand on the touchscreen. If you touch her hand with the stylus, you get to hold her hand. And then there's the part where you have to kiss her."

OMG! So did he?

"No, no!" he responded when prodded by the interviewer. "The girl's face shows up on the screen, and you have to touch her lips to give her a kiss. That's pretty weird.... this is embarrassing. I'm sweating right now just talking about it."

Love Plus has caused quite a stir in Japan, as some wives have complained that their husbands are effectively 'cheating' on them by spending too much time with their virtual significant others. Do you agree? Or is this just harmless (albeit a little disturbing) fun? Sound off in the comments.






EVERYONE WATCH THIS!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsikPswAYUM&feature=fvhl
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Posted 11/16/09
Next up: Virtual Reality.
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Dating sims, ok. But the DS' technology and ahem- "input devices" take it a little too far.
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Posted 11/17/09
what?
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Posted 11/17/09
Best. Game. Ever.
Posted 11/17/09
A vitural girlfriend means vitural sex
That's sad
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Posted 11/18/09
At least the girls are good looking
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Posted 11/18/09
what the hell
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Posted 11/18/09
Dude WTF
If they released that in the U.S.A i wonder how much Creepier the Creepers will become
and im happy we dont have those kinda games and i once again have to ask
WHAT THE FUCK!?
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Posted 11/19/09

twilight_zin wrote:

A vitural girlfriend means vitural sex
That's sad


Agreed, if i cant do her in real life then whats the point?

Tell me when they come out with human androids.. i will be pleased then. unless its an android assassin trying to get close just to kill me.
You know, i think i will stick to real girls all in all.
Posted 11/19/09
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net relationships are lame, virtual girlfriend is second to none in lameness.
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Posted 11/19/09
lol soeiurlsy who would even go near this thing ? XD
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saroin420 wrote:

lol soeiurlsy who would even go near this thing ? XD


I think you'd be surprised.....

I think this will really cater to 2 people in general...very lonely self loathing people, and people who dream that anime girls were real because they are so much better than real ones....in both cases....creeeeeeppppyyyy
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YoYuri wrote:


saroin420 wrote:

lol soeiurlsy who would even go near this thing ? XD


I think you'd be surprised.....

I think this will really cater to 2 people in general...very lonely self loathing people, and people who dream that anime girls were real because they are so much better than real ones....in both cases....creeeeeeppppyyyy


well said ! lol
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Posted 11/23/09

YoYuri wrote:


saroin420 wrote:

lol soeiurlsy who would even go near this thing ? XD


I think you'd be surprised.....

I think this will really cater to 2 people in general...very lonely self loathing people, and people who dream that anime girls were real because they are so much better than real ones....in both cases....creeeeeeppppyyyy


Two Thumbs up.. Lot's of people will get this game at the most.. Speaking of getting this game.. This DS game is actually very likely to be pirated.. Now that's another case.. Well whatver.. Good point all in all..
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