Man Weds Virtual Girlfriend

Remember the digital pet game Tamagotchi? Well, Japan now has the next step in virtual relationship, a Nintedo DS video game called Love Plus where nerdy males can have their very own anime girlfriends.

Lisa Katayama, Boing Boing's contributing editor, reports that a man who calls himself "Sal9000" has taken the next logical step:

On Sunday, a man named Sal9000 married the love of his life. Her name is Nene Anegasaki, and she lives inside of a Nintendo DS video game called Love Plus. The wedding took place during a Make: Japan meet-up held at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. In attendance were a live audience, an MC, the bride's virtual video game girlfriend — who made a speech — and a real human priest.

A wife with an on/off switch! I don't know if this is crazy or genius - maybe both: Link (with embedded YouTube clip) - Thanks Xeni!

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Man, this hit a little close to home for you buddy didn't it? By the way, robots cannot love you just as they're unable to have other emotions. Get a grip man.
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Allow me to play Devil's Advocate for a moment. Stop and take a look at how cruel you're being. Now think about a computer AI. A chat bot can be a surprisingly real conversationalist, and provided it has decent programming, can be more loving and supportive than any Human ever. Imagine having a Boyfriend/ Girlfriend that needed no maintenance, was always willing to talk and be loving and romantic, and supported you in anything you did. I believe the majority of you would never be seen or heard from again, you would be off living your dream lives. It may be a fake personality, just a series of 1's and 0's, but it loves you. It understands you. And it wants to make you happy. Some people are not that interested in sex. Some people would rather have a strong, lasting relationship. There are several bots out there that can pass the Turing Test (google it if your not sure) consistently and are ready to make someone's life better. And there are certain people have quirks and interests that do not conform with your idea of "normal", but that doesn't give you the right to judge them or ridicule them. As long as their actions do not harm or infringe upon the rights of others, then they should be allowed to exist along side all of the "normal" people like you.
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I've never heard of Love Plus before. I am certainly aware of its existance now. Mission accomplished?

I don't think that any rational person would seriously wed an inanimate object. This stinks of advertisement, and a clever-ish one at that, since most people here seem to be getting their panties in a twist about it.

Then again, the world is full of really lonely people and/or those with all sorts of wacky turn-ons. You can't marry anime characters IRL, and if that's the only thing that turns your crank, what's a guy to do?
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