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Japan Resort For Love Plus Players and Virtual Girlfriends

Japanese Resort Town Targets Men and Their Virtual Girlfriends

From robots officiating wedding ceremonies to humans marrying inanimate objects and animated characters, we've seen plenty of crossover love over the past year. Now a fading Japanese hot-spring town is rebranding itself as the vacation destination for young men and their virtual girlfriends.

Love Plus, a dating simulation game that allows men to pretend they're high school boys dating teenage girls, is what men are playing when they arrive in Atami, a coastal town 60 miles outside Tokyo. There are 13 romantic locations in Atami where suitors can bring their two-dimensional bar codes and augment them into real-life girlfriends. One hotel features two futon beds, one of which allows men to visualize girlfriends in a "flattering Summer kimono" while laying down.

None of this sounds sane to my old-fashioned wish to fall in love with a real, live human, but the company behind the game, Konami, argues it's teaching men how to be in relationships. Where other dating games have focused on wooing and winning the girl, Love Plus requires players to build long-term relationships. To get points, players must make the girl happy by paying attention to her (i.e. playing often). So maybe the only harm it's actually doing is spreading sexist ideas about what women want?

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tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
This is so disturbing, for every reason mentioned above and a whole lot more.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
I agree with others, this is rather f-ed up and not healthy. And I find the grossest part is that the men pretend to be TEENAGE boys with TEENAGE girls. like gross, that doesn't teach them anything but being a pedophile who can't interact with real women.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
Agree with everyone that 1. It's unhealthy to not be able to form any real relationships, and 2. It's creepy and sick that the relationships are with "girls" - albeit virtual ones.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
This is not healthy. It's tapping into creepy territory. First of all, it's not "teaching" men anything to have a vision of a TEENAGE girl lying on a bed in a kimono. This is just a gateway for the psychologically impaired to remain psychologically impaired rather than receive proper therapy to learn anything about true social bonds. This sounds like the plotline for an episode of Law & Order SVU.
cherryk cherryk 6 years
All I can say is WTF.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 6 years
Wow. It's rather sad and creepy...
bransugar79 bransugar79 6 years
sounds like a human version of the tamogachi
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