Man Weds 2D Virtual Girlfriend in Real LifeBy Jared Newman
Update: The celebration went swimmingly, and there’s video to prove it.
Interesting fact about Guam: You can apparently bring your virtual girlfriend there to get married. Smitten with the fair anime maiden Nene Anegasaki in Love Plus, a man reportedly took his Nintendo DS to a Guam church, where he and the very two-dimensional character were wedded in arguably unholy matrimony. The report originates from Gizmodo.jp, which received a letter to the editor explaining the situation. The man intends to celebrate the marriage in Japan, and has invited the media to look in on the ceremony at 12:00 p.m. (Local time? It’s not clear) on Sunday.
Love Plus is a Nintendo DS game that has players court three virtual women. In the first half of the game, players juggle relationships with all three, but the second half becomes open-ended, letting the player develop a relationship with the character through communication and interaction. There are over 5,000 scripts in the game, 150 CG events and 20,000 voices. Love Plus uses the Nintendo DS’s real-time clock, so events in the game depend on when you’re playing. What I’m not sure about is whether Nene knows that she’s married now. That could be a disaster. Oh, and if you think this is a one-off thing, consider that over 3,000 people have signed a petition seeking the right to marry 2D characters. Will Guam become the 2D avatar marriage capital of the world? [via Technabob]