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Man invites virtual girlfriend to wedding. Goes over about like you'd expect.

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Initial post: Nov 27, 2012 6:13:14 PM PST
GUEST!! says:

When a Japanese couple decided to tie the knot recently, they wanted everyone who was important in their life to be on hand to share in their joyous day. One catch - for the groom, those important people included NeNe Anegasaki, his virtual girlfriend in the Nintendo DS dating sim Love Plus. The perfectly charming piece of software even had a place set for her at the wedding, so that everyone on hand could meet her. If that seems like an idea that can pretty much only end badly, congratulations, because you are a person with common sense.

Dudes - real talk for just a moment, if we could. There's a list of people that you just don't invite to your wedding, under any circumstances, ever. EVER. Way back when we had some small measure of dignity as a species, that list was largely limited to reasonable mistakes a person could make, consisting of "ex-girlfriends" and "guys you roomed with in college who went by names like Tank or J-Dog." Now, that list apparently includes "the virtual girlfriend who lives in your DS." Seriously, humanity? Do we even have to have this conversation? I am disappoint.

Apparently, I am not the only one - the bride apparently didn't find the situation exactly tenable either, and before the evening was out, the night had dissolved into predictable, if one-sided, violence. Once the wedding ceremony was concluded, the blushing bride determined that NeNe was one of the things the groom was going to have to give up with his bachelor lifestyle, going the way of the cool movie posters in his bedroom. Which we feel would be kind of unreasonable, if the groom wasn't doing things like "inviting his virtual girlfriend to his real wedding." At that point, man, you've got a problem.

Given the circumstances, what happened next may even end up going down as healthy - bride and groom used a wooden mallet to mangle the DS in which NeNe made her home, ending the virtual relationship in perhaps the most traumatic way available. The groom reportedly had tears in his eyes during the process, and while we're trying to have sympathy for the poor dumb bastard...nope. Nope, it's just not coming.

If you set a place for your DS girlfriend at your real wedding and the DS is the one that gets broken to pieces with a hammer at the end of the evening, you got off real, real easy. So easy, in fact, that you should probably do something nice for your new wife, who has proven that she is understanding of your nerdy ways, brooks no nonsense, and is handy with a mallet.

Honestly, it's kind of a shame she's married, because that last sentence right there is kind of dream girl material.


Posted on Nov 27, 2012 6:14:56 PM PST
Flores. says:
Nintendo fans are odd.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 6:17:03 PM PST
Banner says:
I don't fully understand what a virtual girlfriend is.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 6:19:59 PM PST I guess what you're saying here is that all Sony fans cherish their Photo Kano girlfriends?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 6:21:24 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2012 6:22:03 PM PST
A dream girl would be up for a threesome.... Me, my wife, and my DS... It's how it was meant to be...

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 6:21:34 PM PST
Thank you NeNe's boyfriend for making my family look functional.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 6:22:15 PM PST
She touches you at night. Virtually.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 6:22:58 PM PST
"A dream girl would be up for a threesome...."

...with a robot.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 6:23:05 PM PST
DVvM says:
Smashing the cartridge? Reasonable.

Smashing the DS itself? That's going too far.

There's all sorts of things you can do with a DS that have nothing to do with weird virtual dating and whatnot.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 6:23:55 PM PST
You mean a sex robot?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 6:24:57 PM PST
But a real man would have brought a 3DS XL to the table. Maybe she was just expressing her desire for something bigger.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 6:37:26 PM PST
Banner says:
Okay so she's not real?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 6:44:21 PM PST
I'm sure she's real in his heart...

(insert some of Bitters' emoticons here).

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 7:02:02 PM PST
Poor bastid.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 7:02:53 PM PST
No, I think in this context it's a fake sim girlfriend from one of those odd Japanese dating sims... Probably something akin to a modern day tamagashi if you know what those were.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 7:24:40 PM PST
Flores. says:
I don't even know what that means.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 7:31:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2012 7:35:52 PM PST
Ham Salad says:
Tomagachi is like a virtual pet, where you interact with an animal on your screen by pressing buttons to simulate actions like petting or scolding it. You can also cater to whatever its needs are as indicated by screen indicators or sounds it makes, such as feeding it or walking it. So I think this is like that, but a "girlfriend" instead of an animal.

If there's even much of a difference between the two... *runs and hides*

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 7:55:15 PM PST
Peter Faden says:
There is a whole strange Japanese subset. One guy married his pillow, this dude his Nintendo love. I'm sure there are more odd Japanese men marrying inanimate objects as well. I love that his DS got smashed lol. Maybe the dude will be inspired to enter the real world and find real woman. Whoda thunk the wedding would also double as an intervention.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 7:56:24 PM PST
Photo Kano is one of the many dating sims on the PSP. Though you're right, the AKB48 dating games are probably dearer to Sony fans' hearts.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 7:57:15 PM PST
You didn't even complete a full paragraph of the article, did you?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 8:00:53 PM PST
Anthony says:
honestly, i interpeted the title as online girlfriend, not whatever the hell it really is.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 8:01:14 PM PST
It actually seems like these two belong together. A groom deluded enough to bring his virtual girlfriend to the wedding, and a bride deluded enough to be jealous of a video game character. Match made in tengoku.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 8:02:50 PM PST
Peter Faden says:
I read it. Can we be sure his "wife" isnt really another SIM? I think not. It's the Matrix. The Japanese Matrix.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 8:10:02 PM PST
Banner says:
Ah I see. Really weird the he did that...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 8:17:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2012 8:20:30 PM PST
I'm pretty sure this article is actually misrepresenting the situation pretty terribly (because "lol japs are weird"). While the Kotaku article is sparse on details, from the looks of the pictures included, it seems like this was a pre-planned thing (the mallet is wrapped in a ribbon, for heaven's sakes). The article also compares it to a dude throwing out his porn collection upon getting a girlfriend, and it seems like an apt comparison.

And @DVs, it looks like they actually just smashed the cart, not the machine.
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