Japanese Man Marries Videogame Girlfriend

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Japanese Man Marries Videogame Girlfriend

A Japanese man elevated the human race to an entirely new level this past weekend by marrying his videogame girlfriend.

Nene Anegasaki and a Japanese man known as Sal9000 finally got married this past weekend, normally cause for celebration, except for the the fact that Nene Anegasaki is not an actual human; she only exists in the Nintendo DS videogame Love Plus. Sal9000 still "married" her, in a real ceremony that took place in Guam, probably one of the only places you can marry an imaginary being that lives in an electronic device.

The reception was held in Japan, with many attendees that were able to watch slides and other strange behavior. The accompanying video is of Sal9000 kissing his bride, currently appearing to be housed in a Nintendo DSi LL/XL, the new humongous version of the DS that was just released in Japan. Evidently, Sal9000 spares no expense on his wife, already upgrading her to the latest hardware.

Love Plus includes three girls, allowing the player to take them out on dates and to interact with them in various ways to attempt to earn their love. Once you do, you've got a companion for life. It's basically like Nintendogs, but it's not illegal to take the relationship one step further.

From the coverage of this marriage, I get the feeling that it is somewhat of a joke. At the same time, I'm not sure what to think at all. I know that there were people around the internet at one time or another that wanted to marry Sonic the Hedgehog, so at the least this is much better than that. If someone's happiness comes from marrying a set of instructions and pixels programmed into a videogame, I'm fine with that, but if this is real Sal9000 has likely ended his chances of ever getting a real girlfriend.

(Via: Boing Boing)

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Japan has been very forward-thinking for a long time with regards to virtual reality, so we should hardly be surprised that a Japanese man was the first person to do this sort of thing.

All the same, though, I have to ask:
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Is "elevated" really the right word for this? Ok, one day, when we have sentient software, MAYBE then this'll be ok, but this in the here and now? It makes me ashamed to be a gamer if this is what people are going to think of us.

Yeah, Japan is full of crazy people. It doesn't even surprise me anymore.

Only in Japan.

They're lovably crazy.

faith in humanity i have lost it

lodo_bear:

All the same, though, I have to ask:
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OT: Yes, Japan is certainly cementing it's place in the 'weird shit' Olympics.
I wonder if Japanese people think westerners are really odd?

Nene Anegasaki and a Japanese man known as Sal9000

I like how he sounds like the more likely of the two to be digital.

That's all I have to say.
Because I'm just...
So close to speechless.

THE WORLD IS THIS CLOSE TO DISASTER, PEOPLE

This was real...

I... I...

Am lost for words.

Actually, scratch that - what will their children be like?

MaxTheReaper:

THE WORLD IS THIS CLOSE TO DISASTER, PEOPLE

They said that when TV, radio and anything else was invented. Maybe this is the beginning of a new era?

Also, new avatar wut?

Furburt:

They said that when TV, radio and anything else was invented. Maybe this is the beginning of a new era?

Also, new avatar wut?

If by "a new era" you mean "the death of all things" then yes.
It's a friend of mine.
She's featured in my avatar before.

I would mock him... but seeing how they have a huge woman shortage in Japan it is understandable. Plus this takes us one step further towards completely robotic girlfriends so we wont even need women anymore!
By the gods what a good day that will be...

MaxTheReaper:

It's a friend of mine.
She's featured in my avatar before.

Its a she? God I thought it was the dude out of Spiderman.

Personally I'll wait till they make the virtual reality XXX edition of this game before I show it any interest.

Can we go one week with out causing irreversible damage to video gaming as a respectable medium? Just one week people, one week!

I think I died a bit inside....

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Oh, come on, like this is the first time something like this has happened.
Besides, people've been petitioning for this to be allowed for a while now. It was bound to happen eventually.

SirBryghtside:
This was real...

I... I...

Am lost for words.

Actually, scratch that - what will their children be like?

My guess is that they'd look like Ipods with glasses.

The walls have truly been broken down.
Hmmm, progress....
How long before someone tries to marry Lara Croft?

Wow...

Only in Japan.

EDIT: Dammit, Only in Guam...

Wonder if his tool is big enough to fit in the cartridge slot. This guy needs serious help.

messy:
Can we go one week with out causing irreversible damage to video gaming as a respectable medium? Just one week people, one week!

Apparently not. Next week; divorce cites virtual NPC an affair.

odd, oh well whatever floats your boat

lvl9000_woot:

SirBryghtside:
This was real...

I... I...

Am lost for words.

Actually, scratch that - what will their children be like?

My guess is that they'd look like Ipods with glasses.

Best. Mental image. Ever.

The Honeymoon is going to suck.

"Whoops!" *Priest drops DS, Nene dies. One week later Sal9000 commits suicide*
Now THAT would have been fail.

Doug:

messy:
Can we go one week with out causing irreversible damage to video gaming as a respectable medium? Just one week people, one week!

Apparently not. Next week; divorce cites virtual NPC an affair.

Now that I'd like to see "don't lie to me you excepted her power up"

Well, come virtual reality, this should be increasingly common, and dare I say, normal.

Hmmm, sounds like a joke.

Also I'll be honest, having a wedding ceremony does not nessicarly make them married in any kind of legal or recognized sense. It just means the guy is goofing off. Now if there is an official marriage lisecense somewhere, and he's paying his taxes AS married that would be something, but right now all we know is that he held a marriage ceremony, and that is nothing really new.

As far as marrying an artificial intelligence, I'm fairly open minded to the idea of love existing in that context, however again I'm unsure as to whether such a thing should (or ever) will be legally recognized for tax purposes or whatever.

Akai Shizuku:
Well, come virtual reality, this should be increasingly common, and dare I say, normal.

BUT...there isn't a sentient being behind the character. Its just an algorithm that tries to pretend to be sentient. And I'm guessing it doesn't even do that right.

When we achieve a sentient program/computer, I would accept then that its possible for a 'not real' person to be marriable. I mean, you wouldn't allow the marriage of a man to a light bulb...?

orannis62:

lvl9000_woot:

SirBryghtside:
This was real...

I... I...

Am lost for words.

Actually, scratch that - what will their children be like?

My guess is that they'd look like Ipods with glasses.

Best. Mental image. Ever.

Kinda like this...

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...too bad I can't find one wearing glasses...

Therumancer:

As far as marrying an artificial intelligence, I'm fairly open minded to the idea of love existing in that context, however again I'm unsure as to whether such a thing should (or ever) will be legally recognized for tax purposes or whatever.

If the AI is sentient and a truely intelligent 'lifeform' (needs a better word to describe it), then yeah, it makes sense for a human to be allowed to marry it if they want too. The problem I have with this is its just a simple algorithm. Probably not much more advanced than a conversation tree (I'm guessing - I've not played this game).

messy:

Doug:

messy:
Can we go one week with out causing irreversible damage to video gaming as a respectable medium? Just one week people, one week!

Apparently not. Next week; divorce cites virtual NPC an affair.

Now that I'd like to see "don't lie to me you excepted her power up"

"Your honour, I'd like to submit Image C, a copy of the naked Alyx mod for Half Life 2..."

Defendant: "IT was just to see how funny it was, I swear!"

Hehe, well if this kind of thing strikes his fancy, who cares - he is hurting no-one. I'd like to see what the "marriage" means legally though.

MaxTheReaper:

Nene Anegasaki and a Japanese man known as Sal9000

I like how he sounds like the more likely of the two to be digital.

That's all I have to say.
Because I'm just...
So close to speechless.

THE WORLD IS THIS CLOSE TO DISASTER, PEOPLE

... would anyone be offended if i preached?

Would it be cheating if he got a new DS?

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