Couple Celebrates Wedding by Murdering Virtual Girlfriend

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Couple Celebrates Wedding by Murdering Virtual Girlfriend

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Nothing says "I do" like taking a hammer to the groom's virtual girlfriend.

It's a cliché, but there are a few things a man has to give up when he decides to tie the knot. That nudey calendar from 1996 is out, as is the impressive beer can mountain and sock graveyard you maintain under your desk. Do you have a virtual girlfriend? You should probably get rid of her too, just to be safe.

Which is exactly what an Otaku and his wife did when they took a hammer to his copy of mildly-unsettling, Japanese dating sim, Love Plus, during their wedding. The wedding, which was attended and photographed by various Comiket staff, seems like it was quite a bizarre affair, with the groom's virtual girlfriend, Nene Anegasaki, getting her own invitation and seat.

According to some reports, the bride sprang the destruction of the cartridge on her recently-acquired husband as a surprise, but he elected to take part in the smashing anyway. With tears in his eyes, he helped his new wife crush his digital ex with a mallet.

On the opposite end of the spectrum we have one Sal9000, a man who "married" his Love Plus girlfriend back in 2009. The ceremony, complete with guests and a priest, was part oddity and part promotional event. It worked; news of the marriage managed to get the Japan-only game onto some major US TV networks.

"I love this character, not a machine," responded Sal when asked about the marriage. "I understand 100 percent that this is a game. I understand very well that I cannot marry her physically or legally."

While developing feelings for non-sentient objects isn't exclusive to Japan, the nation does seem like a hotbed for weird and wonderful romances. According to Hiroshi Ashizaki, an author who's penned multiple books on internet and game addiction, Japan's insular culture may be the root cause.

"Today's Japanese youth can't express their true feelings in reality. They can only do it in the virtual world," he told CNN. "It's the reverse of reality that they can only talk about what they feel to a friend in the virtual world."

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Maul-wielding Bride has appeared. It's the killer. Do not die.
*cue "Pictures at an Exhibition"*

Well you got to crush your enemies somehow even if its hammering them down to reality

OT: Japan oh how i love your wackyness never stop amusing me :D

Danm, I thought the man getting married was the one who married to his game girlfriend. I wonder if he take offense to this news and aswell keeping his fake wife safe?

That seems a little bit extreme. The fact he was crying while smashing "her" up is also somewhat worrying.

All in all, falling that much in love with a fictional character is a bit worrying.

Except for you, Hanako. Genetic engineering is getting better each day, my love. SOON YOU SHALL BE MINE.

so the guy who married a game got a real girlfriend? well that sounds great.

felbot:
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I can't stop staring at your avatar. I wonder why...:D

OT- Good for the guy. This gives me hope for humanity when we create the next Matrix.

This story is heartless, that virtual girlfriend loved you dammit! She would have given her everything to him but he chose a "real" woman! WHAT IS REAL ANYWAY!! She died because she had no body for hi to touch, to fell, to love, she died knowing her true love was happy with his "real" lover, while the guy murdered that virtual girlfriend so...so violently! She is now in virtual heaven, praying that his new love gives him the love that she herself could not! TRAGIC!!!

...what was I just talking about?

TopazFusion:
I wonder if they'll get arrested for murder?

i had a funnier thought, if he'd just traded the game in at gamestop or what ever they have like that there, would that count as slave trading?

I can't help but mentally cross this article with the 'robots will kill us' article. Perhaps this is the best way to do it. Next thing you know it'll be the reverse happening due to a jealous digital girlfriend.

There can only be one!

Press x to kill your virtual girlfriend.

Of course he had to kill her over honour, oh Japan.

At least he has a great line for later arguments, "I'll killed for you!"

thesilentman:

felbot:
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I can't stop staring at your avatar. I wonder why...:D

OT- Good for the guy. This gives me hope for humanity when we create the next Matrix.

your not the first person unable to resist it, and you wont be the last.

Grey Carter:
The wedding, which was attended and photographed by various Comiket staff, seems like it was quite a bizarre affair, with the groom's virtual girlfriend, Nene Anegasaki, getting her own invitation and seat.

Yikes, as if an invitation to an ex's wedding wasn't awkward enough. I bet the poor girl never considered it would go past the traditional act of humiliation to an actual ritual murder.

1) Man has a virtual girlfriend he was deeply connected to and for some reason told his real-life girlfriend about.
2) Woman is so jealous about this that she insisted on destroying it during the wedding in a very public and violent ceremony, which she might've planned behind her new husband's back.
3) Both of them decided giving it its own seat/invite/etc. was a good idea, though clearly for completely different reasons.

If you ask me, the virtual girlfriend, even in its current state, is the least broken person in this story. It's a pile of code, silicon, and JPGs and yet it's the only one in the story I feel sorry for and definitely the only one I would be comfortable holding a conversation with.

This sounds like the prologue to a bad horror movie. Only thing missing is the blow from the hammer short circuiting the game, making the virtual girl sentient, then setting out on a quest of vengeance.

Well...good for him! You know, he decided to abandon his sad and virtual life because he found the real deal. So...congrats?

Oh. No, no, no. It's still weird. And crazy. Very much so. But...that's Japan!

*Wah wah waaah waaaaaaaah*

That is several flavors of wrong but i will start with the most gut wrenching one.

What kind of asshole murders his ex in his wedding?

bafrali:
That is several flavors of wrong but i will start with the most gut wrenching one.

What kind of asshole murders his ex in his wedding?

traditionalist Aztecs?

Grey Carter:
"Today's Japanese youth can't express their true feelings in reality. They can only do it in the virtual world," he told CNN. "It's the reverse of reality that they can only talk about what they feel to a friend in the virtual world.

And the Japanese don't see this as a problem that needs to be addressed? *scratches head in bewilderment*

Anyway, smashing a game cartridge containing a virtual girlfriend at your wedding seems a bit excessive to me.

Oh Japan, you cray cray
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bafrali:
That is several flavors of wrong but i will start with the most gut wrenching one.

What kind of arsehole murders his ex in his wedding?

A devoted arsehole.

I guess you can say the Ex
*Puts on David Caurso sunglasses*
Got Hammered

*opening guiatar riff from "won't get fooled agian" plays*

canadamus_prime:

Grey Carter:
"Today's Japanese youth can't express their true feelings in reality. They can only do it in the virtual world," he told CNN. "It's the reverse of reality that they can only talk about what they feel to a friend in the virtual world.

And the Japanese don't see this as a problem that needs to be addressed? *scratches head in bewilderment*

I've heard that they actually do see it as a problem and are trying to come up with a solution, but they've only failed or become stumped at that mark.

You know its not sad that he loved a 2D girl. Yeah shes not real but how is she any different from everyones casual love for a celebrity? Sure those people are real but you wont ever ever have them so they may as well be just as unatainable. Same goes for crushes with the most beautiful guy/girl in school/work. Its like yeah porn stars are real but its just a video your watching yet we are moved. I think im getting my point across.

No no my freinds. The sad parts are two things here but the last being the saddest.

1) The real wife axed the man's long time "love" as a complete surprise so that she may have him 100%.
Poor guy teared and did it becuase of either the embarassment of defending his 2D love or becuase he really did decide its time to move on. But the saddest part?.....................

2) No one who loves a 2D girl has just the one thing to obcess over.
Its never just his love plus game. You bet your life he has a collection of hentai, eroge, and adult VN's stashed away as well, if not figues and love pillows of his beloved. Its never just "oooo a game with a girl i love in it yay, ill only ever have just this one thing to satisfy me!!". Again its like a porn stash, does anyone ever just own one single dvd or one mag? No no no, he has a stash.......i wonder if she is getting rid of it all, I hope he was able to salvage his collection. Only the hardcoriest of fans tells their real life girlfreind about thier secret love.

Pray for his collection ladies and gentleman, pray for every DVD, BD, light novel, and assorted merch.

Scars Unseen:
Maul-wielding Bride has appeared. It's the killer. Do not die.
*cue "Pictures at an Exhibition"*

I had a very bad day and your response to this post gave me just the laugh I needed.

crimson sickle2:

canadamus_prime:

Grey Carter:
"Today's Japanese youth can't express their true feelings in reality. They can only do it in the virtual world," he told CNN. "It's the reverse of reality that they can only talk about what they feel to a friend in the virtual world.

And the Japanese don't see this as a problem that needs to be addressed? *scratches head in bewilderment*

I've heard that they actually do see it as a problem and are trying to come up with a solution, but they've only failed or become stumped at that mark.

Ok, I was kinda worried there for a minute.

Formica Archonis:
1) Man has a virtual girlfriend he was deeply connected to and for some reason told his real-life girlfriend about.
2) Woman is so jealous about this that she insisted on destroying it during the wedding in a very public and violent ceremony, which she might've planned behind her new husband's back.
3) Both of them decided giving it its own seat/invite/etc. was a good idea, though clearly for completely different reasons.

If you ask me, the virtual girlfriend, even in its current state, is the least broken person in this story. It's a pile of code, silicon, and JPGs and yet it's the only one in the story I feel sorry for and definitely the only one I would be comfortable holding a conversation with.

Because there's no way this was an inside joke that the groom just wasn't let in on beforehand, right?

excalipoor:

Formica Archonis:
1) Man has a virtual girlfriend he was deeply connected to and for some reason told his real-life girlfriend about.
2) Woman is so jealous about this that she insisted on destroying it during the wedding in a very public and violent ceremony, which she might've planned behind her new husband's back.
3) Both of them decided giving it its own seat/invite/etc. was a good idea, though clearly for completely different reasons.

If you ask me, the virtual girlfriend, even in its current state, is the least broken person in this story. It's a pile of code, silicon, and JPGs and yet it's the only one in the story I feel sorry for and definitely the only one I would be comfortable holding a conversation with.

Because there's no way this was an inside joke that the groom just wasn't let in on beforehand, right?

that is beside the point.

Capcha: practice makes perfect. it always knows how to raise my mood.

OT: so the stupidity of holding men as slaves you can do whatever you want with continues? all hail marriage?

Strazdas:

excalipoor:
Because there's no way this was an inside joke that the groom just wasn't let in on beforehand, right?

that is beside the point.

How, exactly? Because it seems to me that people here are taking this much more seriously than those involved. But hey, any excuse to point fingers and judge/laugh...

excalipoor:
Because there's no way this was an inside joke that the groom just wasn't let in on beforehand, right?

It stops being a joke when you're destroying someone else's property.

excalipoor:

Strazdas:

excalipoor:
Because there's no way this was an inside joke that the groom just wasn't let in on beforehand, right?

that is beside the point.

How, exactly? Because it seems to me that people here are taking this much more seriously than those involved. But hey, any excuse to point fingers and judge/laugh...

IT does not matter if it was a joke to her, she is still one very sick individual for doing it.
they may not take it seriously, most psychopaths dont either.

I say old chap:
There can only be one!

Press x to kill your virtual girlfriend.

Of course he had to kill her over honour, oh Japan.

At least he has a great line for later arguments, "I'll killed for you!"

The true tragedy of this story is that the Virtual Girlfriend was denied the opportunity to "Press X not to die".

Oh, the humanity!

It's not the destruction of the game that bothers me, it's the guy's girlfriend basically pressured him into doing it. If she's jealous of a virtual girlfriend, what happens if this guy actually talks to another girl? If she discussed this with him before hand and asked him to do this as a sign of moving on from 2D to the real world, that's fine. But this seems like a dirty move by the gf.

Wow, everyone's taking this so seriously.
I thought it was kinda funny.

EDIT: To avoid low content.
So... yeah.
That happened.

Scars Unseen:
Maul-wielding Bride has appeared. It's the killer. Do not die.
*cue "Pictures at an Exhibition"*

Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle would probably be very fitting.

felbot:
so the guy who married a game got a real girlfriend? well that sounds great.

Different guys.

OT: This is no sillier than dozens of other weird things people decide to do at their weddings. The idea that you should make your wedding day unique in some way (and/or express yourself through it) seems to be increasingly popular. Getting married dressed as zombies, having the rings delivered by an owl, and cakes shaped like video game characters are all pretty run-of-the-mill now.

I have to smile a little bit that the reason many people give for going mad on their wedding day is, "Well, you only get to do it once!" A third of marriages in the UK (and half in the USA) end in divorce. So it's not too unlikely that you'll get a chance to do this all over again. ;)

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