According to EJ Dickson on the Daily Dot, Japanese males are playing Love Plus, a video that "simulates the experience of being in a relationship." The game stars three girls, an innocent and young looking Manaka (pictured above), the rebellious looking Rinko and Nene, for the more conservative types.
Proving that Her is basically a few Google patents away from becoming a documentary, the Nintendo DS game allows players to form relationships with one (or all) of Love Pluss three girlfriends: Rinko, Nene, and Manaka. According to a detailed write-up of the game in the Huffington Post, LovePlus has garnered a devoted following worldwide, mostly among shy or inexperienced men who use the game as a training ground for a relationship IRL.
"You have -- always -- this warmth and smile and happiness available at the touch of your fingers," Phillip Galbraith, an anthropologist studying Japanese culture, says of the game. "It's the kind of relationship that is instantly rewarding and is always giving. You don't have to give much to the game and it gives to you every time you turn on the machine."
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