This week, @louloudaki is sharing her work titled "Playing for Love," which looks at the subculture of virtual romance gaming in #Japan.
In this country, lonely men are falling for #virtualgirlfriends who are far from perfect. The digital beauties of today come without any #artificialintelligence, they can react to their partner only within very strict paths of a pre-written storyline. Yet they seem very real to many #Japanese men, some of whom have long-term #relationships with #Rinko, #Manaka or #Nene, the characters to choose from in the game ‘Love Plus,' played on a portable #Nintendo console.
#LovePlus was never meant to be more than a possible future of the #dating simulation game industry, a hugely successful genre in Japan. It certainly was not meant to be the future of #romantic love in times of modern loneliness and in 2014 the company Konami pulled the plug. Now, however, they have unveiled Love Plus for iOS and Android at #TGS2017.
It should be noted that many of the Love Plus users have a very sane idea of the game they are playing and the imaginary quality of the girls they are dating. Others, however, cannot tell fact from fiction anymore and are desperately waiting for the next update of the game which would equal the next step in the relationship. As it is there are no more updates, so these hardcore users keep playing the same storylines again and again. They are stuck in a love loophole.
Pictured above is Akari Uchida, the former producer of the Love Plus dating simulation app, poses for a picture in Akihabara district, #Tokyo.