New Love Plus+ feature to encourage geeks to exercise

14246-620x-head As if Love Plus wasn’t addictive enough, this summer Konami is unveiling Love Plus+, an updated version of the dating sim that includes a mini-game that will encourage DS-carrying geeks to exercise. In a mini-game called Love Fitness, Nene, Rinko, and Manaka will tell the guys to get up and stretch, or go for a run. Nice!

Alafista via Japanator

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Video: Man married his Nintendo DS girlfriend

On Boing Boing today, I scripted and narrated a BBVideo episode about the man who married his Love Plus girlfriend in an official-looking ceremony on Sunday:

On Sunday, a man named Sal9000 married the love of his life. Her name is Nene Anegasaki, and she lives inside of a Nintendo DS video game called Love Plus. The wedding took place during a Make: Japan meet-up held at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. In attendance were a live audience, an MC, the bride’s virtual video game girlfriend — who made a speech — and a real human priest.


Love Plus, a new dating sim, spawns online discussions about virtual cheating

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There’s a lot of buzz about this new dating sim for the DS called Love Plus. This one takes the virtual girlfriend idea a step further than most — getting the girl is one step, but one you’re officially an item, you’re supposed to engage with your new girlfriend in real time by taking her out on dates, making plans, and planning things together. Some men have become so hooked on it that their wives are complaining publicly about it — one husband even sleeps with Love Plus near his pillow, and takes his virtual girlfriend into the bathtub with him. On online discussion boards, these complaints have spawned debates on whether “cheating” with a virtual girlfriend is the sign of a bad husband or not.Very interesting…

Love Plus main page (Japanese)
IT Media article in Japanese titled “Which is more important, me or your Love Plus?!”

How to recreate a scene from Zelda in your lunchbox

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There’s a wonderful cookbook in bookstores & on Amazon now called Face Food:The Visual Creativity of Japanese Bento Boxes. It’s a bento book that teaches you how to make delicious, nutritious meals that resemble your favorite anime, video game, or zoo animal. The art is simply amazing — here are Astro Boy and Zelda.


Face Food:The Visual Creativity of Japanese Bento Boxes by Christopher Salyers

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Cell phone strap makes Street Fighter sounds

This may just be the most awesome cell phone strap ever. It looks just like a basic video game controller, but it’s actually a toy for Street Fighter otaku, or for people who want to practice their gaming moves while on-the-go. Every time you perfectly replicate the combo of moves for Ryu, Ken, Dhalsim, and Chun-Li, it makes the corresponding sound. Just imagine, you could be busting out Hadokens all day.

Product page (Strap-ya)

Super Mario chess set

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I am not the best or most avid chess player in the world, but this makes me want to have a chess set in my house. If only because I will have every single Mario character at my disposal, in a box, whenever I need them.

F4F via GizmoDiva