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.