The interactivity of new media allows levels of deeply personal engagement unimaginable in old media. In the case of one avid Japanese gamer, that engagement actually led to marriage.
…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 â€” who made a speech â€” and a real human priest.
Don’t laugh, guys. If gaming rigs keep getting more and more powerful in accordance with Moore’s Law, someday videogame characters will attain humanlike artificial intelligence. By then, ever-improving Japanese gynoids could provide realistic bodies for such artificial intelligences.
Then they’d be able to nag you like only a real wife could.
(Via Lisa Katayama.)