September 1, 2010

REMEMBER WHEN THE RIGHT GOT ITS PANTIES IN A KNOT OVER THESE GUYS BUYING THE SACRED GROUND OF 30 ROCK AND PEBBLE BEACH?:

Only in Japan, Real Men Go to a Hotel With Virtual Girlfriends: Dating-Simulation Game a Last Resort For Honeymoon Town and Its Lonely Guests (DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI, 9/01/10, WSJ)

ATAMI, Japan—This resort town, once popular with honeymooners, is turning to a new breed of romance seekers—virtual sweethearts.

Since the marriage rate among Japan's shrinking population is falling and with many of the country's remaining lovebirds heading for Hawaii or Australia's Gold Coast, Atami had to do something. It is trying to attract single men—and their handheld devices.

In the first month of the city's promotional campaign launched July 10, more than 1,500 male fans of the Japanese dating-simulation game LovePlus+ have flocked to Atami for a romantic date with their videogame character girlfriends.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 1, 2010 6:17 AM
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