A lot of Japanese men have a girlfriend named Rinko. That’s Okay, a lot of American men have a girlfriend named Mary. The problem is that Rinko is not a real person. She’s a virtual character in a fucking Nintendo game.
The game which is called LovePlus has three interactive virtual girlfriends that you can have a relationship with. These virtual girls have different personalities and mimic a real relationship by doing things like giving you the silent treatment if you don’t pay enough attention to them. I guess you get bonus points and progress to higher levels by doing things that they like. Oh well, it looks like I’d be stuck at level one forever.
Most players are between twenty and thirty years old but I watched a BBC documentary about it and two of the men they interviewed were late thirties. One of them had never had a real date and the other one was married and hiding his virtual relationship from his wife. I swear I’m not making this up. This is actually happening. Wow!
Okay, I get gaming and fantasy worlds because the technology is absolutely amazing today. But it appears that some Japanese men are not having sex because they actually prefer their virtual girlfriends. It’s not right.
The Japanese population is declining and eventually there won’t be enough workers to support the aging population. Japan will probably be the first country to experience this and it is compounded by the fact that they don’t allow a lot of immigration. Oh well, enough doom and gloom already, they’ll work it out.
Actually, the whole virtual thing is kind of funny. Men are now replacing woman with a plastic battery operated device, it used to be the other way around.