While they can only interact with their partner through a pre-written script, these virtual beauties — Rinko, Manaka or Nene — offer a kind of instant emotional connection at the tap of a stylus.The girls can kiss, “hold” a player’s hand, exchange flirtatious text messages and even snap out in anger if the player leaves a conversation.They share a common yearning for connection and found it on a touch screen.Many see it as just a game and can easily distinguish between the computerized and reality, while others are perpetually stuck in a love loop, desperately waiting for the next update of the game.Why does it feel like the men are always the ones offering women dating “advice” online? What if we want to be women and also think like them too? We asked women what their best love and dating advice would be for men."The key to approaching women is to feel them out before you go in for the kill.Maybe you'll find out she hates sunshine and puppies in conversation and decide not to hit on her and save yourself some time." - Shay D., 24 “Guys please take into consideration that we are more emotional and feel different about things than you do.So show me you respect my time and let me know things in advance.Whether we're in the early getting to know phase or deeply committed, my little boo thing – whatever – if you want my time you have to value it.” -- Natelege W., 27“I'm always surprised when they do the little things, like bringing my favorite candy or one flower. Listening will help you figure out the small gestures and surprises like saying "let's go to Chic-fil-a and a movie," because you know it's one of my favorite things.” -- Ashlee D., 23“A lot of what women do is to get the attention of men.
“He said, ‘Well, you know all I want is someone to say good morning to in the morning and someone to say goodnight to at night.’”These feelings are not limited to Japanese men – game developers have also released romance simulations that cater to women .“You have these grown-up men in their suits with briefcases, leaving their corporate jobs to read manga in the metro or play gameboy at an arcade,” she says.A Sydney conwoman who swindled more than million from lonely men she met through online dating services has been jailed for at least 18 months.One player holds a picture of him and his virtual girlfriend, Manaka, at a resort town called Atami, which caters to players on a weekend retreat programmed into the game.
Another 48-year-old player spends one of many nights alone in his one-bedroom apartment with his console, chatting with Manaka, his e-girlfriend of five years.It’s one of Japan’s biggest gaming phenomenons called Love Plus - available on the Nintendo portable consoles and the i Phone.“There is no friction in these relationships, obviously,” says Loulou d’Aki, a Swedish photographer who documented a number of Japanese players earlier this year.