The story is reminiscent of a New York Times Magazine piece I wrote last year; the Metro article also mentions a story we originally posted on Boing Boing in November about a guy who married a character in his Nintendo DS dating sim.
It’s the subset of a growing video game culture that has dominated the country’s development since the 1980s.
For d’Aki, it’s easy to see how the game had appeal in Japan.
“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.
“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 .
These games are structured to offer a similar experience to reading a 19th-century romance novel, "with the difference that you actually play a part [in the story],” says d' Aki.