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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.

Put down your phone for a day, forget about Tinder and go for a walk instead.

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.How to recognize him: Wears pointed leather shoes and deep V-necks. If you do meet again, don’t expect him to be boyfriend material.Where to find him: Our Yankii can usually be found in the Greater Tokyo Area.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.Some like Kosaki, stopped playing Love Plus when the Konami, the game's developer, stopped offering update to the Nintendo DS version.