Dating and marriage games online
Tokyo, Japan (CNN) -- Nene Anegasaki is a witty, doe-eyed beauty.She looks perfectly perky in sexy skirts, doesn't pick fights and is always at one Tokyo man's beck and call -- that is why the 27-year-old decided to marry her.
Academics, meanwhile, are fascinated by the data being gathered — and largely kept secret — by the dating industry.The only complication: She is a videogame character in the Nintendo DS game called "Love Plus." Still, that didn't stop Sal 9000 -- the only name the groom would give -- from marrying Nene in a ceremony witnessed live by thousands on the Web.When asked if Nene is his dream woman, Sal replied, "Yes, she is.Her character changes to my liking as we talk and travel to different places." Japan's Internet community has witnessed relationships and marriages to avatars, though it's typically been within the confines of the virtual world.Last month, Sal decided to be the first human-to-avatar union.Even though Meta had intended to keep things casual -- she was in the midst of ending a 16-year marriage -- it soon became clear that this was not your average one-night stand.
Over the next few weeks, they would go to amusement parks, take walks along the beach, tour architecturally-interesting houses and stay up through the night talking.
Clad in a white tux, Sal married Nene in front of some friends and Web users watching the ceremony live online.
The wedding, while not legally binding, was Sal's way of expressing his devotion to his avatar girlfriend.
They make up two of approximately seven million registered users of Utherverse, a 3D virtual world geared to an adult audience with a design that was inspired by Amsterdam’s red light district.
The Riselings also number among the many people who have found love through massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) such as Utherverse, World of Warcraft and Second Life.
Sean and Meta Jo Riseling first met on the dance floor of a club in July 2009.