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Virtual karaoke dates, courtesy of Konami

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

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Need a karaoke partner? Rinko Kobayakawa, Manaka Takan and Nene Anegasaki are at your service.

For me karaoke is a really bad date. I mean who wants to hear the excruciatingly awful vocal stylings of your new beau, or indeed subject them to your own caterwauling. That’s why Konami’s version of the karaoke date ticks all the right boxes: your virtual reality partner sounds great, has a bunch of cute dance moves and won’t complain if you join in enthusiastically, even if you’re totally off key.

Karoke Date With Your Girl!” is the latest Love Plus spin-off project to capitalize on the runaway success of the virtual dating DS game. A collaboration between Konami and karaoke machine manufacturers Joysound, the Love Plus songs were launched on the Crosso karaoke machine on Nov. 19.  There are three songs to chose from, each featuring a different Love Plus character who is shown singing and dancing along to the music in front of a background that looks like the typical interior of a karaoke room. Manaka Takane sings “Lum no Love Song,” Rinko Kobayakawa does a rendition of “Sobakasu” and the popular Nene Anegasaki performs “MUGO·N . . .  Iroppoi.” If you’d like to check out the results have a gander at this YouTube video.

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Dating sim ‘Love Plus’ touches a nerve

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Konami’s new dating simulation game “Love Plus” is so realistic that some users’ wives are getting the hump. The game allows you to interact with girls in real time, going out on dates and making plans together for the future.

The “Love Plus” Web site has a sample video clip showing a simpering girl asking her boyfriend what he thinks about the idea of her getting a new haircut. But the game isn’t all hearts and flowers, though. You can seriously cheese off your girlfriend with something insensitive like, “I didn’t want to say anything, but you really needed to do something about those split ends.” Some bemused users feel that their digital girlfriends are just too difficult to read. One Amazon reviewer of the game compared the experience of preparing to make his move, by touching his date with the DS stylus, with “playing Minesweeper.”

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