It took time and effort to progress through the levels and if I closed the app and ignored my lady for too long, she needed some sweet talk before warming back up. Plus, all the girls responded differently to different things and getting to know them proved surprisingly challenging at times. Ditto with complimenting her eyes, though admiring her smile got her to waggle her hips and giggle at me.Some action-reactions were obvious, but others less so. And her thought process was more nuanced than I would expect.I wanted to test how well a gamified relationship stacked up to real life, whether I could find love — or something like it — amid the pixels and 3D animation. The main objective of the game is to make your girlfriend happy and, hence, fall in love with you. ) Things get more and more intimate as you get deeper into your virtual relationship but, spoiler alert: Although you can buy your lady lingerie, the app isn't porny enough that she will completely strip down.Love Plus, a Nintendo DS game, is only available in Japan, so I browsed virtual dating apps in the Google Play Store. Here’s how the game works: First you rank yourself, both physically and personality-wise, in a handful of provided categories (are you a bad boy? You can pick things to do or say to her, give her gifts, react to things she tells you, physically "touch" her by pawing your smartphone screen, take her on dates, or make her changes clothes. Pretty much all the girlfriends have cliche "babe" bodies, with enormous racks and itty-bitty waists, and they use the kind of cheesy lines that even an awkward, hormonal middle schooler would pass up.But instead of offering her signature giggle, she just looked revolted, quickly rebuking my attempt to win her heart with money.Jen, skimpily clad in mini-shorts and a tanktop, was my latest “love interest” in the app My Virtual Girlfriend. Next you select the attributes of your ideal girl, with similar category options.I quickly pressed the thumbs up button and then scrolled through my list of potential “Actions” before deciding to do a magic trick for her. The app then serves you five different potential ladies, providing you with their likes and dislikes, where they rank in each aforementioned category, and their “type” (MVG lumps girls into five stereotypes: Geek, Modern Hippie, Urban, Alpha, or Diva). For example, I could date Stephanie, a geek who likes unicorns and 8-bit retro but dislikes blue screens and Nascar.After I “gave blood” to raise money to take us on a date, she chastised me for being too broke.
We were only on level 2 of our relationship, after all. Or I could choose to court Tiffany, an urban chick who digs cash and Hennessy, but hates reading and snitches.After ), I wanted to test out what it would be like to date someone who isn’t real. Once I picked my future boo, the wooing process began.As you interact over time, you fill up her heart and progress to new levels, each of which unlocks new potential actions. The girls play hardcore into whatever personality stereotype they've been designated, meaning that when I was dating a "modern hippie" girl, she was constantly referencing pilates, green energy, and how she loves hiking.It's easy to scoff at this game for being stupid, over-the-top, and kinda sexist. I’ve been in a real relationship for almost a year and, in some ways, playing My Virtual Girlfriend reminded me of what my boyfriend and my early dalliances felt like.
Well, technically, her hand was reaching towards the front screen of my cellphone.
“You know, Jill, if you catch me when the mood is right, I’m willing to try anything,” Jen said, one hand resting on her hip, the other reaching towards me.