Love Plus fans throwing their DSes in the air, waving them around as if they just didn’t care (click for a larger image).
The only time I’ve ever spotted a scene like this is at PAX concerts, when hundreds of geeks hold up their brightly lit gadgets during performances. It’s funny to see gamers in Japan doing the same, albeit during a celebration for Konami’s virtual girlfriend simulator.
Takumi Suidu’s caption for this photo indicates that everyone was holding up their DS as part of some wireless “Love Plus business card exchange”, which I haven’t found much information about. Maybe this has to do with the DS connectivity in the series’ new 3D arcade game?
I did, however, come across this video from Konami’s “Love Plus Special Stage” event at TGS, in which fans were invited to express their devotion to Manaka, Rinko, and Nene in front of attendees and judges scoring their adoration.
A bunch of guys showed off vacation photos with their digital partners, everybody sang “Happy Birthday” to Manaka as someone brought out a cake, and at some point, a dude placed his lips on a DSi XL screen, demonstrating his attachment to Nene with a five-second kiss.
It was a passionless, close-lipped exchange — he probably didn’t want to embarrass himself or his virtual girlfriend by turning what was supposed to be a romantic moment between the couple into a vulgar spectacle.