Out of 520-something men polled in Japan, approximately 100 were interested in pursuing love with a character in a video game.
Conducted by video game company Konami, the poll also revealed that 40% of men who participated in the survey felt that pursuing love within the confines of a video game was a viable consideration.
Our world has become inundated with the weirdest of the weird (see: real dolls), so a fetish such as this is merely a drop in the bucket.
While clearly not representative of the Japanese male population, in a country known for used-panty vending machines and tentacle rape porn, the results really are not that surprising. Future polls conducted will hopefully determine whether or not Mario is a plumber you would hire or if the jiggle factor in Dead or Alive is physically accurate.