Japan – Virtual World Divorce Leads To Virtual Murder

| October 23, 2008


If anyone doubted the increasing influence of multiplayer online role playing games, look no further. It seems that in the online world “Maple Story

It seems that this far east focused role playing game is like your average world, and one couple decided to have their online characters marry. Where the story gets unusual is when things went sour. from Yahoo News – Online divorcee jailed after killing virtual hubby

TOKYO – A 43-year-old Japanese woman whose sudden divorce in a virtual game world made her so angry that she killed her online husband’s digital persona has been arrested on suspicion of hacking, police said Thursday.

The woman, who is jailed on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data, used his identification and password to log onto popular interactive game “Maple Story” to carry out the virtual murder in mid-May, a police official in northern Sapporo said on condition of anonymity, citing department policy.

“I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry,” the official quoted her as telling investigators and admitting the allegations.

The woman had not plotted any revenge in the real world, the official said.

She has not yet been formally charged, but if convicted could face a prison term of up to five years or a fine up to $5,000.

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