Arrested for killing an avatar in a game?

United States
October 24, 2008 12:48am CST
Ok. I have played maplestory (global version, broa mostly ...I have a 59 Assassin for those who want to know) and I do not see how a 43 year old woman from Japan was able to hack and kill her ex virtual husbands character. first off... HOW DO YOU KILL THE AVATAR? THERE ISN'T EVEN PVP IN GAME?? and if they die the "avatars" lose like 10% exp, that's it. so what on earth do they mean by killed? did she delete his char or something? if so that's bad translation for ya :P anyway, the woman apparently was married (virtually, don't get that confused, you can get married in game) and he apparently divorced her with no warning, just out of the blue. apparently the man "complained" (the word is used by the article.... I would have said "told") to the police that his "beloved avatar was dead" (you can SO tell these people have never played an MMO let alone Maplestory) she has not been formally charged yet, but she can face a prison term of up to 5 years or a fine of up to 5000 dollars, pretty messed up, huh? :P I found the article on yahoo, I'd linky you to it, but I haven't posted enough times to earn the privilege of copy and paste :P google should bring it up too :P
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4 responses
@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
24 Oct 08
It sounds pretty bizarre, that's for sure. It's a strange world when the make-believe takes over from the reality - and it seems this is happening often now, with many young people (especially in Japan, apparently) staying on their computers for days at a time without stopping for food or to relate to other real live human beings. I suppose new laws will have to be created just to deal with weird things of this nature - not to mention people 'stealing' possessions from avatars, burning down their virtual homes, etc. The sky's the limit!
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• United States
24 Oct 08
mmm yeah, I didnt think of that *is surprised at herself for not having done so* but they will probably make laws around this soon.... scary thought.... government getting to limit how much time we are on a game...
@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
24 Oct 08
I saw that story on yahoo too, it made me giggle and they have a cute graphic too but I did not read it. I think the fine and or jail is extreme. It is a game, I will say get over it.
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@super_jj (1417)
• Philippines
24 Oct 08
Woah. THat sounds...kinda cool? Hehehe. I'm curious. How do i play that? What's the site?
• United States
24 Oct 08
nexon.net that will get you the global version :P it is very region specific... so be careful about that :P but yeah its fun, just easy to get sucked in, so be careful :P
@super_jj (1417)
• Philippines
24 Oct 08
Thanks!
• India
24 Oct 08
Really funny thing to happen. Life is stranger than fiction at times.