Arrested for killing an avatar in a game?
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
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!