BONKERS: Real world Jail for Virtual Drama

TOKYO – A 43-year-old Japanese piano teacher’s sudden divorce from her online husband in a virtual game world made her so angry that she logged on and killed his digital persona, police said Thursday.

The woman, who has been 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 City 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.

Online divorcee jailed after killing virtual hubby – Yahoo! News

I’m sorry… I had to share this.  Mainly because I found it slightly insane-hilarious, very interesting for the future state of online affairs (see what I did there, you can choose which “affair” meaning you wish to use), but also because I am NOT a fan of Maple Story.  Sure, cute, but I have seen MORE than my share of insane content & inappropriate interactivity for the users there. 

Thoughts?

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  1. October 23, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Seriously, I so just blogged about this too. Mainly about how uninspired I was by the Virtual World keynote in London this past week, and BAMN get home to this *frankly* awesome news story.

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