Virtual Divorce = Virtual Murder = Real Arrest

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News Posted: Fri, Oct 24 2008 11:36 AM

It's no secret that online gamers are crazy over MMORPGs in Asia.  Sometimes, it seems, as in this case, they are crazy period.

A Japanese woman, 43, committed virtual murder after her virtual husband (yes, only in the world of the game Maple Story) virtually divorced her.  Yep, in reality, it was all a simulation, as what she did next.

Apparently she had acquired his password from one of his co-workers, so she logged into the game --- and deleted his avatar.  While some might say, "so what," she's been arrested on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data.

BTW. Maple Story bills itself as the world's first side-scrolling MMORPG.  It's also free.

The woman told police:

"I was suddenly divorced - without a word of warning. That made me so angry."

The woman lived in southern Miyazaki; the man lived 620 miles away in Sapporo.  But since only in movies can we actually visit the "cyberspace scene of the crime," she had to make the trek to Sapporo.  There is yet no word on if she will be officially charged.  If she is, she could face up to five years
in prison or a fine of more than $5,000.



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I think the fact that she got into his account is the reason that she has been arrested.

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Grahf replied on Fri, Oct 24 2008 3:02 PM

Isn't this one of the signs of the apocalypse?

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No... just that ppl can be complete loons when they put their minds to it!

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kid007 replied on Fri, Oct 24 2008 10:23 PM

are the cops supposed to get people that are criminals? sometimes i wonder if they don't have anything else to do....

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Super Dave replied on Fri, Oct 24 2008 11:06 PM

News:
"I was suddenly divorced - without a word of warning. That made me so angry."
 

I wonder if the guy had to pay virtual alimony. Oh wait...she killed him! Never mind.

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 I think the fact that she got into his account is the reason that she has been arrested. Bob

I agree how do you get arrested for virtual Murder!  Confused

Super Dave:

News:
"I was suddenly divorced - without a word of warning. That made me so angry."
 

I wonder if the guy had to pay virtual alimony. Oh wait...she killed him! Never mind.

 Now see that would be my luck to have to pay virtual alimony!Zip it!

 

 

 

 

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SqUiD267 replied on Sat, Oct 25 2008 3:33 PM

wow o.O

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Oct 25 2008 7:35 PM

I hope she gets off: It doesn't sound like she "hacked" his account. The article doesn't even say if she resorted to social engineering to get the password from his coworker or if she just told him who she was and asked for it.

If the guy wanted his account to be secure: He shouldn't be giving friends his password.

I can see explaining the situation to the game company, and getting his account restored, maybe. But filing police charges because you're a virtual dumbass who trusts coworkers with an account you obviously value?

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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