Murder in Maple morgue…

Maple Story, is a “free” MMORPG, with millions of players all around the world, 2D Graphics and anime cuteness. Free to download, free to play, but to buy items you need to pay, with real money. Well, it’s not my money, so I don’t care, right?

One of the things you can have your avatar do in the game, is marry, wow… As in real life though, marriages don’t always last forever, lack of love or bandwidth, you know how these things go. This one though, ended in a real tragedy, the first murder in the Maple universe.

The 43 year-old Japanese piano teacher, couldn’t live with the fact that she had been rejected by her virtual husband, so she somehow got hold of his password, logged in and deleted his character. Now, being arrested for murder, would be a breakthrough in law enforcement, but I don’t think society is ready for something like that. She was however, arrested for  hacking and If officially charged, she could face up to 5 years in prison…

I don’t find this funny at all, you know… One can easily say that we are talking about not so “normal” people, here (no, I don’t want to talk about what’s normal and what’s not, you get my meaning so no such comments), that these are rare occasions and a number of other things. But being obsessed over a game, to a point where you have difficulty in telling where the game stops and where your real life starts? Yeah, I’m the pessimistic type…

via Yahoo News


6 Responses to “Murder in Maple morgue…”

  1. October 24, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    The first case doesn’t surprise me much… see, the guy would kill a baby even if he wasn’t playing WoW. But the second one, well it is kind of similar to the one I wrote about… Not being able to see the border.

  2. October 24, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    I agree with you but it is quite different to kill an avatar and to murder a real person…

  3. October 24, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    People have been killing each other since the beginning of time… Hell, they’ve been killing each other for more stupid reasons than a virtual sword imo. But now, we are beginning to accept that there’s this world, WoW world, Maple world, etc. What scares me is that this distinction will become less and less visible, the lines will start to fade and we’ll be talking about a person and his/her avatars as if it were the same thing.

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