A 43-year-old Japanese woman has been jailed for "killing" her virtual husband to revenge an unexpected in-game divorce. The unhappy couple's characters had been "married" in the side-scrolling Korean massive multiplayer game, MapleStory. Not in real life, mind you, just within the game. But e-vows were too soon discarded, …
HA HA Ha Ha, ha.
Hopefully, that's what the judge says.
Then throws the prosecutor and arresting officer in jail for several days.
If convicted (and in Japan convictions rates are very high thanks in no small part to the use of various forms of torture to extract confessions, which are then considered to be irrefutable evidence) are they going to put her in a virtual prison, with virtual counselling? Inquiring minds need to know.
I should bloody well hope so
If some asshat hacked into my World of Warcraft account and deleted my characters (some of which I've put many months of work into) I would definitely want to see the bastards banged up. 5 years is a fair punishment, although I'd personally rather they saw 50!
More stupid games
When will people learn that crime never pays (unless you're upper management in a bank or investment firm).
But who gets the kids?
Great, now in addition to stories of couples fighting over the dog we will now get virtual custody battles of kids, pets, furniture.
you have got to be joking
He *SHARED* his password???
Pretty much ANY gaming or social site I have ever seen has in it's terms and conditions that this is something you don't do. So for starters he is in breach of his terms and conditions right there.
If she legitimately had his password, then how is it an unauthorised access?
Even Paris knows not to share passwords.
I don't see how this could stand up in court.
You give out your password, you are essentially giving co-ownership. That person can play your characters, and modify your characters, and do whatever they want... so why shouldn't that be extended to deleting them?
I can understand if she hacked his account, but he GAVE her the password. I think they should ask him why he did that - the answer has to be to share accounts.
He got sharing and everything that came with it.
This is why you should never ever share accounts with anyone. I've been running a mud for over ten years and I have seen hundreds of incidents where one sharer decided to strip an account dry, even between married couples during stressful times in their relationship. You share, too bad is the policy a lot of MMORPGs have.
Paris because she made the same mistake with her videos.
There is no hope...
....for the human race.
A chick playing an MMO? My world's been turned upside down...
trial and punish her in the maplestory
They married in the game they divorced in the game and his character in the game had been killed, so her character should get a death sentence or a long prison term.
Anyway he should not had given his password anybody.
Thats what you get for messing with a mans bits.
Oh, sweet friggin' Jayzus.
Just when I thought Americans were the nuttiest, most fucked-up people on the planet -- here come the goddamn' Japanese again.
Too bad nobody over there's designed a male version of their "companion" lifelike robot. Coulda' saved that lady a world of hurt.
Paris, for the sheer stupidity of it.
What's sadder - that she deleted the virtual husband's character, or that he reported that it was missing to the police?
Hurray for the plod
She'd probably get less punishment if she'd actually sought him out and killed him!
I'd say this was worth a $20 fine and a caution - if that.
Alien, because, though the Brits have had an alien imposed justice system for years, it's now spreading to Japan.
sounds daft but..
I'd be furious if that happened to my MMORPG characters.
Yeah it's just a game but unlike most games its a little more involving, lots of relationships are developed over time and lots of equipment / skills, which all take months of relentless grinding (usually) to get back.
And there it is.
Our descent into lunacy is complete. Ive never played one of these online games, so I feel like i'm watching strange events unfold in a goldfish bowl every time I see one of these stories. Are they really that captivating and important? Im starting to feel like I must be missing something, but the realy world is still great for me. I originally thought lonely people played these games to get away from the traumas of the real world, but now it seems there is murder, divorce and all that in the virtual world as well.
Oh sod it. Get a life you nutjobs, or stop wasting oxygen that the rest of us could be breathing.
Losers. Massive losers.
I think all parties, cops included, need to spend some quality time in the Total Perspective Vortex.
I mean, it's only an f-ing game, innit.
A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.
Anybody fancy a nice game of chess?
World gone mad!!
Surely this can't possibly be real???? What the heck is going on and, more importantly, how low must the crime rate in this area be if the police can spend time and resources on something so utterly unimportant? Up to 5 years for this? I shudder to think what real murderers get in that country!!
And the world just keeps getting...
weirder and weirder.
Need a "WTF?" icon, please.
Virtual Priest says: "I now pronounce you man and wife"
Virtula Priest says: "What you just killed your husband?"
Virtual Priest says: "OFFICER ARREST HER"
Virtual Cop says: "Ma'am your coming with me. Your under the arrest for....umm say WHAT??"
Just me or is he virtual world starting to become more and more real for some then the real world is?
/Dumb ass broad. . .Point made
I have ZERO sympathy for him, thats what you can expect to happen to you, when you go about giving out your password to people you have never met.
It's not the womans fault.
"She hasn't yet been formally charged, but AP reports she could face a prison term of up to five years in prison or a fine of $5,000 (£3,091) if convicted. ®"
To be served "virtually" of course...
Can she pay the fine with virtual money and have her on-line identity do the bird ?
You couldn't make it up! This makes Sadville look like real life.
I loved this bit: "I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry." Well, it would, dear - it would. Now take your medication.
only in Japan
You have organised crime running free and police actually telling you that they don't want to get involved if you have a problem with the Yakuza (first hand experience) but they have time to waste on this kind of stuff.
Of course arresting a 33 year old women is a lot less dangerous than investigating a yakuza.
anonymous for obvious reasons
Hell hath no fury...
like a Woman spurned! >:-)
Still seems a bit fecked'up to toss her in the slammer though when we still have other Hackers on the loose (causing more unrest) sniffing 'round our Politicians dirty knickers though.
I don't know how to close this segment so I'll just pay my final respects to the dearly departed...
Can somebody explain how killing somebody virtually is almost the same as bumping them off in real life?
Ah, ye olde Japan is wacked out ploy
Having read the story in the Japanese papers, it should be stated that she's not being arrested for deleting the character, but for illegally accessing the guy's account.
It's unlikely she'll see time, though because the idiot voluntarily gave her his login info and then brilliantly neglected to change it after the "divorce". Real bright guy, that.
In my opinion she should go down for murder as this character was obviously the only life this man had!!
RM -R *
So, he willingly gave her his username and password, and now it's a crime for her to delete some files for him?
Some people really need a life!
A plea to all people who get imersed in virtual worlds.
Please please please, open your front door and step outside. Yes, there is financial meltdown, injustice, cruelty, war and diesease out there, but just look beyond these.
See the delicate majesty of sunlight glinting on raindrops caught on a spider web, or the haunting beauty of early morning mist rolling across a field.
This world is a devistastingly beautiful place, get out there and enjoy it, don't waste your life in some electronic hell.
OK Friday morning philosphy over with.
"Stop that! It's far too silly..!"
...'nuff said really..
Mine's the one with the Monty Python script in the pocket..
I'll keep my first life...
What a joke - Shouldn't she be virtually arrested if at all?
Standard security policies in companies over here are that you don't, under any circumstances, share your credentials/passwords.
Idiots, the pair of them. Chuck in the rest of these people who live in a second world instead of just having a non-committal game now and then and you have the new breed of geeks and freaks.
Oh come on...
First, if he gave her his password I don't think she should be charged with anything. The act clearly implies that he is giving her access to his account - he has to accept the consequences of that.
Second, and admittedly based on my first point, why are law enforcement agencies getting involved in this crap. Just glad it isn't happening in the UK, at least it isn't my taxes being burned up over this trivial, haha, affair.
Paris. She can rub me out anytime ;-)))
He was lucky.......
As a real wife would of deleted the contents of his bank balance. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and all that, Anyway he was the stupid one to have given out his username and password so what did he expect to happen!
Pass me coat luv I am heading to the boozer.
I'm sorry, but like, WTF?
So she didn't hack the system at all then, she just used the password that this guy gave her, presumably so that she could access his account at her convenience without bothering him first. If she used her new found influence over virtual hubby's mindset to have him, oh, I dunno - kill himself, the surely that's all fine and dandy...
It's a virtual game dear boy, and if you give someone control of your account, then unpredictabe things might happen - particularly when you introduce a recently ditched and somewhat miffed e-wifey into the equation. If you divorced in real life, you'd want her keys to your home back, wouldn't you? Same thing here - should have changed his password...
And reporting this to the police? I mean, WHY? They should both be taken out back, a bit of a slapping administered, and advised to grow up and get a life...
Nice to see that their plod took the time to investigate this though - contrasts rather with the City Of London police's stance on Phorm, doesn't it?
Paris, coz she's been painfully split a time or two herself...
ok that is it
I am leaving the planet at the first opertuinity
Deletion of characters because of hurt feelings?
Punched, kicked, threatened with a knife for a face mask in Runescape?
Maybe games are bad for us...
Or maybe some people need sterilising.
A new genre
....virtual Film Noir! All we need now are monochrome browsers.
Mine's the Bogart-style trenchcoat...
It's a game. He gave out his password. Ridiculously disproportionate "punishment".
That is all.
IT's game for F***** sake
Haven't the police got anything better to do with their time?
Over here she probably wouldn't get 5 years for breaking in to his house, stealing everything and trashing the whole join. What's so bad about using his account which he gave her access too.
Surely the most she should be punished with is paying some operator at the games company for a couple of minutes to restore the stupid blokes account.
All your virtual partners are belongs to us
Now where's my coat
... freely give your love away, but never your passkey.
Ha. Haha. HAHAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAHAHA *rotflol*
"Surely this can't possibly be real????"
I think we have a Rumsfeld problem here that needs clarification. We have real reals. That's things that really happen in the real world. We have unreal reals. That's unreal things that happen in the real world. We have real unreals. That's things that really happen in the unreal world. Finally we have unreal unreals. That's unreal things that happen in the unreal world.
I think that this is a classic example of an unreal unreal causing a real unreal and having an outcome of an unreal real.
Does it make sense now?
I'd ask for my coat, but I now not only don't know where I left it but I'm not sure if I ever really had one in the first place.
I don't need no steenking title
I bet she wishes she had killed him for real now.
how many years for....
a decent round of brutal online killing in Team Fortress 2? :)
He should have had the locks changed.
How hard would it have been to change his password?
"He went to the police when he realised his character was missing."
Let me put this into perspective:
"Err hello officer, yeah I was playing Jet Set Willy on my ZX Spectrum and this nasty guys came out of nowhere and took all my lives I want them called to book, right now!"
Bunch of losers, they should all be locked up for the sanity of everyone else!