November 3, 2008
Woman Jailed for 'Killing' Her Virtual Husband
My name is 'Villager Barbosa' in the virtual game world. I'm a novice. I haven't learned how to dance well in the virtual clubs. I don't have a place to live in the virtual game world.
However, others are much more experienced. Some folks can use their "avatars" that represent themselves, to engage in relationships, social activities and fighting monsters and other obstacles.
Some folks get buck-wild in virtual worlds. Players often abandon their inhibitions, engaging in activity online that they would never do in the real world. For instance, sex with strangers is a common activity.
Drumbeats from Jamal Ali pointed me to the story of a 43-year-old player in a virtual game world who became so angry about her sudden divorce from her online husband that she logged on with his password and killed his digital persona.
The woman, who has been jailed on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data, used his ID and password to log onto the popular interactive game "Maple Story" to carry out the virtual murder in May, a police official in Japan said.
"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.
I've been divorced twice already ... I don't think I'll go that route in the virtual world! But, reach this way if you can teach me some dance moves in Second Life...