Add this to the list of strange stories: A woman in Japan has been arrested (in real life) after deleting her (virtual) ex-husband’s video game identity.
The couple was (virtually) married in a video game called Maple Story, and the woman’s (virtual) husband decided he wanted to (virtually) break up. She got upset and hacked into his (real) Maple Story account to delete his online persona. She was arrested this week on suspicion of hacking.
The crime could result in a five year prison sentence and a fine of $5,000.
Unfortunately, this virtual divorce and murder is just an example of what’s happening in real life due to video game that may seem a little to real, and social networks like Facebook becoming the official guide to relationship statuses.
Just this week a man in London known as the ‘Facebook Killer’ was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his ex-wife. The man killed his wife after she changed her Facebook relationship status to ‘single’ just four days after they separated. The man told offers he felt devastated and humiliated that she changed her relationship status so quickly and publicly, and announced that she was looking for other men.
These two cases are unfortunate examples how some people get way too wrapped up in what’s online and aren’t able to separate social networks and video games from real life. Let’s hope they don’t continue.