The line between virtual reality and its flesh-and-blood cousin blurred a little this week as a 43-year-old Tokyo woman was jailed for murdering her virtual ex-husband’s avatar.
After she suddenly found herself divorced in “Maple Story“, a popular 2-D side scrolling MMORPG, the unidentified woman used her ex-husband’s ID and password to log into the game and kill him off. Call it Death by Deletion.
When the man discovered his beloved avatar was gone, he contacted authorities, which led to the woman’s arrest. “I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning,” the woman told investigators. “That made me so angry.” The AP reports that the woman had no intention to carry out violence in reality.
The charges are “illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data,” which carries a sentence of up to five years in jail or a fine up to $5,000.
According to news reports, the estranged couple lived 1000 miles apart and have never met in the flesh.
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