Online games? Offline pays?
[size=9pt]Online divorcee jailed after killing virtual hubby<br />Oct 23, 2008<br /><br /><br />TOKYO: A 43-year-old Japanese woman whose sudden divorce in a virtual game world made her so angry that she killed her online husband's digital persona has been arrested on suspicion of hacking, police said Thursday.<br /><br />The woman, who is jailed on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data, used his identification and password to log onto popular interactive game "Maple Story" to carry out the virtual murder in mid-May, a police official in northern Sapporo said on condition of anonymity, citing department policy.<br /><br />"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.<br /><br />The woman had not plotted any revenge in the real world, the official said.<br /><br />She has not yet been formally charged, but if convicted could face a prison term of up to five years or a fine up to $5,000.<br /><br />Players in "Maple Story" raise and manipulate digital images called "avatars" that represent themselves, while engaging in relationships, social activities and fighting against monsters and other obstacles.<br /><br />The woman used login information she got from the 33-year-old office worker when their characters were happily married, and killed the character. The man complained to police when he discovered that his beloved online avatar was dead. [/size]