Dial V For Virtual Murder

I’m constantly amazed by how seriously many people, especially bloggers, take the online world, and this is a great illustration of how bad it can get:

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.


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.

I guess we’re all just looking for validation, and it’s as good in the virtual world as in meatspace. And rejection always hurts. But how do they punish this woman now?

(Link via email from DD.)