How dare you divorce my avatar!!!

A Japanese woman could do up to five years in jail for killing her ex-husband. That sentence might seem a little light, until you find out that they were only married in an online role playing game, and by “killing” him, we mean she deleted his online profile.

A Japanese woman could face a prison sentence after killing off her virtual husband in a computer game.

The 43-year-old became so angry about a sudden “divorce” from her online husband in the interactive Maple Story game that she logged on with his password and deleted his digital persona.

She has been arrested on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data.

The woman used the man’s username and password to log in to the game and carry out the virtual murder in May, a police official in the northern city of Sapporo said.

“I was suddenly divorced – without a word of warning. That made me so angry,” the official quoted her as saying.

The woman, a piano teacher, had not plotted any revenge in the real world, he said.

She has not yet been formally charged, but could face up to five years in prison or a fine of more than £3,000 if eventually convicted.

Maple Story players create and manipulate digital images called avatars – which represent themselves – while engaging in relationships and social activities and fighting monsters.

The woman was arrested on Wednesday and taken 620 miles (1,000km) from her home in southern Miyazaki to be detained in Sapporo, where the man lives, the official said.

For reference, here’s a map of that journey. The authorities hauled this woman clear across Japan for her cyber crimes…

About Alpine McGregor
Just like you, man. I got the shotgun, you got the briefcase. All in the game, though, right?

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