When does virtual life become reality? Is there are difference or it is only in the mind of the beholder? If your character is deleted either by an angry virtual ex-wife or by a malfuntioning server has it actually been murdered or are you deluded?
You know what this is about right, the Japanese woman who deleted her virtual ex-husbands avatar from ‘Maple Story’ because he divorced her within the story. Please note, married ‘in the story’ and divorced ‘in the story’. Not real, not lawyers or legally binding contracts. I would defying them to say there was any intense emotional bond. The woman seems more angry that she was dumped without warning, than that her emotional world has come crumbing down around her. But I digress.
Unlike other incidence where virtual crime has led to big conviction, this story has not real life implications. Where there is fraud or attempted kidnapping then it is only sense that that real police should be involved. But no one has died, and as mentioned here, surely the Maple Story people can reinstall the character from back up. If not, oh well, no worse than what happens to me when my 360 has one of its famous fits. Build a bridge and make a new character and DON’T GIVE YOUR PASSWORD TO STRANGERS EVEN ONES YOUR IMAGINARILY MARRIED TO!!
We laugh at kids for thinking there’s such things as boogie-men and yet police get called in a the woman dragged 600miles away from her home for killing off someone elses imaginary friend. Watch out Drop Dead Fred, your next.