This rant can be filed under the "Get a Life" category, and a virtual life doesn't count. Some people out there are taking these RPGs too seriously. I'm not a psychiatrist, but I play one at the bar. Just let me say that if you're taking games such as World of Warcraft or Second Life so seriously that it's often your only form of social networking, then you've got a problem. Yes, a problem. A diagnosable problem.
RPGs have the ability to empower weak people, who identify too strongly with their online character. People with low self esteem—and those who are too lazy to work at empowering themselves in the physical world—are quick to latch onto anything that might enhance their below-average stature. Prospective girlfriends, employers, and loans officers will not be particularly impressed with your ability to club giants to death without the aid of magical armor.
Now here's something that actually happened in England: A woman was playing an online RPG game when unexpectedly her virtual husband divorced her. She was so angry that she actually discovered this man's real identity, tracked him down, and deleted his character from the game. Permanently. This guy was so upset, having spent a year developing his character, he actually took this woman to court. The most unsettling thing is that this guy actually won the case. The woman was charged with destruction of personal property.
There is no doubt I would be angry if someone permanently deleted a character I had spent a year on, but taking the matter to court is incomprehensible. Personally, I believe this woman played the game brilliantly. Ultimately she won. Beware a woman scorned.
There are those who will side with the man, citing illegal hacking, invasion of privacy, e-theft, and whatever technically legal atrocity you care to categorize this as. Anything can be argued in a court of law, but let's keep in mind her intent. All she wanted was to erase that man's character from a video game. To teach him a lesson. To show the big baby how the game is played. Not only is this sissy an embarrassment to the male gender, but the judge sounds like a right-wing, chauvinistic moron that rewards a loser for wasting his life. Perhaps she should have been charged with murder.
CCC Senior Contributing Writer
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