Feb 022010

Master alternate reality game designer Jane McGonigals latest venture is Evoke, a project to connect young people in Africa to their counterpars in the the developed world “to empower young people all over the world, and especially in Africa, to start tackling the world’s toughest problems: poverty, hunger, sustainable energy, water security, conflict, disaster relief, health care, education, human rights… boingboing.net

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Jan 052010

For the first time since the establishment of all-volunteer forces in 1973, the US military has met all of its recruiting goals.This success can be attributed in part to the new video games and graphic novels aimed at America’s youth. It may sound like the US military has solved a major recruitment problem, but there may be a high cost… csmonitor.com

Nov 142008

The Times of London reports on a woman filing for divorce on grounds of “unreasonable behavior after her husband admitted falling in love with the virtual female character.” The divorcing couple originally met online and played Second Life together. The wife filed for divorce after discovering “virtual infidelity with a female character playing the role of a prostitute”…thedailybeast.com.

Lesson:Unlike Las Vegas, what goes on in Second Life doesn’t stay in Second Life.

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Oct 242008

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, 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…Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

“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.

As art is said to imitate life, virtual life may often emulate real life.

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