I have been a best man at five weddings, but have never myself managed to be a ring-slipper.
However, I understand the need for one human being to permanently attach themselves to another. Even if that attachment is virtual.
So I find virtual tears coursing down my virtual cheeks as I receive information that there is a problem with virtual marriages.
The game-makers (and matchmakers) at online-game site Nexon tell me that of the 26,982 in-game marriages that have joyously occurred in a game called MapleStory, 20,344 have ended in divorce.
Because I happen never to have played MapleStory, nor indeed even wondered what it is, I am grateful to Nexon for offering me correspondence with respect to the details of the world's next great social plight.
"I was young, naive, and thought I had met 'the one'," declared one player from Vancouver. "She asked me what I wanted in MapleStory for my birthday, and I told her that the only thing I could ever want was for her to marry me."
I feel virtual sniffles coming on. My shirt is becoming virtually damp. What could have possibly gone wrong?
Tyler--for that is the Vancouveran warrior's name--continued: "She started saying that I wasn't the person she fell in love with. That I had changed, and that I didn't seem to care about her anymore."
So far, so not very virtual. This sounded like an everyday occurrence in our venal little world. Spouses change their minds. Spouses feel insecure. Spouses decide you aren't "the one" any more. But wait, there was more.… Read more