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Posted: Jan 11th 2010 8:05AM (Unverified) said

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What do I think? I don't care! Why are you making article about this stupid crap? Site has turn into a tabloid or something?

Posted: Jan 11th 2010 8:22AM (Unverified) said

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And Yet you took the time to post.


The story has relevance in the MMO scene, as it goes to show what many of us have always known. You cant trust what people say in game, (He told her he was older then he is).

Not to mention that now every Anti-Gaming parents group out there will be latching on to this and making MMOS out to be the Pedo hunters paradise they have been looking for.

I don't have an Opinion one way or the other on the issue as I do not have all the facts. Personally I can just wait and see how it all unfolds.
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Posted: Jan 11th 2010 10:54AM Bueno said

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I agree with Dant.

My only thoughts on the matter is it's getting too much press.
Their 15mins are over.
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Posted: Jan 11th 2010 8:25AM (Unverified) said

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That Huffington Post link seems oddly slanted towards "zomg internet predator on teh gamesorz!" when, and I may be wrong, it was my understanding that a) the legal age of consent in Canada is 16 and b) he'd been lying anyway saying he was 20 so as to woo her.

Eh either way. First rule of online long distance dating, be honest. I was and here I am coming up to my wedding anniversary having dated a girl in California (Im in Dublin) for several years.

Posted: Jan 11th 2010 8:27AM (Unverified) said

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Huh?
Massively is now asking us to comment on issues of morality? Or at least to make moralistic postings on the topic...
Where exactly do the editors see this "conversation" going?
Seems a case of "light blue touchpaper" to me...

Posted: Jan 11th 2010 8:27AM Serious Table said

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It's a little disturbing, considering their age difference, but then again, internet couples are not unheard of (especially in WoW). Heck, tanking found me my healer, and we just got engaged this weekend after dating for six months!

.... Mind you, there's only a three year age difference, so it's not as weird.

The thing that kinda bothers me is that she was promised a safe trip home, but was arrested when she got there ANYWAY, but hey, that's Texas for ya.

Posted: Jan 11th 2010 8:31AM Holgranth said

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My opinion? Both parties had the brains of ripe cheese.

Posted: Jan 11th 2010 8:40AM tk421242 said

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4 kids and still found time to play WOW.... scary.

Posted: Jan 11th 2010 8:41AM (Unverified) said

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The legal age on consent is 16 in Canada. But as the woman is a US citizen, she must abide by US laws. Had she been a citizen of Canada, she would have been okay. Do I agree with this law, hell no. US citizens age 16 can go to other countries and drink before the US legal age, so and older US citizen should be able to go to another country and do the same. Of course there are some countries where that legal age is 13.

I don't feel it is right, however, that she is being tried. It was my understanding they never even got a chance to do anything. I have always been against the preemptive approach. Like those catch a predator shows. The bust the people before anything has actually happened. Plus the person the use to draw them in is 18 anyway, so I never get how they can get away with it.

Posted: Jan 12th 2010 12:08PM (Unverified) said

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I'd like to point out that 16 is the legal consent age IF the person in question is within 2 years of age plus other IFs as well. A 16 and 17 can have at it, or even a 16 and an 18. It MUST be within 2 years up until the younger is 18 or older.

So no, even in Canada this is very illegal.

Either way she would be charged, all she had to do is wait 2 years, not that long of time, and this would all be easy. Do anything you want after 2 years, she waited 40 some anyways, whats 2 more.
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Posted: Jan 11th 2010 9:15AM Halldorr said

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I think it's a waste of tax payers money...it's 16 to give consent up here recently changed from 14. She wasn't charged up here, Texas is crazy.

Posted: Jan 11th 2010 9:21AM Blacknimbus said

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"married mother of four"

Way to go, Mom. Let's not gloss over the fact that she's blown up her family to sleep with a minor.

And no, 42-year old people shouldn't having 'romantic' relationships with 16 year olds for many reasons even if you leave plain morality out of it.

Posted: Jan 11th 2010 11:03AM HackJack said

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And what are those non-dogmatic and/or moralistic reasons? I'd really like to know, please!
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Posted: Jan 11th 2010 3:14PM myr said

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Me too! Please enlighten us.
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Posted: Jan 11th 2010 9:29AM Thac0 said

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I think this is much ado about nothing.

Posted: Jan 11th 2010 9:59AM JeekFreak said

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While I think the article has its place on this site, even our opinions are going to be either jaded or defensive, since we protect our own in the MMO world and defend from the unending ridicule our hobby/vice.

Is it deplorable that married 40+ woman ended up having sexual relations with an under age boy? Yep, sure as hell is! Just shows how easily people are fooled, or Want to be fooled.

Should she have been arrested in the US for an act outside the US borders? IMO, not in this case because she was under the full impression her connection was legit, age-wise (morals not-withstanding). Again, we do not know all the details either as there is the very fact they Went to Canada to meet and engage, knowing the legit age is under 18 there. So, both sides have validity.

Ok, enough of this... Moving on to more favored MMO News!

Posted: Jan 26th 2010 8:08AM (Unverified) said

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perfectly said
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Posted: Jan 11th 2010 10:00AM Snow Leopard said

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Yeah, I’m not saying that you should let you’re loved ones and family members decide who you see and who you don’t, but it is important to take their well-being into consideration. The kid put gave his parents a real scare and the mom just got up and left her family. In love or not, they betrayed the trust of some people who are very close to them. That is not by any means the start of a healthy relationship.

Finally, I don’t care how many romantic Utgarde Pinnacle runs you had. You should at least meet someone in person before you start throwing around labels like “soul mate”. I understand that people fall in love, but this isn’t love. It’s just mutual immaturity coupled with a desperate need to see some fantasy realized. The internet is a budding place to meet up with and get in contact with people, but it should not be your sole medium for forging serious relations that will impact your life.

Posted: Jan 11th 2010 10:02AM Platypus Man said

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She's a poor excuse for a mother and a wife. But a criminal? Hardly.

Posted: Jan 11th 2010 10:20AM Agozyen said

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The boy misrepresented his age. When the woman in question went to meet him she was under the assumption he was 20. This is according to the original article that ran on this site - http://www.massively.com/2010/01/04/teen-found-safe-after-running-away-to-meet-wow-soulmate/ . If this is true then there is no morality issue and she should not be prosecuted. There is no case.


In the interest of full disclosure I met my girlfriend in EverQuest about 8 years ago. There was no chemistry until we met in real life about 2.5 years ago, and it's been great ever since!


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