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Posted: Sep 15th 2011 11:25AM Sephirah said

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"One player named Seth realized that his "Maple spouse" was merely using their relationship to bum free items off of him, which led to their break-up."

Better learn such lesson in a game and lose only 25$, than in real life and lose your house and half of your income.

Posted: Sep 15th 2011 11:34AM blackcat7k said

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They're wondering why the divorce rate is so high? Hmm... I'll take a stab at a few things.

The anonymity of hiding of behind a character.

The fact this is a game.

You don't have to commit to anything.

Both individuals are expecting the other to be someone that they can put all their hopes, dreams and aspirations on. Instead of realizing that it has to go both ways.

Errr... Wait. That's more real world. Sorry.

Posted: Sep 15th 2011 3:45PM Ardra Diva said

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@blackcat7k

Teh Real World

Worst_Game_Ever
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Posted: Sep 16th 2011 12:22AM Destati said

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@blackcat7k
The fact that these are 12 year olds with access to their parent's credit cards...
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Posted: Sep 15th 2011 11:37AM Ehra said

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I think the most surprising statistic to come out of this is that one out of four marriages in MalpleStory actually last.

Posted: Sep 15th 2011 11:43AM Syesta said

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75% divorce rate?
Sounds about right.
*trollface*

Posted: Sep 15th 2011 11:48AM StClair said

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How many Maple Story players are minors, with only a vague idea of how this "marriage" thing works?

Posted: Sep 15th 2011 11:58AM fallwind said

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@StClair

How many Maple Story players are adults, with only a vague idea of how this "marriage" thing works?
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Posted: Sep 15th 2011 11:57AM Space Cobra said

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Wasn't there another article just last week that covered this or was that another game? (Also mentioned the wedding rings are pretty powerful in-game buffs.)

Anyway, like blackcat touched upon, many of these marriages are not treated too seriously by one or both members. It's either they are young or have a young-view, latch onto you awhile, then get bored or find someone else. Sometimes it is drama and other times its not. Some folks view it as "just a game" (but not all...).

I would say many "young" players do this more than older ones (but as I said, "young" is subjective, many others can be very simple/young in their attitudes and views, although chronologically older/mature for Real World concerns).

And while I could drop a tidbit to make some of these Maple Story marriages last longer that also applies to Real Life....well, it is just a simple game, so...

Posted: Sep 15th 2011 12:00PM Marekh said

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Upon reading this piece I was expecting all sorts of high quality sarcastic remarks...

I AM DISAPOINT!!1!

Posted: Sep 16th 2011 12:23AM Destati said

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@Marekh
Keep your stolen 5 year old 4chan memes on reddit.
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Posted: Sep 15th 2011 12:45PM Seinaru said

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That's because the main reason that most people marry in the game is for access to a daily married people only party quest where you can get a good amount of money. 10% of marriages might be for actual "love."

Still, considering how much a marriage it is, I'm surprised there are so many divorces.

Posted: Sep 15th 2011 12:49PM Seldra said

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I bet the other 25% that stays together, are mostly from people with alt accounts that marry with their main to simply get the stat buff.

Posted: Sep 15th 2011 1:41PM Degu said

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At least it's not the heartbreak of psoriasis.

Posted: Sep 15th 2011 3:44PM Ardra Diva said

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I would have to assume some small % graduated to Second Life and a much more uh... detailed and uh... well-animated uh... marriage. ;-)

Posted: Sep 15th 2011 5:01PM Haldurson said

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It's still a far better record than couples on (un)reality shows.

Posted: Sep 15th 2011 5:06PM oohwakakaka said

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the other 25% are those who marry their alts... :D

Posted: Sep 15th 2011 5:47PM Graill440 said

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"Mommy, look!, i just married my grownup friend online!"

".......Click...typy, typy, typy, clickclickclick spacebar clickclickclick. There, now your not married! I wont have a ten year old of mine marrying some pedo in an online game! And another thing............"

Posted: Sep 15th 2011 9:16PM (Unverified) said

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Take it from someone who has been married twice in real life. I NEVER want to be married inside an MMO. Holy hell, you don;t even get virtually laid.,

Posted: Sep 20th 2011 8:29PM NoooNotSeth said

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This is soooo True.....theres a girl in windia that claims she has been married 21 times in windia and she can just get guys to give her stuff so watch out for xaznpuddinx

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