MapleStory: The Digital Divorce Disaster Zone

MapleStory: The Digital Divorce Disaster Zone

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If you think real-world relationships are tough, you should try you getting married in MapleStory, an online RPG with a divorce rate of 75 percent.

"Love stinks," as J. Geils once pronounced, and nowhere is that more true than in MapleStory, a free-to-play MMO where the rate of failed marriages is so high that Nexon, the publisher, reached out to its users to find out what's going on. 26,982 in-game marriages were performed in North America last year; 20,344 - 75 percent - ended in annulment.

"I was young, naive, and thought I had met 'the one.' 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," said 20-year-old Tyler. But soon after the ceremony, things started to go south.

"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," he continued. And then she threw his stuff out onto the lawn. "I got a call from my best friend, saying that all of my items were dropping. It was her. Less than a week later, we decided that we needed to sever all ties between us, and we had our marriage annulled. I haven't talked to her since."

And his is not the only tale of woe. 19-year-old Seth told of how his marriage collapsed after he figured out that she was only into him for his money. "I realized after a while that she was only out there to get free things off of me and we got in this conversation where she admitted to this accusation," he said. "So I decided I would have to annul our Maple marriage."

On the upside, as producer Crystin Cox pointed out, MapleStory divorcees aren't on the hook for alimony or child support and they don't have to go to court to divvie up their loot and items before they go their separate ways. But the bad news is that it costs 25 bucks to get married in the game, and broken vows of eternal love carry a strict "no refund" policy.

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[applause]

I'm going to go ahead and call this "Article of the Day".

People actually pay to get married in-game?

Really?

Irridium:
People actually pay to get married in-game?

Really?

Welcome to NEXON and its customers. Well, I play MapleStory, so techincally I am a customer as well, but hey, I don't spend money on it.

OT: Well, marriages aren't that emotionally important in MapleStory anyway. It's more like "Hey, let's get married to have those advantages!".

What is this I don't even...
Seriously, do those statistics honestly come as any kind of surprise?

I am in love with the quote from the player

wow o.0

and much as i'd like to poke fun at this

can't, would kinda make me a hypocrite >.> (i was married in an online game for a year and a half)

but, i find it interesting, BOTH story's, had not been stated where from an online game, one would think they where RL relationships

This is my friends, the devaluation of marriage as institution.
It costs 25$.

Irridium:
People actually pay to get married in-game?

Really?

There are benfits to get married in Maplestory. It's been awhile since I played but I remember getting married opens a party quest for married couples where you can get some nice items that cost a pretty buck in the market.

I wonder if that article that stated videogames as a large cause for divorces took MapleStory into account...

Art Axiv:
This is my friends, the devaluation of marriage as institution.
It costs 25$.

It doesn't cost much more in Vegas. But Elvis impersonators obviously come at a premium.

i remembered when i played this dumb thing all those years ago and thought just that... paying 25$ for make pretend marige with people you dont know is only the tip of the iceberg for all the useless stuf you could even 6 years ago waste your money on...

This has to be the saddest thing i think I've ever seen.

Lol I have a suspicion my level 95 Priest is still married. The urge to check is rising but I didn't pay for it, I had a loopy friend with money who paid for it and I got all the snazzy extras out of it. Hurrah.

It really is silly, Maple Story lost the plot with all these premiums and you cannot play the game optimally without them so it just becomes a big wang fest on showing off how much dosh you spent.

If I ever needed a case to support subscriber based payment methods in MMO's I'd point them in the direction of this fiasco.

lacktheknack:
[applause]

I'm going to go ahead and call this "Article of the Day".

I'm saying article of the year. I actually laughed at this. I remember playing maple and laughing at the people playing the game doing this.

I'll post a more thorough response once my sides stop splitting from laughing over this.

OT: AHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHHAHAAAAA!!!

OT (for real this time): It's an individuals right to behave however they feel appropriate in this digital age online. Anonymity is a blessing, but paying for the right to have your heart broken so to speak is a choice. Seems like a lot of fun. I <3 games :)

Wow, that seems really serious. Though, for 25 bucks it should be. I wonder about the couples that stay together though, that seems like the most interesting.

Brad Shepard:
This has to be the saddest thing i think I've ever seen.

You haven't seen Phantasy star Universe's community.

5 Years and counting married in MapleStory.

Come at me, bro.

only 75%? one would think it would be up there at 99%.

Patrick_and_the_ricks:

Brad Shepard:
This has to be the saddest thing i think I've ever seen.

You haven't seen Phantasy star Universe's community.

you got to pay real money there too?

Brad Shepard:

Patrick_and_the_ricks:

Brad Shepard:
This has to be the saddest thing i think I've ever seen.

You haven't seen Phantasy star Universe's community.

you got to pay real money there too?

You pay by the soul.

People get married, and date.... Wields no bonuses, because it's not a feature. People are just fucking weird.

People get married for all the wrong reasons in real life, and get divorced despite massive familial and economic costs. I'm surprised the divorce rate in an online game isn't closer to 98%.

Art Axiv:
This is my friends, the devaluation of marriage as institution.
It costs 25$.

do you mean the de-evolution?
and i can't wait till they start doing this in dragon quest (sarcasm)

Considering that the only "real" reason people get married in this game is to do a quest that gets you a valuable item, I'm surprised that Nexon isn't just capitalizing and making annulment cost loads of cash. People'd still pay, and they'd have a bit more money to through to their mediocre servers.

jcb1337:
Considering that the only "real" reason people get married in this game is to do a quest that gets you a valuable item, I'm surprised that Nexon isn't just capitalizing and making annulment cost loads of cash. People'd still pay, and they'd have a bit more money to through to their mediocre servers.

Yeah, same. Well, thats MMOs in general, I suppose. Run by stupids, but played by people with too much time on their hands.

Irridium:
People actually pay to get married in-game?

Really?

If it works, sounds like quite the good deal for the company hosting it. Plenty of repeat customers by the sounds of it >:D

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I don't recall always having to pay to get married. Then again, my 6 months playing it was basically me just grinding, setting up a shop in the market, and barely talking to anyone despite somehow getting into one of the top guilds.

I really hope that's not 25 real dollars to get married...

I couldn't help but laugh at those incredibly stereotypical stories of relationships (in this case marriage) gone wrong. I guess because of that this story is either incredibly awesome or incredibly horrifying, it just depends on how you look at it.

 

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