WTH: WoW Cited As Evidence In Divorce Cases

Subpoenaed evidence from the gaming site World of Warcraft used in US divorce and custody cases.

Online multiplayer games such as Farmville and Word of Warcraft are being cited as evidence in divorce and custody cases, according to USA Today.

The same applies to social networking sites. The American Academy of Matriomonial Lawyers reports that 81 per cent of its members have dealt with evidence from Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and the like in the past five years.

USA Today lists this case as an example: “Father seeks custody of the kids, claiming (among other things) that his ex-wife never attends the events of their young ones. Subpoenaed evidence from the gaming site World of Warcraft tracks her there with her boyfriend at the precise time she was supposed to be out with the children. Mom loves Facebook’s Farmville, too, at all the wrong times.”

Via EuroGamer

Don’t Be Zealous!

Here’s something for the archives:

BEIJING — When the online fantasy game “World of Warcraft” was yanked from China last year because of a bureaucratic turf battle, the millions of Chinese players were outraged.

An online chat session to discuss the problem attracted 32,000 indignant gamers. Tens of thousands filed complaints with China’s consumer rights agency – in one day. An Internet addiction expert who defended the shutdown on national television found himself bombarded with angry phone calls and death threats.

But there’s been little evidence of similar popular protest since online giant Google said it might shut down its google.cn search engine and cease operations in China. In fact, many of the country’s 384 million Internet users appear to greet the news with little more a shrug. Read more…

World of Warcraft has integrity as an online game, it’s viable and I doubt its parent company likes playing politics that much!  Google’s  enigmatic exit  is cluttered with the absurd. No wonder the Chinese netizen just shrugged off the news.

The Chinese has misread the game (WoW) and their consumers for something else. By playing the ‘as usual’, the Chinese censors has made a jester of an otherwise reasonable and competent (online) authority. As for the Google farce– perhaps changing your motto to ‘Don’t be Zealous’ would make simpler drawing 338 million* internet users to your massive brand.

World of Warcraft in China. (c) Digitalbattle.com

* An estimated 338 million online users are based in China. 320 million have broadband access.

Warcraft Couple Tie The Knot

This little story has it all– contemporary, love that conquers all, and of course happy ending.

Today a new married couple posted on the World of Warcraft forums from Blizzard today, and they have a message of thanks to give to the popular MMO creator.  Israeli-born Avlee and British born Erandel met virtually on the MMORPG on August 3rd, 2006. Avlee was touched by the appreciation of beauty that Erandel had for Dalaran Dome, a effected created by “residue from the magic dome”. Very recently the couple got married after living with each other for a year. Read more…

(c) Agencyguild.com

We’ve heard of Warcraft (OK online games in particular) being the leg of many things in the past– morbid obesity, online scams, marital break-ups, violence, etc. But then there’s this that knots something good with our favourite online game. Congratulations to the newly wed couple!