October 2008

Not Everything Posted Here Is Funny

Ezra Chatterton, the World of Warcraft fan with terminal brain cancer whom Blizzard memorialized in-game, has died.

My son, Ezra Phoenix Chatterton, Ephoenix the Hunter, Squirlanator the Mage, is gone. All we have left in this world are memories of him. Please remember that he was a good person, smart and clever but also very kind, that he loved to play World of Warcraft, that he loved rice pudding and fettucine alfredo, and that he went through so much pain and still found ways to smile all the way to the end. Please remember too the kindness of Blizzard, and the overwhelming love of the WoW community. Without these gifts, Ezra would still have found a way to be happy and optimistic, just not as easily.

Things We Learned Today

Online divorcee jailed after killing virtual hubby

The woman used login information she got from the 33-year-old office worker when their characters were happily married, and killed the character. The man complained to police when he discovered that his beloved online avatar was dead.

So, today, we learned:

  • Deleting someone else’s character is a crime in Japan.
  • When pressed, the only North American online game the AP can think of is Second Life, despite both Maple Story and World of Warcraft having orders of magnitude more users.
  • You can get married in Maple Story.
  • But you probably shouldn’t.