Video game Maple Story counts virtual marriages and divorces

Divorce|Family|News|February 10th 2013

Popular online role-playing game MapleStory has hosted 28,000 virtual marriages amongst players since its launch in 2003, according to publisher Nexon.

Of those in-game marriages, 15,000 players have subsequently divorced their virtual spouse. The average length of a Maple Story marriage is 518 days, but players who both married and divorced in 2012 managed an average of only 107 days. The longest recorded virtual marriage lasted 1,100 days, and the shortest just three seconds. One player has clocked up 13 separate marriages in the game.

MapleStory takes place in an elaborate two-dimensional fantasy world with an Asian art style. Players work to develop their character’s skills and status. The game was launched in Korea and now has in excess of eight million players around the world.

Photo of Nexon stand at E3 2011 by pop culture geek via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence 

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