Virtual Assets Are Not Community Property

A marriage based on a shared love of online gaming is just as valid as a normal one, but as one Chinese woman found out, virtual assets accrued during marital bliss aren't divvied up in the divorce.

According to a story in the Beijing Morning Post, a judge has denied a woman's claim that half of the virtual items gathered during their marriage be turned over to her in the divorce settlement. Allegedly the unnamed couple merged their online gaming accounts when they merged houses, both playing characters under an account in the husband's name.

This is never a good idea, no matter how romantic it may sound.

The couple ran into one of the major problems affecting online gaming husbands and wives. When both are gaming, no one is cleaning the house. The next time you strike up a relationship with a man or woman in an online game and imagine sitting happily across from each other in real life, stealing coy glances over the top of your monitors, try to work in the stench of unwashed dishes, unclean bodies, and over-full cat boxes into the daydream. This will better prepare you for MMO marital bliss.

The Chinese couple did not take those factors into account, and now they are splitting up, and the husband is keeping the accounts and all the virtual goodies they've gathered together.

The end of any marriage is tragedy, but when your marriage ends and you wind up with nothing but the virtual clothing on your back it's simply devastating, sort of.

Memo to Gamer-Wives: You Can't Take it with You [Time - Thanks LeHwelett!]