The tale of a newly wedded husband whose wife secretly sold his PS3 and games to watch his shocked reaction when she told him has given rise to a storm of outrage, with thousands uniting in disgusted condemnation of the deed.
The story concerns a man who was something of a gamer and happily enjoying Winning Eleven on his PS3, and his wife who was not apparently pleased with this state of affairs.
The couple had just wed, when in the party following the service the curious question came up in a quiz: “How much would his PS3 and games fetch if sold?” Guesses were invited, but that was all.
The man’s wife, who wasn’t comfortable with her husband’s gaming, decided to take things a step further however, and in the continuing festivities the day after the groom was reduced to stunned silence on seeing the actual sale price of his beloved console and games come up on the screen, to peals of laughter from the crowd. It all fetched just shy of $200.
It transpired his wife and her friends had secretly sold the console whilst he was otherwise engaged.
He can certainly buy another console and all his games (whether his wife is willing to contribute anything towards this is another matter), but it seems his precious save data is all lost for eternity.
Soon the question was posted on Yahoo! Answers (“Chiebukuro” in Japan): “My friend’s wife sold his PS3 and all his games, can he ever forgive this?” and huge interest followed, with hundreds of thousands of hits and thousands of responses.
A few opinions were of the opinion that “It’s just a console” and “You’ll laugh about this later”, but the vast majority were completely outraged:
“Just selling his stuff, that’s a crime isn’t it?”
“Of course he’d be furious…”
“That is despicable, if it were me I’d file for divorce.”
“I cried when I read the question.”
“What if this were a beloved pet – could you say ‘It’s just a pet after all’?”
“This lady is going to become one of those mothers who just toss out their children’s manga and collectibles.”
“My husband is the same, I feel a bit lonely at time. But selling his data too, it’s too much. Isn’t selling people’s things a crime anyway? I’d divorce and have nothing to do with the friends involved.”
“This is an outrage!”
“This is just criminal conduct, surely. I’d divorce immediately and report her!”
“This is horrible, but I don’t think someone who doesn’t game can really understand…”
“This is just the worst sort of thing you could do…”
“Just selling people’s things is not something I think easy to forgive.”
“This is grounds for divorce! Criminal!”
“Even practical jokes have limits. I couldn’t forgive this.”
“This just shows contempt for his interests.”
“Would you want to go on with someone like this? If not, then file for divorce immediately…”
Even non-gamers were incensed, pointing out that erasing people’s data and selling their things are indeed unforgivable.
The actual answer selected as “best” was a typically trite piece explaining how the man should prioritise his dear wife over any of his interests.
Given what we have seen of the attitudes displayed by many Japanese women, the nature of the demographic crisis facing Japan swims sharply into focus…