Utah gamer wife attempts to sell MW3-obsessed husband on Craigslist

Spousal neglect is an unspoken side effect of videogaming, and with the recent spate of AAA games, it's a problem that appears to be getting worse as the holiday release season heats up. Determined not to become another statistic, one gamer wife in Logan, Utah, took matters into her own hands and sent a clear message to her Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 addicted hubby by putting him up for auction on Craigslist.

“I am selling my 22 year old husband. He enjoys eating and playing video games all day,” read the now defunct post, obtained by ABC News. “Easy to maintain, just feed and water every 3-5 hours. You must have Internet and space for gaming. Got tired of waiting so free to good home. If acceptable replacement is offered will trade.”

The ad was submitted by 21-year-old Alyse Baddley after issuing repeated warnings to her husband Kyle's mother-in-law that she would sell his son if he continued to devote more time to the virtual battlefield than her. Motivated by her mother-in-law to go through with the threat, Alyse posted the human trafficking offer to Craiglist and awaited a reaction.

Much to her surprise, Alyse received a number of responses to her ad, many of which from people who understood its tongue-in-cheek nature, and only a few who took it as a serious cry for help. The popularity of the post has since prompted Kyle to ween himself off of MW3 for enough time to join Alyse on a Thanksgiving trip to Florida. Mission accomplished!

“The ad was all just a joke, and I love my husband and he loves me,” Alyse said. “I didn’t ever think anyone would reply to this, but it’s gotten so much attention, which is kind of cool.”

Let this be a lesson, men: if you're planning to play for extended periods of time, make sure your internet is password protected.


  • talleyXIV - November 23, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    Not a very good joke. Someone had their baby sold on Craigslist. Craigslist is a weird place.
  • chiuaha5734 - November 22, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    Bunch of Mormons haha. Wow why would anybody sell there husband? stupid
  • HeavyTank - November 22, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    I don't get it...judging by the picture he's actually a soldier, and judging by the medals he's also been in a real gunfight...why would he ever want to play Call of Duty?I, for one, would never touch an FPS if I were to become a soldier. And who the hell would ignore their gf/wife just to play games?Alright, playing for a few hours is fine, but this is just...
  • The_Ouroboros - November 22, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    I completed a 16 month combat deployment in Iraq where I was in the field for 6 days with 1 day off. That one day off? We'd marathon CoD and Guitar Hero. For CoD we'd have system links throughout our barracks. It's an absolute hit.
  • HeavyTank - November 23, 2011 1:33 a.m.

    You do realize how stupid it sounds though, right? It's like being a football player and after you're done with your match playing FIFA. Or being a psycopath and after murdering prostitutes firing up GTA. You get the point.
  • mockraven - November 23, 2011 4:32 a.m.

    As "stupid" as it sounds, it's rather common. I have a few friends in active service who loved games like CoD before they joined and still play them now. I have older relatives, as well, who were in the armed forces and even if they don't game much they enjoy war movies and series like Band of Brothers. That said, I also have a friend who works at a mine and he *loves* minecraft.
  • HeavyTank - November 24, 2011 2:05 p.m.

    Well, maybe it is common, but it still makes little sense to me. And your older relatives watching war movies is probably more related to nostalgia than actual enjoyment, but that's just a guess. About minecraft...well, although I know it's a half-serious statement, I still feel the need to say that it's not an actual mining game :P (not that there are any mining games around...) I mean hey, my mom goes to work, cooks and cleans, but she still likes to do these things in The Sims 3. @grim08 So I presume he just got his medals by standing in a training camp, yes?
  • Gex4212 - November 28, 2011 12:02 p.m.

    @HeavyTank.... you would be suprised how many soldiers who are deployed/overseas play COD and BF3. I know a lot of soldiers who spend most of their off duty hours playing those games
  • mray7 - November 22, 2011 11:43 a.m.

    I consider myself to play a lot of video games.....average about 2-3 hours a night.....but when I see my friends and others online who have already prestiged twice it blows my mind. I can't even fathom how much some people play....I think if I had the time to play that much I'd eventually hate it. BTW I only play after my wife goes to bed or if I have some spare time in the early evening which isnt often
  • db1331 - November 22, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    That's exactly the right way to do it. I'll come home, we'll have dinner together and watch a movie or maybe a couple shows we DVR'd. Then I go upstairs to slay dragons while she stays downstairs and watches her Real Desperate Housewives Dance Factor, or whatever it is she does. Just remember the two golden rules and you will be fine. Never, under any circumstances, turn down sex with your wife/gf for a video game. And when they inevitably come to talk to you about something while you are playing, pause the game, take off your headset, and look them in the eye. Don't just stare at the screen and nod your head, and don't let on that they are annoying the crap out of you.
  • The_Ouroboros - November 22, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    Your advice, it is sagely.
  • Darkwun - November 22, 2011 1:44 p.m.

    unless you have a gamer girlfriend! Win/win!
  • Canvas_Of_Flesh - November 22, 2011 1:39 p.m.

    It took me some time to learn that rule, db1331. I don't know how many times I've agreed to do things I absolutely hate just because my wife asked me about them while I was playing a game.
  • JHBorden - November 22, 2011 11:38 a.m.

    Hey it is Utah he could just go out and find 5 more wives. ;)
  • JHBorden - November 22, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    The guy survived a tour of military service give the man a break.
  • Taboo5289 - November 22, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    If you devote more time to a video game then your significant other then you do not really deserve to have a significant other at all, as a very hardcore gamer with a girlfriend I always have my priorities in check. Time with her is far more special then any video game.
  • Longnuts - November 22, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    This reeks of my marriage. If the wife would put down the phone some time and/or not go to sleep, I might turn the 360 off more often.
  • Canvas_Of_Flesh - November 22, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    Thankfully my wife doesn't bother me too much when I'm playing games. Although, I know when it's time to play and time to spend time with her, so I try to keep my game time under 1-2 hours a day. Any married man knows that there is absolutely nothing worse than an unhappy wife.
  • mockraven - November 22, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    I have a gamer husband and instead of feeling left out, I just play the games with him. I guess fact that we share an interest in games makes it a lot easier.
  • AlaskaGrown - November 22, 2011 10:39 a.m.

    Sounds to me like she needs to give up that pooss a little more often.

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