Second Life miscreants punished by boredom: The Corn Field
Linden Lab have implemented a unique system, with a Twilight Zone twist, to punish misbehaving residents of their popular virtual world, Second Life. Dubbed "The Corn Field", this virtual prison contains nothing more than a (slooow) tractor, a black & white television playing a continuous feed of the campy 1940 educational film Boy in Court, and row after row of corn. The pictures were obtained by one such offender, Nimrod Yaffle, who predictably lamented, "There's nothing you can do there except ride a tractor and watch a boring movie, which was black and white anyways."
Considering his curiosity first propelled him to try and "crash the server The Corn Field was running on in order to be teleported to the nearest safe simulator by default," the punishment appears perfectly suited; the inquisitiveness of hackers/griefers makes the confines of The Corn Field a particularly inhospitable place, the virtual equivalent of an 8-year old sitting in the corner. The group that pulled of this stunt would surely resent their stay, although something tells me they were probably dealt with a little more severely.
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