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Virtual crucifixion punishes bad behaviour online

Jennie Lees

Punishment in virtual worlds is always a tricky topic; warning or banning players is all very well, but doesn't always get the message across. Second Life's virtual corn field gives naughty players the gift of boredom, but MMO Roma Victor has gone one further.

A player convicted of ganking in this MMO, which aims for historical accuracy, will undergo the standard Roman punishment of crucifixion--he will be hung from a cross for a week in-game. The penalty also carries with it a ban. Hopefully this will dissuade other players from following suit--the public nature of the punishment serves to highlight the crime. If making an example of miscreants works well, perhaps other online games will try the idea.

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