Online gamer punished with virtual crucifixion

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Online gamer punished with virtual crucifixion

Banning online players for in-game offenses is common, but a new multiplayer game has gone a step further. Roma Victor, a game set in Roman-controlled Britain, has virtually crucified a player for killing other players repeatedly. Cynewulf, a character played by a Flint Michigan resident, will hang in a public square for seven days. Other players have been stopping by to watch and even taunt Cynewulf.

Bans are common in other games, like World of Warcraft, and can be as short as a few hours to a lifetime ban for very serious transgressions. Bans usually happen with little fanfare and other players may not be aware that any other player has done anything wrong. World of Warcraft even has a clause in their terms of service that prohibits players from discussing disciplinary actions.

Roma Victor recreates old Britain where people play virtual slaves and citizens in the Roman empire. The game will officially launch in July 2006.