A virtual mugging - online gamers beware!

  GaT7 21:52 18 Aug 2005
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An extract:

"A man has been arrested in Japan on suspicion carrying out a virtual mugging spree by using software "bots" to beat up and rob characters in the online computer game Lineage II. The stolen virtual possessions were then exchanged for real cash.

The Chinese exchange student was arrested by police in Kagawa prefecture, southern Japan, the Mainichi Daily News reports.

Several players had their characters beaten and robbed of valuable virtual objects, which could have included the Earring of Wisdom or the Shield of Nightmare. The items were then fenced through a Japanese auction website, according to NCsoft, which makes Lineage II. The assailant was a character controlled by a software bot, rather than a human player, making it unbeatable."

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  Completealias 00:31 19 Aug 2005

I think some people really do take this online gaming far too far. I read an article the other week in which someone had been stabbed and killed over a online weapon in a game.

Also the other day I read that a young man had died of a heart attack after spending about 2days solid in an internet cafe playing one of these games.

Really it can't be worth that can it????

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