Crucifixion is Punishment for Cheating in Roma Victor

Modern crime deserves ancient punishment. Nailing someone to the cross as punishment for gang-killing (ganking) new players may be too harsh if handed out in real life, but let’s take comfort in the fact that the punishment will be carried out in Roma Victor. For those who are not aware and might take this crucifixion business too far, Roma Victor is a non-fantasy MMORPG based on the Roman Empire in 180AD. Developed by RedBedlam Ltd., Roma Victor is an online recreation of Britain during the Roman times.  Players live their lives as slaves and citizens of the powerful Roman Empire. They can join the game as a Roman, a Gaul, a Goth, a Pict, a Briton, or a Syrian, but climbing the social strata won’t be easy.

And if you think this is just all talk, then you might want to witness the brutal punishment handed out to Cynewulf, a 27-year old electrical engineer from Flint, Michigan, who was caught cheating. His crucifixion will be on full display for a full seven days. The punishment is a form of banning players who are caught taking advantage of a bug in the system to advance his or her character. The length of the ban reflects the severity of the punishment and multiple or more serious offense may result into a permanent ban, which I think is the highest form of punishment you can give to an MMORPG player.

The commercial test of Roma Victor began in May 2005 and the full historically authentic virtual world will be launched in July 2006.

Modern crime deserves ancient punishment. Nailing someone to the cross as punishment for gang-killing (ganking) new players may be too harsh if handed out in real life, but let’s take comfort in the fact that the punishment will be carried out in Roma Victor. For those who are not aware and might take this crucifixion business too far, Roma Victor is a non-fantasy MMORPG based on the Roman Empire in 180AD. Developed by RedBedlam Ltd., Roma Victor is an online recreation of Britain during the Roman times.  Players live their lives as slaves and citizens of the powerful Roman Empire. They can join the game as a Roman, a Gaul, a Goth, a Pict, a Briton, or a Syrian, but climbing the social strata won’t be easy.

And if you think this is just all talk, then you might want to witness the brutal punishment handed out to Cynewulf, a 27-year old electrical engineer from Flint, Michigan, who was caught cheating. His crucifixion will be on full display for a full seven days. The punishment is a form of banning players who are caught taking advantage of a bug in the system to advance his or her character. The length of the ban reflects the severity of the punishment and multiple or more serious offense may result into a permanent ban, which I think is the highest form of punishment you can give to an MMORPG player.

The commercial test of Roma Victor began in May 2005 and the full historically authentic virtual world will be launched in July 2006.

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