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June 08, 2005

Real Violence in Virtual Games

CBC News: Real-life murder in online gaming dispute

A court in China has sentenced an online gamer to death for the real-life murder of a fellow player after a confrontation over a virtual weapon. The dispute involved the ownership of a "dragon sabre" in the fantasy game Legend of Mir III. The court in Shanghai found Qiu Chengwei, 41, guilty of stabbing to death Zhu Caoyuan.

But Zhu's family wants Qiu to receive the full weight of the law, and plans to appeal the suspended sentence. "We want Qiu to die, and immediately," the victim's father said.

Posted by jason at June 8, 2005 12:43 PM


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