Crucifixion in the game Roma Victor


Roma-Victor is apparently a historical-fiction game that puts players into Rome around 180AD. It is a MMORPG like World of Warcraft. These games have a social component which makes them more fun than old-school RPGs. However, social is good and social is bad and now, when people engage in anti-social behavior, Roma-Victor will crucify them.

ROMA VICTOR:: Home of the historically authentic Roman Empire MMORPG: Crucifixion is to be used as a form of player 'ban' within the virtual world of Roma Victor, with the length of the ban reflecting the severity of the punishment. For cheating by exploiting a bug and advancing his or her character's skills unfairly, for example, a player might typically receive a seven-day ban; multiple or more serious offences will result in a longer (or even permanent) ban.

The most famous crucifixation was that of Jesus Christ. He was killed through a complicated political process which started with him offending the religious leaders at the time by claiming to be the Son of God. This was then presented to the ruling Romans who didn't find anything criminal about such a claim, but through a strange cultural process he traded sentences with a murderer and was then crucified - reflecting the greater purpose which his crucifixion served, that of trading sentences with those who ask to.

I hope that the focus on crucifixion causes players to think about what social ill Jesus committed, because there wasn't one. In fact, among the many things his crucifixtion accomplished, was exposing worthless and corrupt spiritual leadership. It would be kind of cool if your character in the game could get politically manipulated into a crucifixtion for speaking the truth.

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