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A Corn Field Prison In A Second Life
8:28 AM | Cord Kruse | 9 comments

Linden Lab has added an unusual form of punishment to their popular world building MMORPG Second Life, according to a report from Clickable Culture. Players who break the game's rules apparently face the prospect of having their avatars sent to a prison populated by a few rows of corn, a pair of television sets, and an old tractor. It is an alternative to the standard disciplinary method of banning access to the game completely.

"Sometimes when someone is suspended for a short time they are sent to the cornfield," Linden Lab's Senior VP of Community and Support wrote on the official Second Life discussion forums yesterday, adding that building the cornfield didn't require any significant development work and reassuring the community that "Once someone is permanently banned they are no longer welcome in Second Life, anywhere, including the cornfield."

As promised, Nimrod Yaffle was teleported into the middle of prison simulator, finding a tractor in front of him and the errie rows of corn. "I was laughing the whole entire time I was there," he told me. "But in a way, I was also worried that the children of the corn were going to get me...it would be great if the Linden's made scripted children there." Yaffle was disappointed at the "insanely slow" pace of the tractor, and bored by the only channel available on the televisions--a presentation of the 1940 film "Boy in Court," about a troubled teenager on probation trying to avoid a life of crime.
To read the entire article and view a few screenshots of the virtual prison click the link below.

Clickable Culture: Corn Field Prison
Linden Lab
Second Life


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