Loyola University media professor David Myers palmed his computer mouse and zeroed in on his prey.
A roleplayer in an online game, he aimed the pointer at his opponent, the virtual comic book villain "Syphris." Myers, 55, flicked the buttons on his mouse and magically transported his opponent to the front of a cartoon robot execution squad. In an instant, the squad pulverized the player.
Syphris fired an instant message at Myers moments later.
"If you kill me one more time I will come and kill you for real and I am not kidding."
The chilling text shook Myers two years ago. It served as a telling detail for his ongoing study of social customs in Internet gaming communities.
At the time of his clash with Syphris, Myers was just three months into an in-depth behavioral study of the "City of Heroes/Villains"" online community. Already, someone had threatened to unearth his rea
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