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Loyola prof becomes hated outcast while studying online gaming community

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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Added: Jul-6-2009 Occurred On: Jul-6-2009
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  • Its great to know that next time i'm playing, the dude who is being a dick is actually a smart ass professor doing a research paper....

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  • as a gamer, i do take some exception to the dark side aspects of the story. I don't play City of Heroes, but I do agree with twixt, its a battle or Playver Vs Player (PvP) server, then i would expect there to be heroes fighting villians. so i completely dont understand.

    i have a completely different experience, in dealing with griefer types, whose only purpose in life is to join your game and do everything they can to ruin it for everyone else.

    the root of the deal is this: its a universa More..

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    • Well said trakker. Been playing since pong. Only recentl on line. Was a big step for an older guy but I really enjoyed it...'cept for some of the kids :) Again well said.

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