We have seen virtual adultery lead to real divorces. The question is whether a virtual murder can generate an actual homicide charge. The answer appears to be no after a Chinese father, Mr. Feng, hired professional “assassins” to hunt down and kill his son in his online game. The son was unemployed and the father feared that he was spending too much time in his virtual world.
The son learned of the filicide conspiracy after reaching out to one of the assassins to learn why he was hunting him so unrelentlessly. The father and son have now reportedly reconciled . . . for now . . . stay tuned for the next episode of World of Warcraft: Beijing.