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[[Image:Star_control_i_earthling_cruiser_databank.png|thumb|225px|Starship Databank Entry]]
 
The [[Earthling]] '''Cruiser''' is a vessel of happenstance.  [[Human]]ity was brought into The [[Ur-Quan Slave War]] with almost no preparation.  It was only their long history of proliferation that allowed this vessel to be so effective in the (ultimately losing) battle against the [[Ur-Quan Kzer-Za|Ur-Quan]] [[Hierarchy]]. Unlike their decision regarding the [[Syreen]] [[Penetrator]]s, the Ur-Quan destroyed the entire Cruiser fleet as well as every database for constructing the Cruisers. The notable exceptions to this destruction were the derelict [[Tobermoon]] drifting in [[Vela]]'s Oort Cloud and copies of blueprint disks hidden by a former production assistant of the Detroit shipyards. It was these blueprint disks that allowed the recently formed [[New Alliance]] to manufacture Cruisers prior to the liberation of [[Earth]].
 
  
==Navigation==
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Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.
The Cruiser is a little below average in speed but has a respectable turn rate. This complements its weaponry well when facing off against opponents preferring a medium-encounter range, notably by either closing that range or expanding it rather quickly.
 
  
==Armament==
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Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.
  
===Primary===
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Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.
The Cruiser's primary weapon earned them quick respect in the [[Alliance of Free Stars|Alliance]].  It's not terribly advanced, but with the number that were stored in [[Earth]]'s [[Peace Vaults]] during (and before and after) Humanity's wars against itself they were a pleasant surprise to their allies and a devastating blow to their enemies. The "Fire-and-forget" Nuclear Missile is a simple concept. Put the biggest explosive that a post-industrial nuclear society has on the end of vaguely competent tracking and navigation system; repeat several million times. This weapon has long range and can correct for significant variation in original trajectory and later enemy movement. Unless the weapon can be shot down (no mean task) or cunningly evaded, the power of the atom will be unleashed on the enemy crew.
 
  
===Secondary===
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Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.
The Cruiser's alternate weapon is a very short range point-defense laser system, based on mid-1980s "Star Wars" missile defense technology. It fires lasers at enemy ships, projectiles, asteroids, or anything else that is close to the Earthling ship. This system is proof against daughter ships like the Ur-Quan [[Dreadnought]] Fighter and [[Orz]] [[Nemesis]] Space Marine, as well as some weaker projectiles.
 
  
==Tactical Overview==
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Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.
The Cruiser is highly effective when used as a stand-off ship; it is capable of delivering punishing blows from great distances, and the auto-tracking aspect of its weapons makes aiming of secondary importance. The Cruiser can even defeat an Ur-Quan Dreadnought without taking a hit, as long as it can keep its distance. Its slow speed makes this easier said than done, however.
 
  
Unfortunately, the turning radius of the missiles can sometimes miss faster ships such as the [[Slylandro]] [[Probe]], and rarely can even go off course in such a way that it can even hit the Cruiser that fired the missile by accident. Very high-speed ships like the [[Pkunk]] [[Fury]] can deliberately take advantage of this, but not so easily as against a [[Mycon]] [[Podship]]
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NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.
  
Against the [[Druuge]] [[Mauler]], the Cruiser can exploit the Mauler's slow speed and turning rate, making it difficult for the Mauler to dodge the auto-tracking missiles. The same tactic also works when up against a [[VUX]] [[Intruder]].
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While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.
  
==Known Ships==
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At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.
*[[Miwok]]
 
*SpaceDuster
 
*[[Tobermoon]]
 
*Zybernaut
 
  
[[Category:Ships]]
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In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.
[[Category:Human]]
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Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.
 +
 
 +
Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.namorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.
 +
 
 +
Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.
 +
 
 +
NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.
 +
 
 +
While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.
 +
 
 +
At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.
 +
 
 +
In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.
 +
 
 +
Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.
 +
 
 +
Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.
 +
 
 +
Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.
 +
 
 +
NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.
 +
 
 +
While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.
 +
 
 +
At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.
 +
 
 +
In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.
 +
 
 +
Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.
 +
 
 +
Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.
 +
 
 +
Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.
 +
 
 +
NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.
 +
 
 +
While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.
 +
 
 +
At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.
 +
 
 +
In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.
 +
 
 +
Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sPonamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.
 +
 
 +
Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.
 +
 
 +
NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.
 +
 
 +
While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.
 +
 
 +
At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.
 +
 
 +
In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.
 +
 
 +
Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.
 +
 
 +
Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.
 +
 
 +
Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.
 +
 
 +
NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.
 +
 
 +
While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.
 +
 
 +
At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.
 +
 
 +
In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.
 +
 
 +
Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.
 +
 
 +
Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.
 +
 
 +
Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.
 +
 
 +
NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.
 +
 
 +
While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.
 +
 
 +
At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.
 +
 
 +
In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.
 +
 
 +
Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.
 +
 
 +
Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.
 +
 
 +
Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.
 +
 
 +
NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.
 +
 
 +
While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.
 +
 
 +
At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.
 +
 
 +
In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.
 +
 
 +
Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.
 +
 
 +
Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.
 +
 
 +
NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.
 +
 
 +
While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.
 +
 
 +
At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.
 +
 
 +
In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.
 +
 
 +
Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.
 +
 
 +
Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.
 +
 
 +
Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.
 +
 
 +
NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.
 +
 
 +
While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.
 +
 
 +
At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.
 +
 
 +
In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.
 +
 
 +
Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.
 +
 
 +
Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.
 +
 
 +
Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.
 +
 
 +
NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.
 +
 
 +
While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.
 +
 
 +
At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.
 +
 
 +
In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.
 +
 
 +
Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.
 +
 
 +
Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.
 +
 
 +
Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.
 +
 
 +
Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.
 +
 
 +
Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.
 +
 
 +
NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.
 +
 
 +
While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.
 +
 
 +
At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.
 +
 
 +
In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.
 +
 
 +
Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.
 +
 
 +
Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.
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Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.
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Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.
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Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.
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Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.
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Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.
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NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.
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While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.
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At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.
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In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.
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Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.
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Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.
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Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.old their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.
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Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.

Revision as of 22:38, 25 July 2007

_PoPonamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.

Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.

Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.

Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.

Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.

Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.

NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.

While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.

At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.

In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.

Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.

Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.namorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.

Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.

Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.

Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.

Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.

Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.

NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.

While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.

At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.

In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.

Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.

Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.

Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.

Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.

Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.

Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.

Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.

NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.

While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.

At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.

In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.

Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.

Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.

Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.

Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.

Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.

Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.

Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.

NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.

While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.

At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.

In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.

Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sPonamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.

Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.

Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.

Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.

Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.

Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.

NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.

While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.

At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.

In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.

Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.

Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.

Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.

Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.

Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.

Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.

Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.

NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.

While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.

At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.

In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.

Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.

Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.

Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.

Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.

Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.

Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.

Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.

NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.

While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.

At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.

In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.

Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.

Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.

Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.

Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.

Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.

Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.

Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.

NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.

While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.

At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.

In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.

Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.

Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.

Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.

Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.

Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.

Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.

NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.

While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.

At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.

In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.

Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.

Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.

Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.

Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.

Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.

Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.

Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.

NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.

While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.

At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.

In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.

Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.

Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.

Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.

Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.

Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.

Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.

Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.

NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.

While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.

At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.

In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.

Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.

Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.

Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.

Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.

Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.

Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.

Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.

NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.

While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.

At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.

In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.

Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.

Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.Ponamorenko and Kirill took things outside, and after the two came to blows, Blyoskin, a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a friend of Kirill's, tried to calm Ponamorenko down, Tatarinova said.

Accounts differ as to what happened next. Some witnesses say Ponamorenko punched Blyoskin, who played Lineage II under the nickname "Sverkh," and that the student fell and hit his head on the asphalt, Rossia television reported.

Tatarinova, however, said Ponamorenko stomped on Blyoskin's head while he lay on the ground.

Ponamorenko was detained by police at the scene, she said. Blyoskin was subsequently hospitalized and died four days later as a result of his injuries, Tatarinova said. Blyoskin was buried at Moscow's Domodedovskoye cemetery Jan. 19, the student news portal Studencheskaya Pravda reported.

Ponamorenko was formally charged with deadly aggravated assault Jan. 23, Tatarinova said.

Lineage II is an extremely popular game worldwide in the genre known as MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online role-playing game, in which players interact with one another in virtual worlds.

NCsoft, the South Korean company that produces the game, said in November that the game had 14 million subscribers worldwide.

While there have been few widely known incidents of violence by Russian gamers connected, if only tangentially, to their online passion, they are not unheard of.

At the 2003 World Cyber Games in South Korea, the Russian Counter-Strike team scrapped with the French team at the hotel where they were both staying, Profil reported this week.

In one of the more bizarre crime stories related to online gaming, a Chinese gamer was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 after stabbing to death a rival "Legend of Mir 3" player.

Chinese media reported that the attacker, Qiu Chengwei, stabbed Zhu Caoyun in the chest several times because Zhu had sold their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.

Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.

Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.old their "dragon saber," a virtual weapon the two had shared, to a third player for $870.

Before killing Zhu, Caoyun tried to file a theft report, but police told him the dragon saber was not actual property and therefore could not be stolen.