The Mummy Wore Combat Boots

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The Mummy Wore Combat Boots by Elise Abram

When called to investigate an uncatalogued sarcophagus found in storage at the Royal Ontario Museum, forensic anthropologist Palmer Richardson has his work cut out for him. When the mummy inside proves to be that of a teenaged boy, Palmer involves Detective Constable Michael Crestwood of the Metropolitan Toronto Police. Their investigation delves into the world of online gaming where losing health points in a skirmish could have serious implications for a player’s life in the real world.

Inspired by real-life headlines, THE MUMMY WORE COMBAT BOOTS highlights the growing divide between children who live their lives immersed in a digital culture and the adults tasked with raising them who live in the real world.

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The Mummy Wore Combat Boots in real-life

“Julien Barreaux, 20, told police he wanted to see his rival player “wiped out” after his character in the game Counter-Strike died in a virtual knife fight…”

“Watch out who you kill in the virtual world, it may inspire someone to attack you in the real one…”

“A middle-aged man charged round to the house of a schoolboy and throttled him after his online character was killed during a game of Call Of Duty, a court heard…”

Seems even online avatars are not safe. This one’s quite funny (and not a little bit ingenious)  when you think about it. The father figured that if his son’s avatars were killed then he’d give up game-playing and get a job!

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