For those others who only skimmed the headlines:
"the defendant was charged with kicking the victim's head and body and trying to strangle him"
"The lawsuit only dealt with the theft of the goods - a virtual amulet and a virtual mask in RuneScape"
This case is only news- (or rather, Slashdot-) worthy because of the latter crime, but two took place - assault and virtual theft.
Considering the investment of time many people put into virtual activities (including writing comments on