Re: Hard Time: Really as effective a punishment?
Besides the fact that real prison causes you to miss years of your life and has a huge physical toll, aren't most prisoners aware that it's not real?
There are probably built-in "safeguards" to make sure the prisoners don't realize it's not real. Subtle psychological cues to make them think it IS real, and/or forget (if they already knew) how the Argrathi do this.
"A hot dog at the ballpark is better than a steak at the Ritz." - Humphrey Bogart