Call 911, He Stole My Magic Sword

from the the-sheriff-of-WoW dept

At a gaming conference, Microsoft warned that multi-player online games have significant security vulnerabilities, and that the growing value of in game assets was a juicy target for criminals. As we've seen in the past, MMORPGs are facing more and more real world complications as people invest an increasing amount of money into them. This problem is only going to get worse; as one Microsoft researcher put it, "The police are really good at understanding someone stole my credit card and ran up a lot of money. It's a lot harder to get them to buy into 'someone stole my magic sword.'" But before discussing how law enforcement can address the situation, game developers and players should try to define the border between the game and the real world. For example, most people would accept that if your character is mugged inside a game, then that's part of the gameplay, not a legal issue. But what about counterfeiting gold pieces? What about running a script inside the game that transfers gold from one player to another? Before diverting law enforcement resources to rectify players' complaints, companies running online games need to strive to develop their own security measures that satisfy their players.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Aug 2006 @ 3:42pm

    EULA???

    EULAs are not contractually binding. They never have been, and it's been shown time and again not to hold up in court. In the US at least, for a contract to be valid, representatives from both parties must be verifyably present at the time of agreement. No Blizzard Employee over the age of 18 was sitting on the other side of the internet tube and clicking "I agree as well" when I installed my software.

    Sorry, but people can (and will!) sue when they think they've lost something of value. Even if YOU don't see it as valuable. Open your eyes to the world you live in, not just the narrow bit that applied directly to you.

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