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August 18, 2005

I'm Too Nerdy For My MMORPG
Entertainment , Newsworthy

    "Several players had their characters beaten and robbed of valuable virtual objects, which could have included the Earring of Wisdom or the Shield of Nightmare"&mdashNew Scientist

    We all fear it. That 4:00 am phone call. "Mom, mom...calm down, I'm ok, listen..I was just coming out of Ye Old Shoppe and this bot jumped out of nowhere and...I'm ok, my armor stats are shot but Mom, he took the of Shield of Nightmare."

    A man in Japan, let's call him 'Japan Man', was arrested for allegedly 'beating up' and 'mugging' other player characters in the MMORPG (if you don't know, look it up) Lineage II. So cowardly is this cowardly coward that he couldn't even swing the sword himself, instead hiring out bots (ok, this one is A.I. controlled characters) to do his dirty work for him.

    Bruce Schneir (New Scientist bills him as "a renowned computer security expert") forecasts a grim future:

    Perhaps every method of stealing real money will eventually be used to steal imaginary money, too.

    He then goes on to foretell of people within online gaming universes charging $60 to buy the 'Mirror of Alternate Persona' and then charging $20 a month just to use it, despite bugs, patches, downtime and character balancing issues. No refund for unused mirrors is expected.

    Really my biggest issue with this is who the hell is still playing Lineage II? Game sucks dude.

    Full Article: New Scientist Breaking News - Computer characters mugged in virtual crime spree
    (Via New Scientist)

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    Kid Sunshine

    Posted by MostlyForMe at August 18, 2005 3:47 PM