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Posted: Nov 19th 2007 11:04AM (Unverified) said

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Great article, excellent explanation of the issue at hand. Considering the money being made off selling WoW Gold and the money made buying Linden Dollars, virtual theft is a legitimate economic concern. Or should be, anyway.

Not to mention the fact that I can buy a new DVD player for $50, but I'll never be able to force myself to level a warrior to 70 again.

Posted: Nov 19th 2007 3:18PM (Unverified) said

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Agreed with Ron. I mean it's really almost sad that people do this kind of thing. I mean honestly if you wanted a toon so bad... EBAY it! And then you can turn around and sell it for more.
This is definitely a big issue that I'm sure we'll hear a lot more about in the upcoming years as more and more MMO's are being played.

I for one change my password every 2-4 weeks. I mean I'm not a freak about getting hacked or anything but I just don't want to have to redo every thing all over again.

Posted: Jan 22nd 2008 1:05PM (Unverified) said

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I really wish most of this case revolved around something more substantive than the cloying fanboy cultishness that has become a trademark of Second Life.
While the real issue of electronic crime is a tangible one - what has been happening in SL is the furthest thing from it. It is, in fact, no better than a straw man situation that detracts attention from real electronic crime.
SL is a game service. Sorry...yes, you read me right...it's a game. Provided by Linden Lab, who retains full and complete rights and control over everything on their servers - which in essence means everything in the virtual world. This virtual world is unsecured, with no economic or privacy protections in place, and poses perhaps the most high-risk investment outside of real estate in suburbab Baghdad.
The economy, being unsecured and pegged around a make-believe "Linden Dollar" which has no standing as a legal currency, has already been rocked by bank fraud, ponzi schemes, and get-rich-quick scams by the score.
And it's managed to drag real world law into the picture...which, of course, will end well for everyone involved. Especially once the RIAA, MPAA and the rest get a whiff of what's happening with SL DJ's, people streaming video content, and the wholesale ripoff and marketing of real world products in SL.
SL is NOT the future of the internet. It's being abandoned by the companies that ventured there, simply because their is no payoff. It's a solipsistic, vanity-ridden chatroom that has managed to create an incredibly self-righteous class of whining users whose entire existence seems to revolve around patting themselves on the back about how revolutionary they are for adopting this new platform...and buying shoes.
I spent two long years in SL.
I should have spent them on the beach.

Posted: Jan 22nd 2008 9:07PM (Unverified) said

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Okay - bit of an odd place for a rant and off on a bit of a tangent. I believe we address pretty much all of those points one way or another in subsequent pieces (though admittedly, none of them in this one).

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