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Real treachery in a virtual world

One of my guilty pleasures is buying a computer games magazine once in a while. My interest in the games is fading, but I'm always interested in the business and how the games are evolving.

This month's issue of PC Gamer has a fascinating story about a massive and treacherous attack by one faction on another in a MMORPG game called EVE Online. Now, I play World of Warcraft, and it's MMORPG too. But it's more like a virtual playground than anything resembling reality. You can fight other players, but the most you can lose is a couple of minutes of your time. Which suits me fine -- I don't feel like playing a game where you have to watch your back all the time. But EVE Online seems to have been designed with an clear libertarian point of view. It's a space game where anything goes, and you're well advised to join a faction for your own protection.

This attack that I read about took 12 months to plan and involved placing moles in the targeted faction (called a corporation in the game) and gaining the leader's trust. Once everything was in place, a coordinated attack took out all the defences and seized the corporation's assets. Apparently, the real world market prices for the virtual goods stolen was over US$16,500.

As I said, it's a fascinating story, and you can read it all here.

EVE Online has a free 14-day trial available. I might have to try it out.

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