Behind the Online: Persistence is Futile
by Dave Bonnewell,MMORPG.COM
Weekly Column by Dave Bonnewell
Editors Note: This is a weekly column by Staff Writer Dave Bonnewell. The column is called Behind the Online and will look at different events from around the world of MMOs. The opinions expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of MMORPG.com, its staff or management.
Greetings fellow gamers and welcome to whats on my mind lately." title="Behind the Online: Persistence is Futile">Weekly Column by Dave Bonnewell
Editor's Note: This is a weekly column by Staff Writer Dave Bonnewell. The column is called "Behind the Online" and will look at different events from around the world of MMOs. The opinions expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of MMORPG.com, its staff or management.
Greetings fellow gamers and welcome to what's on my mind lately.
In life, a great many of us take for granted a great many things. Several immediately come to mind: The fresh, new fallen snow on a crisp winter's morn; living at the majestic precipice of the all-or-nothing digital age; the miraculous gift of aerial freedom gallantly granted by Red Bull; free internet porn. In the massively multiplayer online world of gaming goodness, however, there is one aspect which we take for granted far more than any other and that is the ability to return to our favorite alternate virtual lives whenever we so desire; hacking, slashing, questing, mining, crafting and generally pwning our online gaming days and sleepless nights away. This is something most gamers think of as a well paid for right, but which the MMORPG big wigs (namely City of Heroes/Villains, EverQuest II and World of Warcraft) have deemed a privilege easily and abruptly taken away without warning well, without a glaringly obvious warning at any rate.
Lately, Blizzard has been speaking rather softly, but carrying a big ban-stick. Numerous unsuspecting denizens of World of Warcraft have already found themselves no longer welcome anywhere in all of Azeroth, a very good friend of mine included. Let me just fill you in on the gory details of how it went down. My friend (we'll call him Terrance, the Tauren Hunter) had been looking after a fellow guild mate's (we'll call her Ursula, the Undead Warlock) account while she soaked up the Jamaican sun on Summer vacation. It was not long before Terrance discerned that some items under his care were unaccounted for. He took the next logical step and shipped the remainder of his guildmate's valuables to himself for safekeeping, while Ursula submitted a GM ticket. Upon further investigation, this led to Blizzard deducing that Ursula's account had been hacked by Terrance and, thus, his World of Warcraft account was unceremoniously bludgeoned to oblivion with the hard-hitting Blizzard banstick.
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