Video game fan asks court to ban real sloth and greed from World of Warcraft

Antonio Hernandez plays World of Warcraft. It's the most popular online role-playing game in the world, with more than 10 million subscribers paying to create characters who go on quests, kill monsters and earn "virtual gold" in fantastical realms. The world - a direct descendant of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings - even has its own carefully calibrated economy. But an outside force threatens the game's integrity, Hernandez says. He has called on his fellow adventurers to join him as he takes a stand. The battle won't be fought with wands or swords.

It will be waged in the Fort Lauderdale federal courthouse. The former assistant manager at an Orlando-area video game store is suing a company he says sells "virtual gold" from the World of Warcraft for real money. He wants IGE U.S. banned from selling gold - a practice commonly called "gold farming" or "real money trading"- because it hurts the game's economy and ruins the entertainment experience, according to the lawsuit. Virtual gold, earned within the game, can be used for such things as buying and repairing equipment or learning new skills.

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yesah4246d ago

ahahaha, i think thats why half the people play. Or atleast thats what they say is why :P

m91058264245d ago

lol, if people want to spend their hard earned money to help someone in China put food on his kids table, I say good. The only people who will complain will be the ones who are either upset because they had to work for it, or the ones who can't afford it. Some people have a lot of time constraints in REAL life, and don't have the hours necessary to grind away in WoW to get any enjoyment out of it. If starting off with an awesome character with tons of gold is what they need to enjoy the game for the one hour of free time they get each night, and they have the means to pay someone else to do it, then good for them. If this "law" were passed, it would go against Capitalism and the Laissez-faire system as a whole.

ianp6224245d ago

I agree, although I can see how a player would see such a practice as cheating. Nevertheless, this does not belong in a courtroom, since it's not illegal, it just goes against the game agreement.

Sometimes I think MMO players are more concerned with being the best than with just enjoying themselves, and consequently they become too attached to their virtual characters.

Tyrael4245d ago

Lol i remember this for games like Diablo 2, selling items that were rare for 50 US dollars and such