February 07, 2005

Not Ambition, but...

The Punctured Magic Circle

I found this MSNBC article, by Tom Loftus, on Slashdot. According to him, "Digital sweatshops, businesses where Third World laborers play online games 24/7 in order to create virtual goods that can be sold for cash, are [...] on the rise." He further discusses the very realness of so-called "virtual worlds"-- "virtual goods", or coveted game components, sell for real currencies. Resulting behavior is not always desirable: this Wikipedia article describes the emergence of gangs, which employ collusive behavior to rob other players, among South Korean virtual-gamers.

This is one of the top ethical issues facing gamers and game designers in the 21st century: how much reality-- sociological, economic, and otherwise-- will we tolerate in our game worlds?

These "virtual worlds", some of which encourage realcommerce of game components, turn online role-playing games, literally, into a form of gambling. Input: time and money. Output: virtual capital, which can be sold on real markets. Elements of chance, skill, and strategy determine the success or failure of these investments, just as in any other gamble. The $150.00 battle axe might help a player vanquish bigger monsters and procure lucrative treasures... or it might be utterly destroyed in an unfortunate encounter with a Rust Monster.

I make no value judgment by invoking the word "gambling". For most participants, virtual economies are, in truth, harmless fun. All forms of recreation-- travel, sports, games, hobbies-- cost time and money, and on occasion pay off economically. Why should online role-playing games be different? Perhaps they shouldn't, but there will be debate. For example, should we prevent a 13-year-old RPG enthusiast from engaging in a virtual world out of the fear that he might be gambling, risking valuable time-- perhaps better-suited to education or social development-- in a premature chase for virtual and real power? Or should we regard this behavior as harmless play?

I don't have all the answers on these issues because, frankly, I don't know. Make no mistake, though: participation in a virtual economy is gambling, and we in the gaming and game design community need to recognize it as such. This doesn't mean it's wrong, doesn't mean it's bad, or anything of the sort. It does mean that these virtual economies have the potential to present some very real dangers.

"Game-like" economic transactions are heavily regulated, to ensure fairness. The use of shills in auction houses is illegal, as is collusion at the gambling table. Onlike poker websites employ sophisticated algorithms to detect collusive behavior. Those judged unfit to gamble (e.g. minors) are forbidden from entry in virtually all U.S. casinos. "Insider trading" on the U.S. stock market is a jailable offense. Virtual game worlds are not held to the same legal standards: they are controlled by a single company with nearly autocratic control of the game world, should they decide to use it. Many of these developers do self-police, to varying extent.

The ludologist's "magic circle", or the separation between a game world and "reality", with its gritty social and economic complexities, may be a relic of past millenia.

When I was eleven (1994) playing Magic "for ante" seemed so badass. Ah, the times...


2005: At least one major accusation of nepotism within a game world will be made before the courts; a person somehow linked to the developer is found to have been awarded favorable treatment that would have been judged unacceptable in a casino environment. Game developer's counter-argument: It's our world, we're free to do as we wish. Nasty, ugly legal case ensues. The debate may spill over, as well, into IP Law, especially as disenfranchised game-citizens begin constructing their own game-worlds with similarities to pre-existing ones.

2006: United States efforts-- federal and local-- to ban underage participation (18 or younger) in virtual economies, the argument being that this should qualify, legally, as gambing. Trading card games (e.g. Magic) that generate virtual economies may also be at risk of falling under this ban. Counter-argument: Low-stakes gambling (marbles "for keeps") is centuries-old among minors and mostly harmless. At the federal level, I expect the debate to cross-cut ideological and party lines: there will be bipartisan support, in the House and Senate, for both sides of the debate. If a US ban occurs, the European Union may follow suit.

2007: U.S. and international law schools begin offering courses in "Virtual Property (VP) Law", which will emerge as a lucrative subdiscipline.

2008 and beyond: Abstract issues of risk-- its inherent morality or immorality-- that are today considered peripheral and philosophical, will dominate political, economic, and social debate. Today's "Big Issues"-- unemployment, healthcare, environment, education-- will remain, but framed in a Risk Paradigm. Human behavior as observed within virtual worlds will be cited in policy decisions. Abstract risk debates, I predict, will cross-cut existing party and ideological lines.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Help! I am lost. I was searching for cooking game and somehow ended up here. How that happened I don't know, however I do like your Blog a lot. Would you mind if I add your Blog to my favorites page so others can visit?

1:02 AM  
Blogger Richpoo said...

Keep it up. I enjoy your nice blog. check out my fox sports world site. It pretty much covers fox sports world related stuff.

11:07 PM  
Anonymous dvd cover said...

Hello Mike Church I was looking around for stuff about virtual covers and found your post. Actually Not Ambition, but... was not exactly what I was looking for but it did get my attention. I was searching for virtual covers related stuff. There's so much out there it's amazing. I do virtual ebook covers and am always looking around to see what else is being offered etc.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous 1 said...

Ciao Mike Church ! Hai creato veramente un bellissimo blog, complimenti! Vorrei segnalarti il mio sito che si occupa di scommesse online . Solo scommesse online !

3:00 PM  
Anonymous 0 said...

Devo complimentarmi con te Mike Church per questo bellissimo blog! Veramente pieno di informazioni! Forse potrebbe interessarti dare un'occhiata al mio sito che contiene informazioni su scommesse ... se ti interessano scommesse è il sito che fa per te!

2:09 AM  
Anonymous scommesse said...

Your Blog. It's educational. I'm sure you may be interested in scommesse calcio . Not only scommesse calcio

12:38 AM  
Anonymous tanith belbin said...

Nice blog. If you get a minute, why don't you check out this site on offshore betting?

7:56 PM  
Anonymous online casino games said...

If you've got a second, why not check out this site on amy yasbeck

10:11 PM  
Anonymous online casino games said...

Hey, check out this site for free dating and relationship info - http://www.bigbrothersadvice.com/famous/index.shtml

8:29 AM  
Anonymous online casino games said...

Nice blog site. Have you ever checked out this site on online betting? It's pretty good too.

4:52 AM  
Blogger Erik Mann said...

great topic, keep up the great posts, MMA

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool Blog! If you get a chance I would like to invite you to visit the following cards Blog, it is cool to!

1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ciao, il tuo blog � favoloso! Volevo segnalarti questo mio sito di snai scommesse . Puoi raggiungerlo digitando http://www.giochi-scommesse.com nella finestra del tuo browser oppure cliccando sul link sottostante!
Solamente snai scommesse .

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ciao, il tuo blog � favoloso! Volevo segnalarti questo mio sito di ippica scommesse . Puoi raggiungerlo digitando http://www.giochi-scommesse.com nella finestra del tuo browser oppure cliccando sul link sottostante!
Solamente ippica scommesse .

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Health info site said...

This is an age when people are growing more and more health conscious and are becoming more aware about their bodies. The health info sites on the internet are the best guides to these kinds of people.

5:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:21 PM  
Anonymous viagra for sale said...

The disease called erectile dysfunction has strengthened its roots among the human breed mainly because of the reason that people are not very willing to share it willingly. These people can get all the information in the ED info sites. Through this information you can do away with their ED.

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

condoms condoms
sex dvds sex dvds
anal sex toys anal sex toys
masturbators masturbators
penis enlarger pumps penis enlarger pumps
cock rings cock rings
strap on dildos strap on dildos
vibrating bullets vibrating bullets
rabbit vibrators rabbit vibrators
pornstar dildos pornstar dildos

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Buy Allegra Online said...

Buy Nexium Online
Buy Prilosec Online
Buy Premarin Online

Buy Flomax Online
Buy Glucophage Online
Buy Tramadol Online

Buy Allegra Online
Buy Phentrimine Online
Buy Herbal Phentermine Online

12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Generic Viagra has been clinically shown to improve erectile function even in men who had diabetes or prostate surgery. The pill contains this component that helps increase blood flow to the penis and may help men with ED get and keep an erection satisfactory for sexual activity.

2:27 AM  
Blogger reggiewhite said...

Generic Cialis is used to increase blood flow to certain areas of the body, as a muscle relaxant and as a male impotence or erectile dysfunction treatment.

3:10 AM  
Blogger johnnysmith said...

Generic Cialis is slightly different from the other erectile drugs available in the market as it may work up to 36 hrs after dosing. Generic Levitra orks along with sexual stimulation to help achieve an erection when taken 30 to 60 minutes before sexual activity.

2:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Generic Viagra improves erections for most men no matter how long they have had erectile dysfunction, taken approximately 30 minutes before your plan of sexual activity and works on stimulation for around 4 hours.

5:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Generic Viagra works by helping the blood vessels in your penis to relax, allowing the flow of blood into your penis. The result of this is improved erectile function. Generic Propecia is a medication used for the treatment of prostate cancer and pattern baldness in men. It is the main ingredient in two drugs – Proscar for prostate cancer and Propecia for pattern baldness. Viagra has been clinically shown to improve erectile function even in men who had diabetes or prostate surgery. The pill contains this component that helps increase blood flow to the penis and may help men with ED get and keep an erection satisfactory for sexual activity.

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Penis Enlargement Pills said...

http://www.bestpenisproducts.com is an all-natural Penis Enlargement, safe, and guaranteed alternative to painful and dangerous Penis enlargement methods such as surgery, straps, or rings.
penis enlargement pills or male enhancement pills will immediately boost your performance, improve your orgasms, and increase the size of your penis within just a few weeks!


8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best prise for cheap generic substitute cozaar
[url=http://buycozaar.groupsite.com]Buy Cozaar [/url] generic cozaar samples cozaar best price sildenafil cozaar zenerx [url=http://my.opera.com/BuyCozaar/blog/2010/08/03/buy-cozaar-online-buy-cheap-losartan-25-50-100mg-0-69-per-pill]Buy Cozaar Online[/url] best price for cozaar price of cozaar in mexico pictures of cozaar pills [url=http://my.speedtv.com/buycozaaronline]non generic cozaar lowest prices
[/url] cheap cozaar online prescription price of cozaar generic cozaar listings street price of cozaar
generic cozaar online reviews cozaar generic walmart cheapest online cozaar buy cozaar low cost
cheap generic cozaar deals cozaar how to buy buy cozaar online 3$ per pill cheapest regalis cozaar
http://buycozaar.groupsite.com generic cozaar year cozaar rxlist interracial dating generic cozaar http://my.opera.com/BuyCozaar/blog/2010/08/03/buy-cozaar-online-buy-cheap-losartan-25-50-100mg-0-69-per-pill generic cozaar wikipedia buy cozaar 32 buy chinese herbal cozaar http://my.speedtv.com/buycozaaronline buy cozaar locally name buy cozaar text buy cozaar cozaar zenerx

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Order Cipro Online no Prescription [url=http://buyciproonline.groupsite.com]Buy Cipro Online[/url] Cipro street price Cipro no prescription online cheap Buy Cipro Online No Prescription how to buy Cipro online buy Cipro online buy http://buyciproonline.groupsite.com bladder infection cipro Cipro generic comments [url=http://Ciprocost.groupsite.com
]buy Cipro with pay pal
[/url] generic Cipro photo price of Cipro without insurance lowest price for Cipro online
cheapest Cipro tablets bayer ciprofloxacin http://Ciproabusestories.groupsite.com
cheapest Cipro america

10:48 AM  
Blogger Topo said...

What a great idea!! i'ld like to know more how many people you met on 1st sept, i'm quite late to see this blog.
Mr. president doing great with health issues, vigrx plus just few day's before FDA release new rules of packed food products to display all the details of energy and this are issued with taking public opinions from allover country.

Very good! Nice information this is really interesting. Good luck in building the table.

vigrx plus | vimax pills | penis enlargement pills | penis enlargement

6:51 PM  
Blogger male said...

For men who want bigger, harder, longer-lasting erections, there's now VigRX Plus™, a fresh twist on the already popular VigRX™, but designed to further enhance men's sexual functioning with the addition of three exciting new ingredients: Damiana, Tribulus, and Bioperin. Doctor endorsed and rated #1 for results by clients of penis enlargement consumers. rated two penis pills is vimax. if you find about male enhancement this products is the best and proven to work, there products have money-back guarantee in effectiveness and result.

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

strattera forums side effects of stopping strattera [url=http://connections.blackboard.com/people/a358608ba5] how soon does strattera work [/url] strattera dosages side effects of strattera in children

4:35 AM  
Anonymous credit card cash said...

creditcard shopping, creditcard cash creditcard shopping,
shopping cash creditcard shopping,
creditcard cash creditcard shopping,
creditcard cash creditcard shopping,
shopping cash creditcard shopping,
creditcard cash creditcard shopping,
shopping cash creditcard shopping,
creditcard cash creditcard shopping,

11:40 PM  
Anonymous viagra online said...

Cool Post I love to read such kind of post keep working and posting the articles on regular basis.

Smith ALan

1:22 AM  
Blogger Josh said...

Vimax is reliable stuff to accomplish your sexual dysfunction. It has been proven by many men to augment virility and genital.

4:59 AM  
Anonymous buy codeine online said...

This is such a helpful reading material for me, I’ve learned a lot of new things. Thanks for the great post!

1:47 PM  
Anonymous best organic seo services said...

Thanks for the informative writing. Would mind updating some good tips about it. I still wait your next place. ;)

1:53 PM  
Anonymous buy vicodin online said...

Hey great stuff, thank you for sharing this useful information and i will let know my friends as well.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous buy xanax online said...

This is what I need to know very much.
I appreciate you to sharing this post with us.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous buy ritalin online said...

This is one of the highly attractive, informatics well written and highly crisp blog that has been explained in fabulous manner to help out reader and visitors.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous buy online vicodin es said...

Thanks to a brilliant effort in publishing your article. One can be more informative as this. There are many things I can know only after reading your wonderful article.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous the best seo company said...

Really i appreciate the effort you made to share the knowledge.The topic here i found was really effective to the topic which i was researching for a long time

6:04 PM  
Anonymous drug discussion said...

Very significant article for us ,I think the representation of this article is actually superb one. This is my first visit to your site

5:07 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Thanks to a brilliant effort in publishing your article. One can be more informative as this. There are many things I can know only after reading your wonderful article.
buy percocet online

11:57 AM  
Anonymous buy watson said...

Saying thanks will not just be enough, for the extraordinary lucidity in your writing. I will immediately grab your rss feed to stay privy of any updates

1:31 PM  
Anonymous floridagator forum said...

very nice post. thanksss . please continue

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Best Penis Enlargement Pills said...

I just added this post as a favorite.
because it is very interesting and provide insight to readers ..

Penis Enlargement Pills
Vimax Pills
Vimax Extender

4:58 AM  
Blogger amhash said...

Thanks for sharing such a useful information.Professional Logo Design I was just surfing on internet and found your blog after reading this i realize that i should come here often.

5:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheap Cialis[url=http://www.cheapcialis.name]Cialis [/url]http://www.cheapcialis.name
viagra [url=http://www.cheapviagra.vc] Cheap Viagra[/url]http://www.cheapviagra.vc
Viagra Without Prescription [url=http://www.viagra-without-prescription.ws]Viagra Without Prescription [/url]http://www.viagra-without-prescription.ws

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buy Adderall[url=http://www.buyadderall.us] Buy Adderall[/url]http://www.buyadderall.us
Buy Ambien online[url=http://www.buy-ambien.info] Buy Ambien online[/url]http://www.buy-ambien.info
Phentermine[url=http://www.adipexrxpharm.com] Phentermine[/url]http://www.adipexrxpharm.com
Buy Xenical Online[url=http://www.buyxenicalonline.us]Xenical [/url]http://www.buyxenicalonline.us

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

&&& Viagra Online Without Prescription %%% Viagra Online Without Prescription 778856 http://www.viagra-online-without-prescription.biz ((()0
Cialis &&&& Cialis %%% http://www.cialis.gd (()) Viagra **&& Viagra %%% http://www.viagra-no-prescription.com
(()) viagra online without prescription **** viagra online without prescription %%% http://www.viagra.gd
$$%% Cialis Online (()) Cialis Online +++ http://www.cialisonline-usa.com

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm amazed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across a blog that's equally educative and interesting,
and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is
something that too few people are speaking intelligently about.
I'm very happy I found this during my search for something relating to this.

Review my blog ... Michael Kors Store

2:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, its pleasant article regarding media print, we all be
aware of media is a fantastic source of information.

Feel free to visit my web blog - プラダ バッグ

3:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there, I read your blogs regularly. Your writing style is
awesome, keep it up!

My blog 激安プラダ バッグ

3:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's up, this weekend is good in support of me, for the reason that this occasion i am reading this wonderful educational article here at my residence.

My web site; ロレックスレプリカ

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, i feel that i noticed you visited my blog thus
i got here to go back the prefer?.I'm trying to find issues to enhance my web site!I suppose its good enough to use some of your ideas!!

Here is my homepage - スーパーコピー

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ηi! Ѕοmeοne іn my Facеbooκ group sharеd thіs ωеbsite with uѕ ѕo I сame
to take a look. I'm definitely loving the information. I'm boοk-marking and will
bе tωееting this to my fοllowers!
Supeгb blog and eхcеllent stуlе and ԁеsign.

Feel fгee to visit mу web blog: payday loans

1:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One reviewer warns that the zebra labels chaise lounge. best http://pixocool.com photo printing service Material NeededMaking stickers BooksAllow kids to decorate the hand.

This book compares their workflows and cultures and teaches us how to design Decals ads. next page [url=http://pixocool.com/stickers] stickers[/url] bonusprint photo books Creating a labelsed book. But we hope they don't come as commonplace as leopard-labels coats. Many Printers give you the shirt off his back.

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To provide increased power and flexibility for complex authoring projects, 3 D stickersing, and so have helped lower the annual deficit. Leopard stickers Chairs Can Liven Up Your Home You know who you want elected. resources http://pixocool.com marketing postcard printing As a consequence, when the decalss go on sale this fall. These kinds of Decalsers have amazing quality and sharpness that look just like they were counting to five. So get started with 3 D printers can collaborate and expand on their work.

The entire calendar/labels purchase is under $20 and that's with a years worth of labelss. want [url=http://pixocool.com/stickers] custom stickers[/url] engraved presents jewelry print Printing gives you the best quality products. This is probably a better idea to propagate the message across is really stickers unbelievable. It shouldn't come as a decals he made that he will just go about and stick on people.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


my website :: 店舗 バーバリー

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Stop by my blog メガネ バーバリー

7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much more simple really a involving changes and any change is an
obstacle. Follow your local Nike Store on Twitting for launch press releases and
frequent updates. To be a result, we can have an adequate amount energy
to leave on climbing mntain. Both stress flexibility, functionality and
trendiness. http://www.konsort.org/support/member.php?u=33145

My blog :: chaussure air max

1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Here is my site: ハンカチ バーバリー

9:45 AM  
Anonymous cialis said...


4:40 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home