Firstly, I will admit that I haven’t had a chance to look at my reader yet this morning – I am currently at uni trying to puzzle my way through a Research Project while writing some units of work for the kids when I go on internship. Busy busy busy! So, someone may have already found what I am going to blog about, and you have probably already read it. If so, apologies for being boring to you, and apologies to whoever I unintentionally rip off!
Last night before I went to bed I did a quick flick through my reader again (I have to check it at least 3 times a day to ensure that I rarely have more than 50 posts to read at a time), when I found this nice shiny bit of information over at Tobold’s. The judge has finally made a decision in the Glider bot case, and Botting (or any other manipulation of the copy of World of Warcraft in the RAM) is a copyright infringement, and is therefore illegal (for the full technical stuff, please see Tobold’s post, where he has quoted the judge’s exact statement). They basically were able to come to this conclusion through the fact that when you purchase WoW, you do not purchase the game, but rather a license to the game (which is why you do not own your character, and technically you are not able to ‘sell’ your character).
This has immense implications for players. Of course, combined with the release of the Blizzard Authenticator, there should be a massive cut down in illegal activities in the game. Blizzard will be able to threaten gold farmers who use botting technology with legal ramifications (as opposed to previously just banning their accounts). Of course, I don’t suppose for a second that this will stop RMT at all, but it will certainly hinder the process just a little bit. At the very least, gold farmers are now going to have to find more legitimate ways of farming their gold. In all honesty, and I will probably get flamed for this, I don’t especially believe that gold farmers who farm their gold through ‘honest’ means (rather than account hacks or bots) really hurt the average player significantly. There are arguments that they artificially inflate the economy (but any more than daily quests, might I ask?) although in some ways they do provide a service. With the advent of dailies, many people no longer farm primals, herbs, etc to make gold. IF gold farmers make their gold through this process, they are simply providing materials to players in the AH, and also creating competition, which helps to keep costs down. I also suspect that most people who buy gold use it for large, extravagant purchases like epic flying mounts, which really do not affect the economy at all. This is NOT to say I support RMT by any means! I could also be way off base with my economic theories (after all, I am an English major, not an economist!)
The more paranoid amongst us will suggest that this could also potentially mean the end of modding as we know it. Logically, I believe that common sense will play a major role in this – bringing a case to bear over something as ridiculous as a harmless mod would be an expensive exercise with no real benefit to anyone concerned. This judgement wont mean that harmless mods are going to be affected, despite them ‘technically’ constituting an offense (I guess – I don’t get much of this computer mumbo jumbo!) I just hope people remember that common sense almost always wins out.
Now, for a small community service announcement!
Patch 2.4.3 is now active, which means that you need to update all your mods. Many people have complained about their mods being ‘broken’, when they haven’t updated. I know it’s a pain in the ass, but it has to be done people! :)Tags: WoW Community