Posts Tagged ‘anarchy’

Spinks has a great post up on player behavior, and it’s well worth reading for the main points…

When Good Players Aren’t

but what really caught my attention was a tangential concern, that of account sharing.  I made note of it over there, but I wanted to echo it here.

Perhaps it’s just one piece of the “anarchy” puzzle that is Tesh, but I’ve never liked that account sharing is technically against the Terms of Service in most of these MMO things.  It’s my account, I should be able to decide who to trust with that data.  As it happens, I’ve done so, letting my wife or siblings play with my accounts in games.  Yes, I did so knowing full well that the company could pull a jerk move and delete my account for it, but I did so because I trusted my family with my data.

And ultimately, that should be my choice.  I’m therefore a conscientious objector to that part of the standard MMO TOS (as well as other parts, for that matter).  Then again, I’m also the sort that believes strongly in individual responsibility rather than state mandates.  I don’t talk politics much here (on purpose), but I can’t help but see parallels between the State of the MMO Provider and the State of the Union (and politics vs. human nature in general).

Ultimately, society works not because government (or the Provider) is perfect, but because We the People work together (even though we aren’t perfect).  Top down design in games (“thou shalt group”) and top down design in government (Chrysler much?  Bailout nation?  Moral hazard?) are both dangerous.  In both cases, if someone gets ripped off, it’s their own fault, and it’s not Big Brother’s job to swoop in and right the wrongs, whether it’s with a bailout or a banhammer.

This is also why I see no problem whatsoever if an MMO player wants to sell their account (or if someone wants to buy one).  I’ve always thought restrictions against that were ridiculous as well.  It’s technically against the rules for most MMOs, but as I consider those rules ill-advised in the first place, I have no problem breaking them.  Maybe that makes me a terrible scofflaw, but then… I’ve always thought that pointing out and objecting to bad laws and dumb rules is a moral obligation, and a cherished right in the country I live in.

Funny how quick we are to sign (or vote) that away sometimes.

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Wow.  I used to read Karl Denninger’s Market Ticker every day, despite my utter disgust with his profanity.  He has a good bead on what is happening in the economy and the regulation thereof.  I finally tuned him out when he decided to support Obama, despite standing pretty squarely in contrast to the man’s policies.  I just don’t understand some people.

Anyway, on a whim, I made the rounds of Mish, Calculated Risk and even picked up the Market Ticker today.  Denninger’s in fine form, but even he‘s bothered about Hal Turner.

In Denninger’s article, he links to Turner’s site, where you’ll find him effectively calling for mob “justice” against the banksters who ruined this country.  Now, I’d like to see these ripoff artists get their just desserts, but in my mind, that’s something that comes by due process of law.  Mob rule is best avoided.

Of course, as Denninger notes, there is a very real sense of betrayal, as it is the government itself, the stewards of the law, who are aiding and abetting the fraud.  (Check out The Creature from Jekyll Island for kicks.)  In many ways, it’s the regulators’ fault that we’re in the position we’re in.

That said, I know it’s cliche, but two wrongs do not make a right.  Descending into mindless mob rule, even if it’s fueled by righteous (or self-righteous) anger, is not going to make things better.  As much as we all love Batman for being willing to stand up to the bad guys, even he has a code of ethics that keeps him from total anarchy.

We cannot be vigilantes and live outside of the law, if we hope to maintain our country.

At the same time, if a country puts its citizens in a position where open revolt is the only possibility for real change (Obama’s “change” is a joke), perhaps the things that are worth maintaining have already been forsaken.

Please take the high road, and stand for the principles of liberty and honesty that this country were founded on… even if and especially if those in power have forsaken them.  Someone needs to do the right thing, and it isn’t vigilante justice.

In a world gone mad, it’s still best to resist the urge to join the fray.

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