[SLED] RE: Crime and Griefing in Second Life

Trevena, Stan Trevena.S at monet.k12.ca.us
Sat Nov 25 18:21:13 PST 2006

On a slight tangent, but interesting to educators all the same, there was an outbreak of a in-game virus that was intended to stay in an instance (isolated dungeon created for player groups) that spread into the game world in World of Warcraft.  NPR did a good story on the outbreak, and there is audio here http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4946772   The people who caught the disease and then teleported out of the instance into the capital cities threw the plague into the general population, and even infected the NPC's (killing them).  Quite the little science experiment.  This was not a user created plague, as there is no facility for users to create things in WOW.  This is a game feature gone bad, with interesting results.
Stan Trevena


From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com on behalf of Burcu Bakioglu
Sent: Sat 11/25/2006 4:23 PM
To: SL Educators
Subject: Re: [SLED] RE: Crime and Griefing in Second Life

Yeah, looks like it Jeremy, which is why I'm interested in learning more about it if anyone knows more... 

On 11/25/06, Jeremy Hunsinger < jhuns at vt.edu <mailto:jhuns at vt.edu> > wrote: 

	looks like griefers to me,   it isn't uncommon for people to start 
	griefing on the basis of their own opinions as envisioned as the
	'cause' .   sl should just dcma google.  that would be cool:)
	On Nov 25, 2006, at 7:00 PM, Burcu Bakioglu wrote:
	> Stan, this is super interesting. Is this by any chance linked to 
	> people getting tired of all the chaos going on in-world or just an
	> unrelated riot to take power??? do you know anything more about this?
	> On 11/25/06, Trevena, Stan < Trevena.S at monet.k12.ca.us <mailto:Trevena.S at monet.k12.ca.us> > wrote: Looks
	> like there's a movement in SL that seeks to target in-world
	> organizations, and Linden directly to try to force change "in-
	> world". It appears that their main drive is to give SL players 
	> rights by allowing them to buy shares in SL.  Interesting to see
	> them target the commercial businesses, since it's the arrival of
	> these companies that is fueling the media attention and influx of
	> money and residents to SL.
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