Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Does Osama play World of Warcraft?

In an unclassified report released by the U.S. Government detailing data mining activities of U.S. intelligence services, an interesting program appeared. This program, called Reynard, is designed to investigate and try to weed out "suspicious behavior" in online gaming worlds.

Personally, I am all in favor of this. I, for one, am sick of the constant spamming of the chat channels of people looking for groups to commit terrorism. Hell, just the other day some night elf rogue was spamming Shattrath for 30 minutes with "LF2M for heroic Mana Tombs followed by a suicide bombing of Orgrimmar" To top it off, we also have the problem of the gnomish intifada in Ironforge. Honestly, why cant those hyperactive little midgets just clean out the lepers from their own hometown and move back?

This new program is going to have it's greatest effect on PvP (player vs. player) worlds, however, where I expect a sudden outbreak of civility and an end to noob ganking. Because of this, most people will take a moment of pause to decide if ganking that lowbe in Stranglethorn Vale is really worth it. After all, he could be CIA and your ass could wind up in Gitmo.

In all seriousness, I can't figure out whether this is the brain child of some would be big brother bent on watching every move every one of us makes, or a cleaver scheme by government employees to play computer games on the taxpayer's dime...

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