US government to spy on MMO gamers

Chris Scott Barr - Feb 27, 2008

My addiction to World of Warcraft has been suppressed for several months now. I can’t say how long I’ll be able to keep it up once Wrath of the Lich King hits later this year, but for now, I have one more reason to stay away. While I’m not a terrorist, I’m still thoroughly disturbed to hear that our own government is using the game to hunt down extremists.

The Reynard Project is set to study the behavior of gamers in online worlds such as WoW and other MMOs. Once it has collected enough data, they will be able to set up their software for “automatically detecting suspicious behavior and actions in the virtual world.”

Like I said, I’m no terrorist, however, I have no desire for the Feds to come busting down my door because I’m “acting suspicious” in a game that has me slaughtering fictional creatures for pleasure. It just begs the question, what is suspicious?

[via GameSpot]

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