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  • Some may think I'm crazy, but I agree with the police for arresting the guy. Sure, this is only a game and the things stolen had no "physical" presense. However, people worked to earn these things, they derived pleasure from them and they clearly have a monetary value as evidenced by the fact that the guy was able to sell them.

    What's intriguing to me, though, is the people who run these online worlds. While they work to stop this sort of stuff, they still have liability. Further, as more people immerse themselves in online worlds, those who run them take on roles more akin to governments. They need to manage the economies, police "illegal" activity, promote legal immigration, discourage illegal immigration and many other things.

    Going even further, they must function as benevolent gods. Make an admin mad? She can delete you. She can wipe out anything you own, reduce you to poverty, ruin your health, etc. As virtual worlds become more realistic, I wonder how virtual society is going to evolve? It should be interesting.

    • His arrest was justified indeed.

      You have interesting points about the role of the creators and administrators in the ecosystem. I hadn’t thought of that at all. Hm…