I Always Feel Like …

INV_Misc_Spyglass_01.jpg… somebody’s watchin’ me.

INV_Misc_Spyglass_02.jpgRockwell references aside, this slightly paranoid online survey might be worth a few minutes of your morning. What’s the point? I’ll let the surveyor explain …

“I’m conducting an investigation into surveillance within massively multiplayer online games such as World of Warcraft and SecondLife. The questionnaire will take between 2 and 20 minutes to complete depending on how much information you’re willing to supply. I’m interested in stories and observations so feel free to ramble.” *

INV_Misc_Spyglass_03.jpgThere you have it. Interested? Go answer the MMO Surveillance Questionnaire.

To me, this doesn’t seem to be so much of an issue for WoW as it might be for a game like Second Life. Gnomes are pretty industrious, but none of us are actually inventing in-game devices that monitor or record the activities of other players. The mechanics of the game just don’t allow it.

And yet, if you knew that Blizzard was actively monitoring your online behavior, taking note of your habits and logging your chat, how would that make you feel?

3 Comments so far

  1. Dipdudu (unregistered) on June 8th, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

    I’d be shocked if Blizzard wasn’t logging everything.

    It’s not really any different than security cameras at casinos or amusement parks; Azeroth is a private space and we pay for the privilege of sharing it.

  2. Chris Hanel (unregistered) on June 8th, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

    I could picture a lot of sick people suddenly deciding to have fun with the watchers by trying to use the word “bomb” as much as possible. :)


  3. Dipdudu (unregistered) on June 9th, 2006 @ 11:52 am

    Heh, that thought did cross my mind while finishing up a gathering quest: WTB 8x[High Explosive Bomb]

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