Recently, nerd news site Slashdot posted an article about a man who was arrested by the British Police’s e-Crimes Unit for stealing account passwords and usernames from players of the RuneScape MMORPG. Apparently, this is among the first occasions where a person has been arrested in reality for virtual crimes. This brings to mind other crimes, like the CEO of Eve Online who stole “Kredits” from his players and used them as a deposit on a real-world house, and a Japanese woman who was arrested for causing the death of her online husband.

I don’t know about you, but I think that as people start to invest more time in online activities, even their virtual currency is going to start carrying more and more value, and pretty soon there will be more specific laws about this kind of thing.

I'm not a huge fan of MMORPGs, but I be pretty miffed if someone stole, say... my Oblivion: Game of the Year Edition. I guess it must be a very similar thing.

I'm not a huge fan of MMORPGs, but I'd be pretty miffed if someone stole, say... my Oblivion: Game of the Year Edition. I guess it must be a very similar thing.