US police fail MMO crime victim

Monday, 4th February 2008 19:16 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Man with hat plays FFXI for four years. Man with hat gets 75 million Gil’s worth of items nicked by mate. Gil is worth $3,800, man says. Calls police. Police won’t help because they think money from games isn’t worth money in real life. Oh noes, says lawyer. Big heap terrible.

“What happened here is somebody stole almost $4,000 and got away cold,” said Joshua Fairfield, an associate professor of law at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. “This is just a matter of zeros. The first time IBM loses $10 million, we’re going to see some police action.”

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  1. Arkin

    Thats terrible now he will have to actually live in the Real world

    #1 7 years ago
  2. patlike

    To be fair to the kid, he did cane FFXI for four years then got completely ripped off. Maybe it’ll be the cue he needs to “go outside” though, which might be a good thing.

    #2 7 years ago
  3. Arkin

    I’m a recovering world of warcraft addict (Sounds :D silly to say but its true) so I know what these kind of games can do to people if there in a certain state of mind.

    #3 7 years ago
  4. patlike

    Doesn’t sound silly at all. Good luck with that ;)

    #4 7 years ago

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