Erica Buist: Tory MP Mike Weatherley wants those who swipe valuable items in video games to get the same sentences as burglars
I have to admit that I’m not a WoW player, so I’m not exactly clear what the problem is here. With that said however, if you play a game in an open world in which theft is possible, then shouldn’t it be an issue to resolve in the world itself? I get that some people might pay lots of money to level up their characters or get the best equipment - one of the things that alienates me from it in fact - but the fact that someone could take it away from you is surely a part of the game.
Otherwise, what’s the point in playing it? Where’s the peril? And how do you set the boundaries?
It strikes me that anyone who plays a game in which they are a murder hobo travelling around stealing “treasure” and killing people is in a bit of a sticky situation claiming that it is only wrong if someone can attach a monetary value to it in the real world.
Then again, it’s come from a Tory.