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Should We bring laws to protect morality in online games.Because I think the online games are spreading negative emotions and even crime.

Without laws,there'll be no restrict.There are lots of bad things in online games,I'll take one little thing for example.I've seen so many high level players kill low level players.It's just like an adult kicking pupils.In real life,this tough guy will be put into jail.But in games,what he did is permitted.So as many other bad things,like cheating.Games are more and more like real life.The difference is there's laws in real life.If there's no restrict in online games,those bad behavior will be indulged.And I believe that will cause problems not only in games but also in real life,because games do affect our life.More and more people spend more time in online games.It's just like their second life.And living a second life with no restrict every day.I do believe there's something will go wrong sometime.

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    Sep 25 2012: This is the computer-based evolution of the same uestion that arose from the Television-based revolution. "Are our children being ruined by all the violence and sex they see on TV?"

    I've been alive since 1954. Seen a lot of TV and played a lot of computer games. I've never raped or killed a fellow human being just because I watched TV or played computer games.

    The emphasis should be on making sure the individual human being can separate fantasy from reality. If they can't, they will make bad decisions. Regardless of what type of legislation you try to impose.

    What's the old saying? "You can't legislate against stupidity." Nor ignorance.
  • Oct 5 2012: Legislation to prevent immoral acts within virtual worlds. No. It's mostly because of the fact that games actually police themselves. For your first example, high level characters killing low level characters so they can't progress or killing quest givers so that, again, other players can't progress. Yes, that does happen. But there are also entire guilds on each server dedicated to fighting the people who play to ruin other people's play experience. In the case of your argument that people aren't punished for bad behavior, like cheating, that is entirely wrong in itself as players can get temporarily or possibly even permanently banned from servers and/or the game itself depending on the severity of the breach in rules and frequency, if it's a minor offense. So are you also going to legislate and punish high level players protecting the lower level players and the game company itself for policing its own product?
    • Oct 9 2012: That's a great point.I just thought we should do something when I see those crime.Some people just cheat or steal money in game and sell it in the official market or underground with real dollars.It looks like they are allowed to do so.
      • Oct 9 2012: Enough complaints or getting caught in the act and players actually do get punished. There are consequences, some of which people take away the person's ability to play. Some people still feel it's worth the risk. Unfortunately, in that regard, games actually completely match reality.
        • Oct 9 2012: I have another question,I just got it from your idea.What if the game company steal our money by useing its game rules.They can change them anytime they want.Several days ago,someone's real dollars are gone,and the company just said "It's the internet,not us cause the problem".
  • Sep 24 2012: Morality should not be legislated in a civilized country, ethics should, but there is nothing unethical about being a d*ck in some video game. Governments have bigger priorities.
    • Sep 25 2012: Yes,I agree with you that morality should not be legislated in a civilized country.I don't take online games just as games,it's like a small society.This is the place with no rules and it should be civilized to narrow the gap between the games and the civilized real life.We don't take it s serious because we thought it's just a game.But I know that many people play more than 5 hours everyday,some even more than their working time.Games do affect their life.We can't force them not to play,but we can built a better environment at least.Maybe laws is not the proper word.I guess game rules sounds better.
    • Sep 25 2012: Did you worked in Chengdu, China this year?
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    Sep 30 2012: So you suggest legislation to include theft of ingame, paid currency to be a crime? A good idea, but terribly difficult to implement. Then again I'm principally against ingame currency which can be bought and sold, officially or not.
    • Oct 9 2012: As a gameplayer,I agree with you that ingame currency can not be bought and sold, officially or not.But the situation is the opposite.There has been a huge market which is full of crime.I just thought we should do something.
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    Sep 29 2012: Terrible suggestion. Should we do the same to other forms of art? Film? Paintings? Sculpture? Literature? Music? Theatre?

    You figure it out.
    • Sep 30 2012: As I see, they are quite different.And it may be wrong to do this in other areas doesn't mean it won't be right to do the same in online games.If we looking into history,actually we did something about games.There are some rules about games.We can't rule every single step of people's actions,but we should do something at basic level.I know someone living on cheating and stealing money from other players in the online games.They are having a great time because there's no rules and even no evidence in the online games.
      • Oct 5 2012: There are multiple rules and lots of evidence in the online games. Enough complaints are made and guess what, the employees of the company that act as the "game masters" end up checking it out because it's all just code. If you know how to read the code, you know what to look for.
        • Oct 9 2012: As far as the "game masters" can do,they just give you a copy of your equipments,not give them back.They can't give back your money ingame.And the theft just need to creat a new account and do it all over again.All these things we are talking about is just "1" and "0".But when it is connected with real dollars in the offical market.Everything is different.