'World of Warcraft' bans raise players' ire
examines recent bans issued by
Blizzard for their MMORPG. They find that there are many banned players
proclaiming their innocence, but unlike the commonplace protestations of
prisoners, they find there are some cases where players accused of illicit
"power leveling" were actually just, well, leveling. There are players
suggesting capricious bans be reported to the Better Business Bureau, but for
their part, Blizzard states that they have not been banning any more players
than usual, and many players agree there's no problem here:
account that is suspected of breaking the (terms of service) and/or the
(end-user license agreement), we conduct a very thorough investigation before
the actual ban takes place," Shon Damron, a Blizzard spokesman, wrote in an
e-mail to CNET News.com. "In order to ensure that no ban is made without good
reason, this system has been extensively refined and contains numerous
Blizzard keeps "thorough records of any account-related actions, and we don't
show any unusual recent banning-related activity," Damon added.
Not all WoW players think the company is being heavy-handed. In fact, they think
most of the people getting caught in the dragnet are guilty as charged.
"It's quite possible that the people who have complained about
player named Mike wrote in an e-mail to CNET News.com. He also asked that his
last name not be used. "Ignorance is not an excuse. It's just ignorance."