Dealing with Multiple Truths in Online Virtual Worlds

Dealing with Multiple Truths in Online Virtual Worlds

Jan Sablatnig (Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany), Fritz Lehmann-Grube (Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany), Sven Grottke (University of Stuttgart, Germany) and Sabine Cikic (Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/jdcf.2009040106
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Virtual environments and online games are becoming a major market force. At the same time, the virtual property contained in these environments is being traded for real money and thus attains a real value. Although the legal issues involved with this virtual property have not yet been decided, they will have to be soon. It is foreseeable that the next generation of very large virtual worlds will carry the possibility of multiple truths existing at the same time. Under such circumstances, it will be impossible to physically protect virtual property. In order to protect virtual property, virtual environment systems will therefore have to conform to certain requirements. We analyze what these requirements are in order to either prevent cheating or at least prove a digital offence has transpired. Along with greater security, this will also simplify end user support, which is one of the major cost factors for online games.

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