Stolen Online Game Items Leads to Offline Conviction in the Netherlands

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thetechchild

Terrible human beings...

For one thing, online items do have intrinsic value. You spend time obtaining them, and they can be sold for real world $$ (regardless of whether that is allowed, it shows that they hold economic value).

Another -- this is assault! Being held at knife point and threatened is definitely illegal. The morons who attacked the 13 yr old deserve jail time, or at least juvenile detention. If after 17 years of life experience you are still willing to threaten a younger human's life for the sake of online goods (i.e. a relatively meaningless luxury), then your life might as well be forfeit. What goes around comes around.

Which, btw, is not the same as being "hacked", which requires that you be dumb enough to pick a very easy to guess password, or hand it over to a thief. They're practically untraceable, so good luck with that. (You might get more slack if you've had membership for a few years and also had serious personal info stolen)

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tugboat_2

What I don't get is why the dirtbag didn't get tried for assault with a deadly weapon or armed robbery. And don't give us any crap the dude was to young to know what he was doing.

I think the dude was lucky the kid didn't know how to defend his self. A 2x4in the face or kneecaps with an iron pipe for instance. Whenever anyone comes at you with a deadly weapon you have to assume they are going to do grievous harm to you if not kill you.

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HRO

What!?!?? 527 Pumpkins? 271 Santas? 371 Red Halloween masks? 371 Green? 371 Blue? 241 Purple Party Hats? 241 Yellow Phats? More paths? Even more phats? Hundreds of full dragon equipment and tons of rune equipment? There a trillions of gold coins in that screenshot!

Please say it: that screenshot must be fake!

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I believe this is an important article. Virtual assets' value can become very tangible. (Think: Money.) In fact, Jagex —Runescape's developer— just won a legal battle against bot developers. (Bots can be used for automated gathering of resources in-game, later sold for real money. Jagex claims this practice was financially killing the company. See: services.runescape.com/m=news/g=runescape/jagex-vs-ibot--anti-bot-update)

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tornato7

My runescape account was hacked when I was younger, can I have some money?

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TheAsianMongoose

Considering the value of some rares in Runescape, this was a serious offence. A Halloween Mask is equal to about $100-150 USD.

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Trekker1091

Meh, Runescape. That game is old and it sucks. I tried it a few times, even after the graphics improvements and all that. Couldnt get into it. Would rather play Mass Effect 3 when it comes out, or The Old Republic, Skyrim, Dragon Age, Star Trek Online, Call of Du....OK, well I think my point is made, lol.

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austin43

It used to be good from what I remember. Played for a long time when I was younger...I mean alot...lol I think all the changes they made ruined it.

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Dartht33bagger

Ah I remember getting hacked on Runescape back when I was in 6th grade. I lost all of my stuff cried over it.

I never got forced to login at knife point though.

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DDRDiesel

Truly one of the most pathetic pieces of news I have read so far. I am not insinuating that the article is bad, but rather the fact that people would go that far for virtual goods is downright immature. These kids should get everything coming to them, though I would have recommended hard jail time, as community service won't drill the lesson deep enough into their brains

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dgrmouse

The perpetrator would've been 17 at the time. I don't think that sentencing a minor to "hard time" is a proportional response.

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lostcause64

Actually, "hard time" is a minimal response for anyone that uses a weapon illegally on someone else, especially a kid.

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dgrmouse

If you put a child in prison during their formative years, there is a high probability that said child will never develop into a useful member of society. If you want to punish the kid, there are better ways than prison. If you want to reform the kid, there are better ways than prison. As it is, he's got a year's worth of community service, he probably has restitution of some sort, he's on probation, and he's got a criminal record. I don't see how putting the child in prison improves the situation.

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germanogre

If, by the age of 17, you don't understand that threatening bodily harm with a weapon to obtain something illegally (armed robbery) is a serious offense, then you don't deserve to be a useful member of society. 17, not 7.

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