My blogging muse monkey graced me with another interesting story yesterday: apparently World of Warcraft is rampant with players who want to steal your items, money, achievements and soul. Or at least my brother believed.
It all kicked off yesterday evening when I had a curious phone conversation with my bro in which he started telling me a story about another player he had met in WoW whilst out questing in Duskwood earlier that day. This stranger invited him into a group (strike one), helped him complete some quests together (strike two) and then offered to log on his level 80 main to “boost” my brother (strike three). Now my muse was really freaking out. “Boost?! Some kind of hacking attempt, no doubt!”
My brother decided to outwit his would-be hacker though and, after graciously accepting his offer, waited until the player logged out to change character and then quickly ran as far away as he could and hid from him.
After laughing so hard I almost cried, I had the pleasure of explaining to my brother that this poor chap was actually just trying to honestly help him out and that not everyone you meet in MMORPGs is a complete tosser. Some people, believe it or not, genuinely want to help out newbies.
Apart from being quite frightfully amusing, this tale is also a little depressing. What’s happening to the Internet and society these days? Why are we so full of mistrust and doubt? Now every email is a phishing scam, every group invite a hacking attempt and every man with a moustache a paedophile (notice how Tom Selleck is keeping a low profile these days). Sometimes things are just exactly as they appear to be and not some Machiavellian attempt at harming you.
And finally, on a completely unrelated note, I’m running a competition where I randomly transfer $1,000 into a reader’s bank account. If you would like to take part, please send me your bank account number, PIN and password. Thanks.
UPDATE: I AM NOT ACTUALLY RUNNING A COMPETITION. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME YOUR BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS!