September 20, 2015
Eng 111 4-5:15
Prosecution in the Virtual World
Many online gamers will pay for virtual items with real money. Some people want laws in effect for the real world to protect their rights to their belongings. Theft in the virtual world occurs quite often. In an article titled, “Should Gamers be Prosecuted for Virtual Stealing?” the author Alex Weiss calls out a young teenage boy who is being prosecuted for stealing in a video game. It seems to be a legal blunder that is very straight forward, but becomes a heated debate. It begins with the argument should we prosecute a gamer for stealing via the virtual world? Alex Weiss is correct in saying that prosecution for virtual …show more content…
“theft”. The object of the game is to choose missions to go on and steal other objects; cars, money, car parts, and other valuable items. In this game each player is vulgar and crude.
There is foul-language, and even over dramatization of drugs. It seems as if when I am playing the game that I am playing with a bunch of other dangerous criminals, but what about myself? I have never stolen in my life, and such action has never crossed my mind, yet that is how I play in Grand Theft Auto. Taking a step back to think about it, I realized that I was not the only person filling the shoes of a character who is my polar opposite. The fact is that if every person who would