Earth Fires Destabilize Virtual Governments: Fascinating concept at work in EverQuest. The widefires raging in California have closed Sony’s customer support center.
“In other words, a firestorm has knocked out the government that rules over 750,000 accounts. There will be no police officers on the streets tonight. If you’re in the mood to do some random looting and griefing, now’s the time.
We tend to think of synthetic worlds as decentralized because the users are spread over the globe. They are still highly centralized on the production side…”
Via Boing Boing.