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May. 18th, 2007

12:22 am - School maps for FPS games

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Date:May 19th, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
I think you're right about the challenge of trusting the media. However, I also think that there's a related concern, in terms of the effect of new technology.

As per my comment to terpsichore1980 below, I'm guessing that most of the people who are in positions of "authority" (e.g. headteachers, concerned parents, journalists) have never tried to create a custom map for any kind of computer game, so it's unfamiliar behaviour, and therefore it seems suspicious.

In a similar way, I ranted a while back about a guy who was charged with child porn offences, since the prosecution lawyer said that he'd built a "super computer" (direct quote) to store the images, i.e. a desktop computer with three hard drives. There's nothing particularly impressive about that spec (under 80Gb of storage), or the expertise required, but it's still unknown territory to most people, so I think that they fear what they don't understand.

I remember a case a while back (probably via Schneier's blog) where some Muslims were arrested for praying in an airport, because they'd been speaking in a foreign language and mentioning the word "Allah" which scared other passengers. There may be an analogy to that here - the foreign language isn't new, but other people don't understand it.
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