Great thought-provoking post by Aleks Krotoski here.
…now that I’ve covered the reasons hanging out with people in WoW may be more significant than hanging out in person, I’ll get to my point.
What happens when parents get divorced? Say Parent A is given custody of Child and Parent B has visiting rights at weekends or holidays. Parent A doesn’t play Online Game X but Parent B does, and plays for a couple of hours every night with Child. Does that undermine the judge’s custody decision? Child isn’t spending time with Parent A when s/he is hanging in Norrath with Parent B, so if Parent A losing out on important time with Child while Parent B and Child are experiencing enhanced shared experience, what implications does this have for future custody rulings?
And that’s not the doozy, either. The doozy is the one about restraining orders and what they could mean for virtual world administration.