Thursday, July 31, 2008

Free Market vs. Sporn

One of the best social benefits created by the internet is the demonstration it gives to the general public the self-regulation created in free markets. Consider the new EA games product Spore, which apparently is like Second Life but with ever evolving creatures instead of people. Sure enough along follows the creation of Sporn, which is pornographic characters in the game, has outraged many. Just watch the free market go:
When EA got word of the "Sporn" creations, it began working with YouTube to pull them down. Players who repeatedly upload "offensive content" are warned, suspended and eventually banned, Bradshaw said.
But the policing isn't restricted to EA and YouTube. Users also are able to flag and report content that they find offensive.
EA plans to make sure nobody sees the content if they don't want to, Bradshaw told CNN. When playing "Spore," users will be given three choices regarding people's creations: to receive no outside content, to receive content from buddies only, or receive all external content.
Miles Moffit, a gamer attending the University of Georgia who has created tons of "clean" characters on his own, is glad to know EA will be regulating what makes it into the game.
"My initial reaction to discovering it in my final game would be to ban it so it wouldn't show up again and then blow it to pieces for the sheer satisfaction of it," Moffit said. "Go ahead, create a walking phallus. See how long it lasts in the databases and galaxies of Spore."


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