Okay, I wasn’t actually planning to make this into a regular series, but events have just sort of worked out that way. Blizzard’s “Battle.net” online gaming service got hacked last week, allowing hackers to acquire “sensitive data”. Fortunately, Blizzard says that does not include financial information, but still, the fact is that online gaming made users vulnerable to hackers.
People play games to have fun, to relax. They do not want to have needless stress heaped upon them when they are trying to play a game, because they probably get plenty of that in their real lives. With the trolls, the technical difficulties, and then the threat of hackers, online gaming is way more trouble than it’s worth, as far as I can tell.
If any online gamers read this, I’d love to read why you feel it’s worthwhile.