Hahnsoo wrote:...The technology is analogous and exists today, and certainly will be in widespread use more than 20,000 years in the future...
Seems very real life related to me..
Also, I didn't refer to real life privacy rights, I know FC has the right to give my character's information. But the game is based on a certain realistic level, and therefor I think it should have in-game privacy rights too. Agian I'd be fine with the function aslong as there is a clear option of turning it off.
Seems like you quoted me out of context. Fair enough.
You really should look at what your true real-life privacy rights actually are, in all fairness. There is really very little that is private, nowadays. Privacy is not legally guaranteed except as an exception rather than a rule (AIDS testing, for example... all other STD testing is mandatory to report to the state health authorities in the United States). And certainly, what you may consider a "right" does not exist in many locations of the world today. One of the many themes of Cyberpunk is the loss of basic human rights through the encroachment of technology. Certainly, what we consider to be inalienable rights today may not have a bearing 20,000 years in the future.
In any case, the only "rights" that you have with Funcom on their private server (not public server) is your right as a consumer. You can choose not to buy a product or service that you disagree with. Aside from that, your rights are signed away on any claim that you may have on your characters in Rubi-Ka the moment you accept the EULA and start playing. This isn't an opinion, sadly. This is a fact. Just as you cannot change the content of a Newspaper or a Magazine you subscribe to with your voice alone simply by owning a subscription.
All of this being said, the ability to inspect equipment is not a feature that will destroy the game inherently. In fact, it is a hallmark of many popular games still being played today (not just video games, either). It does require a paradigm shift on the part of the population playing on AO, it seems, but the grumblings on the official forums are the loud shouts of a vocal minority... loud, but a minority, nonetheless. I don't buy the "We don't like it, so you shouldn't like it either" method of persuasion. Peer pressure, it seems, is not just a high school thing.
I've yet to see a well-written case against the feature (either that, or it's buried in the noise)... instead, I've seen knee-jerk reactions based on personal beliefs and misconceptions of what exactly constitutes "privacy rights". "I have 6 years of experience" may be a fact, but it isn't a good argument. Neither is "I have real-life privacy rights". "A lot of players don't like it" is simply bandwagoning... there's no good reason WHY someone doesn't like the feature other than personal preference.