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Jun 13 2012

A scene from Habbo. Several avatars cluster around a table containing stylised foods, while one person holds a giant sparkling carrotJust last night, UK’s Channel 4 aired an investigative piece about Sulake’s Habbo Hotel (or just “Habbo”), the social virtual environment for kids.

The investigation alleges (among other things) that sexual predators are using the service to groom children for sex, despite Habbo’s couple of hundred live moderators – and it isn’t the first time these sorts of allegations have been made about Habbo, or about a number of other virtual environments.

Another UK channel (that I won’t name) went so far as to fabricate a scandal involving Second Life a few years ago.

What strikes me about the Habbo incident is how sudden it has been.

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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings I’ve written a review of The Witcher (the original game), and you might want to check that out.

Now, moving on to The Witcher 2, which is due for release this month.

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I remember the first spam email that I ever saw. It was in the early 1980s. Everyone in the office crowded around to see it, and we all laughed at the ridiculousness of it. “MAKE MONEY FAST” it promised.

A copy was printed and stuck on the notice-board in reception, and visitors would see it, read it and laugh.

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