GOA\'s treatment of Members of their UK Cluster

We the undersigned object to the actions by the Company GOA in the banning of members of Tedius Ten and Black Falcons under the rules of the Code of Conduct for behaviour defined by them as \'griefing\' and \'against the spirit of the game\'. We subscribe to the following definition of griefing produced at research on the subject and note that GOA\'s definition is specifically missing: \"Play styles that disrupt another player\'s gaming experience, usually with specific intention to. When the act is not specifically intended to disrupt and yet the actor is the sole beneficiary, it is greed play, a subtle form of grief play.\" (Yang-Foo, 2004; p. 11) It is our view from statements presented on the public forums that TT members did not specifically \'intend\' to disrupt the vast majority of Albion members gaming experience because it was stated time and again that those players were more than welcome to defend the keep and that under normal circumstances they would have done so themselves. Their intent was to make a statement to draw attention to the actions of the real \'griefers\' in this sorry state of affairs. If other parties like GOA have interpreted TT and Black Falcons intent to be one of griefing they have done so without reference to the actual statements made by the people specifically banned. GOA are unilaterally acting to make members of TT and Black Falcons scape goats for their own inability to manage the UK servers and it\'s community. GOA\'s statement that TT and Black Falcons acted against the spirit of the game side steps the issue that the actions of the minority of AC raiders are deliberately intended to disrupt and therefore grief the rest of players on the Excal and Prydwen cluster. They are acting unethically because they have singularly failed in their duty of care to apply their rules equally to the minority of people who have for several months now gone out of their way to disrupt life on our server. We are therefore demanding that GOA take similar action against those who have made our lives miserable by griefing through their constant and sequenced Alarm Clock raids. Sincerely UK Player Dark age of Camelot References Chek Yang Foo, (2004) "Redefining Grief Play.", paper presented to the Other Players Conference, Center for Computer Games Research, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 6-8 Deceomber 2004. (Proceedings available at: http://itu.dk/op/proceedings.htm

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