Poll: Do Publishers Know the NSA Is Conducting Surveillance Operations In Their Games?

A few days ago we talked about a report that showed that American and British spy agencies are playing World of Warcraft, Second Life and various Xbox Live games to spy on us.

Do you think the publishers of those titles know about the surveillance ops being conducted in their games?

For its part, Blizzard says it's "unaware of any surveillance taking place" in World of Warcraft and if there are spies among the players, they're there without the publisher's "knowledge or permission."

Microsoft and Second Life dev Linden Labs both declined to comment.  But Microsoft was one of eight companies to officially call on the U.S. government to limit its spying activities.  Hmm…

What do you think, readers?  How in the know are game makers as to what goes on in their games?  Vote in the poll and let us know!  Once you've done that, strap on your tinfoil hat and delve into the comments section for a hopefully robust and nuanced discussion of this topic of world-shattering importance!  Doesn't that sound like fun?  No?  Oh, okay.  I guess you could just email your thoughts to SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com instead.  Party pooper.

EZK and I would normally reveal the poll results on next week's podcast but I'm going on vacation so I have no idea what's going on with episode 81 but as soon as I do, you'll know a few days later!

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen

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