Fans of role playing game EverQuest are crying foul over the sale of virtual chracters and other goods in online auctions.
The backlash comes in response to a recent announcement by 989 Studios, the makers of EverQuest, that it would move to forbid players from auctioning customized characters and virtual property on the web. 989 Studios said the decision came about because of several incidents of bidding fraud.
EverQuest players don the persona of a fantasy-based character to chat, and to advance through the gae by killing virtual monsters. The effort is time consuming, giving rise to auctions that provide a short cut for less industrious players.
The outcry against character auctions is detailed in the story at www.zdnn.com.