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  Gamer War:  South Koreans Persecute Chinese Over ‘Ninja Looting’  
Posted 2006-02-21 by Tony Walsh
The Financial Times (of all places) reports that groups of South Korean players of the game Lineage are collectively killing off the characters of other players perceived to be Chinese. The reasons for the online war appear to be cultural--but more in an in-game cultural sense. Chinese players are beginning to get a bad reputation in massively-multiplayer games because of "gold farming" operations in that country. Add to this the reported tendency to "ninja loot" (stealthily claim the booty from fallen enemies another player has kills) in Lineage, and some South Korean players of the game, which reportedly has about 3 million suscribers, have taken matters into their own hands. The Financial Times says "areas such as the Island of Dreams - popular with Chinese gamers because it is relatively easy to earn money - are becoming the site of online massacres."

The maker of Lineage, NCSoft, is reportedly aware of the situation, but say it's not possible to be sure if those "slain" were Chinese.
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