We can come up with another SI base unit, say, I don't know, the COL (can of Lynx). An eighth base unit would get far more headline coverage. Maybe.
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Having worked in the online gaming industry, I believe the term gaming is factually correct. Gambling is a subset (admittedly it's currently a very large subset) of the online games on offer. Many sites offer games other than the traditional gambling games - you can play online chess, pool even bowling for money online for example - since when are those gambling? You can even play MTG online for money, you've been able to for years.
I believe the expansion into gaming which isn't along the lines of poker/blackjack etc is going to make or break many of the firms out there. If you could enter into a WOW tournament - would that be gambling or gaming?
Even the sportsbooks are starting to take notice (and some are further ahead of the game than others). When you can bet on who'll get more column inches in a gossip mag it's a far cry from who's going to win the 3.30 at newbury.....
"I realise that this may seem trivial to someone who doesn't play these games, but the very fact that they are spawning a 'realistic' economy means that many people who choose to play the game without cheating are having their experience significatly affected...."
Sorry, but you place your trust and money into a system which is inhabited by geeks and expect *not* to get part/all of the system hacked for *their* benefit?
I'd argue that susceptibility to scams is influenced greatly by the victim's upbringing and education. The person's intelligence is influenced by their genetics, but not everyone who has been scammed through these methods has had a room-temperature IQ - some surprisingly intelligent people have fallen for them. Is greed a known genetic trait?