Watch Stephen Colbert poke fun at government snooping of video games

"That's right. The NSA is spying on Second Life, a game for people who don't have a first one," Colbert says.

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Last night on the Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert poked fun at the recent revelation that American and British agents infiltrated World of Warcraft and Second Life to hunt terrorists.

"That's right. The NSA is spying on Second Life, a game for people who don't have a first one," Colbert said.

The leaked documents from former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden showed that so many different intelligence agents were conducting operations inside World of Warcraft and Second Life that they needed to establish a "deconfliction" group to ensure they were not spying on or interfering with each other.

Colbert jabbed this detail as well by rolling a clip of various characters inside Second Life who discover they are all in fact NSA agents. Lastly, Colbert calls out the fact that the NSA documents showed no terrorist plots were foiled by snooping on World of Warcraft and Second Life, suggesting that terrorists have instead moved on to Madden NFL 25.

Check out the full clip on Comedy Central's website. Last week, Comedy Central's The Daily Show also roasted the government snooping of video games.

Discussion

59 comments
Hurvl
Hurvl

"so many different intelligence agents were conducting operations inside World of Warcraft and Second Life that they needed to establish a 'deconfliction' group to ensure they were not spying on or interfering with each other." Oh, that is just sadly hilarious. Imagine a spying who's spying on someone else who's acting like a spy, only to find out they are indeed a spy - from their own agency. Doh! 

So it's good that they're making this deconfliction group so that events like that doh-n't happen.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I don't think Colbert is funny at all. But that's just my opinion. When someone doesn't like what you like doesn't mean their opinion is wrong. He's just not that funny. J. Stewart is a bit funnier and far more entertaining to watch and listen to.

BradBurns
BradBurns

Seriously, if you play an MMO all day, you can't have a life.


BoogieL0ve
BoogieL0ve

I love how more people are discussing the merits of Colbert's comedy and not really focusing on the problem at hand.  People were more pissed off about Kinect needing a check in.  In this news snippit, Micro$oft pretty much admitted they were letting them in to look around in the community ("No Comment" is a BIG comment).  


So, let me get this straight- Kinect watching you?  Bad.  NSA monitoring the gaming community searching for potential "terrorists"?  Good!


Beam me up.

meatz666
meatz666

Daily Show mocked this last week.

And Colbert is right. And he rocks.

StickyJr1
StickyJr1

If terrorists weren't using these services for communication before, they have the idea now.

I don't see how agents logging into accounts would be able to do much more than they could in the real world.  They would still need to establish relationships, gain trust, and gather evidence.  If I had to guess, I would think that the NSA would be targeting the servers to try to capture communication logs of conversations between players for analysis.  That would be far more productive...and invasive.

nsa_protocol44
nsa_protocol44

We have a code name for WOW its World of Watchers.

bannedexistence
bannedexistence

I said it before, and I'll say it again. The NSA are terrorists themselves. The US government, in general, is. I think they're all hungry for a new war, and new women and children to slaughter with their awesome weapons that they probably waste 500 billion or more a year to build.

Or maybe they are legitimately trying to protect us. Hard to believe, though.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Hey guys...If you haven't figured out yet....I'm an NSA agent. And yes...Xbone Kinect IS spying on you all.

bfa1509
bfa1509

Tax dollars well spent. I am in constant fear of a WOW player blowing a bag of Doritos in my face.

awhite33
awhite33

He's not funny and his show isn't funny.

muffin2020
muffin2020

I agree with the NSA spying in WOW. Lets look at orcs


1)Not white

2)Live in the deserts

3)Worship funny gods



Proof if you ever needed it - Terrorists



shreddyz
shreddyz

when he first started his show he was funny. Not really now, so pass on that.

enoslives7
enoslives7

LMAO. He's quite right. Most hardcore PC gamers I know are extreme losers. They use video games as an escape from their real life. 

Not trying to take cheap shots here, just being honest.


jayelcey
jayelcey

@tightwad34 They're both retarded liberals, and their audience actually thinks that they're watching the real news...

BradBurns
BradBurns

@BoogieL0ve 


Nope. 

I think that the very concept that the US government thinks it's okay to sniff through peoples underwear for freshness is upsetting.

Even stranger is that the criticisms aimed at the government don't seem to be very serious. Keep in mind that they're spying on you and recording data on everything you do. They're also storing it in a giant underground facility with servers so big they require large amounts of water to cool off. Couple this with the fact that they're tied to corporate interests.

Nothing about that seems strange or alarming to me. How about you?

BradBurns
BradBurns

@bannedexistence 


All I'll say is that the US has a pretty shady track record. 

Also, the US government is often shorthand for corporate interests. The two overlap too much to take seriously.

You can read about all of those wars we waged in Latin America during the late 80's.

So you know, in Latin America 911 is the day the US carried out a terrorist attack on Chile.

We also committed a few atrocities in Latin America to prevent "Liberation theology" from spreading. Killed a few priests and thousands of peasants. Then there's the stuff the US Fresh Fruit company did.

t's all pretty horrible.

BradBurns
BradBurns

@maniacalpoet 

The truth hurts. 

I never understood why people play those kinds of games instead of actually living. I understand other genres, but those are too time consuming.

bannedexistence
bannedexistence

@awhite33

I admit I don't laugh at his style of humor, but I do get what he's saying. And sometimes he has very excellent points. 

haze0986
haze0986

@awhite33 hes hillarious , his show is amazing, if you dont like colbert or daily show you hate the truth

Godly_Kongming
Godly_Kongming

@awhite33Your are a tool if you think he is not funny or you are 12.........you have to know something about politics or care about what is going on in the world, have half a brain, THEN he is hilarious!

thisBlueDude
thisBlueDude

@awhite33 That dude is funny, you just have to be old enough to get the jokes. I also think he's not human when I watch his shows high.

mos2000
mos2000

@enoslives7Yeah .... we're losers. Go ahead and pay your 400 -500 to get a "somewhat" next gen experience; while we pay a fraction of that on an upgrade, and get the whole kit and kaboodle...


Yup sounds like you're real "winners" to me...

BoogieL0ve
BoogieL0ve

@enoslives7 

To me, anyone that plays games in their freetime, be it on a console or a PC, are doing so to relax and escape reality.  So your statement is half-true.  All gamers use video games to escape real life, that's why you play it on your down time instead of going out and growing something, working at a soup kitchen, hell, taking a hike... etc etc.

How diluted your convoluted logic is.

BuBsay
BuBsay

@enoslives7 Yes because the majority of console gamers who spend their time yelling racial slurs at each other and 12 year olds playing Call of Duty 4-6 hours a day are so much better off?

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@enoslives7 

at least we are not poor like Console players, we even could raise 30 million for a kickstarter, just being honest.

Myst17
Myst17

@BradBurns@maniacalpoetSecondLife is not a game, really. I think it's more akin to a chatroom. But I know some reasons behind so many people acvtually living there. Some people can't have a regular non-virtual life due to isolation, mental issues (phobias to being outside, crowds, people), disabilities. There's also the fact that if you're a geeky person who enjoys virtual communities etc. you're more likely to get along people that are also on SecondLife. I also know of several couples who had to move away from each other who used SecondLife to "go out" together on dates and andventure and whatnot. Finally, there's all kinds of user made games inside, which are not very high-profile, but you get to be able to create your own.


Just my two cents, though.

bfa1509
bfa1509

@thisBlueDude @bfa1509 They don't but you can always tell which gamers would have the potential to do so in real life. NSA all the way.

BoogieL0ve
BoogieL0ve

@haze0986@awhite33

"you hate the truth"  Yes, because the truth is going to air on Comedy Central (a company owned by MTV Networks, owned further by Viacom- their hand in every pot) in an hour block from 10-11 P.M.  

If you think "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" are the truth, then you REALLY hate the REAL truth.  

BoogieL0ve
BoogieL0ve

@thisBlueDude 

I watched his show high (I do everything like that), and I must say- I gt his jokes.  Sometimes, they just aren't funny.  I liken it to a child's drawing.  Some of his jokes would be funny even coming from a child.  And what the hell is the difference between a artists who chooses to paint like a child, and a child's painting?

I'm sure he's an "Illuminati ass puppet" anyways.  Most mainstream people are.  Or are they?

BoogieL0ve
BoogieL0ve

@Godly_Kongming@shreddyz

Emmy's don't mean shit to me.  I don't care how many accolades someone has, if they aren't funny to me, they aren't funny to me.  Kathy Griffin has Emmy's, and not too many people like her.

Just saying- Emmy's ain't shit.

StickyJr1
StickyJr1

@BuBsay @enoslives7 Are the 12-year-olds playing Call of Duty (versions) 4 through 6 for hours a day or are they playing Call of Duty 4 to 6 hours a day?  Either way, the Call of Duty series is available for Windows too, so I don't think such behavior is limited to just console players.

aborgraffiti
aborgraffiti

@jayelcey @aborgraffiti @tightwad34 lmaooooo, so sad i'm being serious pls just stop.

jayelcey
jayelcey

@aborgraffiti @jayelcey @tightwad34 And...what is your point?  You're one of those loons that actually thinks that The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are the real news?  You can't base anything off of a Pew poll that was clearly slanted against people with conservative views.  I could sit here and break it down for you so that you'd understand, but there's no point in trying to convince someone that's drinking the Kool-Aid.

BradBurns
BradBurns

@twisted_sith @BradBurns @bannedexistence 

It's like seven sentences. I'd understand a wall of text, but a paragraph? Are you sure it didn't just go over your head? That's fine. It happens.

Okay, I'll sum it up: US government beholden to corporate interest, they have bad history doing terrorism to South America.

neroist
neroist

@BoogieL0veHey Viacom used to be owned by parent company CBS. Which CBS owns Gamespot!!!!

BuBsay
BuBsay

@StickyJr1 My comment wasn't really meant to be taken seriously, he was making grossly generalizing stereotypes so I responded with the same.