Saturday, June 30, 2007

Chinese gold farming...

" According to estimates, around 100,000 people in China are employed as gold farmers, as of December 2005. "

And this is how the world of virtual gaming has found an enemy in its own players...

More links from the wikipedia page:

Runescape news: Bots and Real-world trading Update
RuneScape news: Bots and real-world trading 1
Tricia Wang's in progress paper on A Marxian Analysis of World of Warcraft: Virtual Gaming Economies Reproducing Capitalistic Structures (citing Jin Ge's goldfarming research in China
Gamespot article on gold farmers
World of Warcraft Gold Farmer Study
1UP article on slave wages
Ethical Virtual Economics - Campaign to find technical solutions to the real world impact of gold farming
Eurogamer on the stereotype of Chinese players as gold farmers
Yi-Shan-Guan - An article from The Daedalus Project by Nick Yee that deals with the racialized narrative we tell about gold farmers and what that typical narrative leaves out.
Ge Jin - a PhD student from UCSD makes a video documentary of gold farming in rural and suburban China. A video link to youtube can be found on this website.
In Cory Doctorow's short story Anda's Game, an elite player discovers she is being paid real-world money to disrupt sweatshop gold-farming operations.
NYTimes article
World of Warcraft EULA
MTV News on The Real Price Of Virtual Gold- Half a million Chinese laborers spend their days killing 'World of Warcraft' monsters for actual income. But is it exploitative?
[4]Korean Gold Farming Regulation
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