No. 118 (essentialsaltes) wrote,
No. 118
essentialsaltes

Real Money from Virtual Worlds, a SciAm article on 'gold farming' and particularly how it provides an interesting trade between wealthy and poor countries. I like his analogies, even if they are stretched too far.... or are they?

"Sometimes ... farmers serve as escorts that accompany players through dangerous or difficult tasks -- the equivalent of hiring Sherpas to ascend Himalayan peaks."

"In the scheme of economic development, [pre-1980] MUD players represented the equivalent of subsistence farmers in a pre-industrial society. Players produced and consumed items only for themselves."
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