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Journal of No. 118


December 22nd, 2009

(no subject) @ 10:59 am


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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From:aaronjv
Date:December 23rd, 2009 10:33 am (UTC)
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So RK was a subsistence farmer when he did just that for Everquest, was it?
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From:dogofthefuture
Date:December 23rd, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
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There's an interesting Cory Doctorow story that touches on the gold farming. Um. I guess that was all I had. Heh.

Journal of No. 118