Gold Farming by Alpha Geeks…

I was reading today about the people who “gold farm” – To those infamiliar with this it’s people who repeatedly collect valuable items in online role-playing games, often (but not always) to sell them on for real world money. People sometimes gold farm as a job. This intreagues me. There are no so many businesses that are spanning the real and virtual, even the mafia are getting in on the act with their presence on Secondlife.

Coming back to gold farming it’s worth seeing Wikipedia article which suggests that over 100,000 Chinese are employed to gold farm and that Korea are looking at bringing in legislation to deal with it. It’s a facinating article and shows the extent of the problem and some fo the methods being employed to deal with it.

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About willwoods
I'm Head of Learning and Teaching Technologies in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University.

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