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The BBC Examines Real Money Transactions

Posted Wed, Feb 06, 2008 by Aelryn

Zenke quotes abound!

The BBC has a new article up which discusses the monetary and gray market aspects of online games. It shouldn't be anything new to most of you reading this, but it's an interesting article anyway.

Life can be tough for the novice characters that players create in games such as World of Warcraft, Runescape and Tabula Rasa because they are unskilled and poor.

While skills will improve as monsters are slaughtered and quests are completed, the scarcity of cash can be a brake on progress for many gamers.

Many fix the problem by turning to a gold seller and buying a chunk of in-game cash, using real world money, to fund their advancement. This is despite the fact that the terms and conditions of many games ban the buying and selling of in-game gear for real money.

Check it out at the BBC.

[Via RPGDot]

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