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Macleans has posted an insightful article on gold farming and how it affects an online game. This is the first non-gaming print magazine article that I have read that has hit the topic dead-on and explained it to non-gamers in a way that should make perfect sense.
"So what? you might think; these are just games. Except they aren't. Any place where thousands of people can move about trading goods and building property and killing people and so on is not a game, it is a world, and its residents are not players but members of a community. It is probably no longer terribly useful to divide the world into "virtual" and "real" aspects, as the realm of atoms and the realm of bits become drawn into an integrated system of technologies, institutions, and cultural products. We don't yet have a good name for this new world -- the "metaverse" and the "technium" are two attempted coinages -- but if gold farming is any indication, we have a good sense of what it will be like. For better and for worse, it will be just like the old world, but more so."
Gold farming isn't going away any day soon, but perhaps if enough people voice their opinion servers will appear that are strictly enforced.
There's gold in them thar games. Yosemite Sam says.
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