In reading stories like Wang's, I can't help feeling a touch of pity for those Chinese gold farmers. I believe unemployment is rampant in China, and the gold farmers make a pittance for their long work days.
As for the main reason people buy gold from the farmers, it's to save themselves the mind numbing grinding for their own gold. You say why do they play if they don't want to experience the game? Think about single player games. Except for the lack of the community interaction of online games, they are far more fun to play. There is far less grinding and more actual story action, making it far more fun. The biggest problem in single player games is starting out so poor that by the time you can afford the best equipment, the game is over and you don't need it. And, in online games, that's true too. Hence, games like WoW create raids to get better equipment, but what for? Game's over.
So, what's the answer, who's to blame? Partly the kind of game that encourages gold farming. And then they punish the farmers. Irony. There are ways to create games that avoid the need for gold farming, but they are limited. Perhaps gold farming will always be with us, or at least until someone comes up with a really good solution for item centric games.
I was hoping there wouldn't be much loss, but knowing people and their thin skins, I did wonder. And then there are those of us who like your honesty and sense of humor. In fact, it's why I read "Loading...".
Hehe, that was totally funny. Considering the percentage of overweight people, at least here in US, I hope you don't lose members. Not everyone has a sense of humor. You tend to call a spade a spade, or should I say a shovel a shovel, since this wasn't intended to be racist. I don't know where that phrase came from, do you?
"Iâ€™m going to try a different format for the â€œReal World Newsâ€ section today, making up the headline without adding a byline. Let me know which format you prefer, the new streamlined version with Boomjack Headlines or the classic version with real headline and Boomjack created caption."
No streamlines, please, classic more fun. ;)
I live in New Mexico. I didn't know about the twin towers attack until I turned my television on in the late afternoon.
What a shame then that we didn't go after al-Queda. The entire world was in sympathy then and much could have been accomplished. Now the rest of the world shakes it's head and wonders where our priorities lie.
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