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Gold Farming in China. NY Times Article.

June 19th, 2007

The Life of the Chinese Gold Farmer

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Published: June 17, 2007

It was an hour before midnight, three hours into the night shift with nine more to go. At his workstation in a small, fluorescent-lighted office space in Nanjing, China, Li Qiwen sat shirtless and chain-smoking, gazing purposefully at the online computer game in front of him. The screen showed a lightly wooded mountain terrain, studded with castle ruins and grazing deer, in which warrior monks milled about. Li, or rather his staff-wielding wizard character, had been slaying the enemy monks since 8 p.m., mouse-clicking on one corpse after another, each time gathering a few dozen virtual coins — and maybe a magic weapon or two — into an increasingly laden backpack.

Julian Dibbell has written a book entitled Play Money which explores the implications of Chinese Gold Farming in World of Warcraft.

A short story called Anda’s Game which also involves Chinese gold farmers can also be found in Cory Doctrow’s new collection of shortstories Overclocked.

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