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Gold Farming

Gold farming is a term reserved for players of VR Gameworlds such as World of Warcraft, or EverQuest, whose entire time online is spent getting as many in-world virtual items or money as possible, with the express intent of converting it to US dollars, and from there into whatever currency is desired.

Many world owners look down on gold farmers as they are entirely utilising the world for their own financial gain - and nothing else.

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Playing Dirty: Farming in Virtual Gameworlds
The tale of Richard Thurman, retired outlaw in VR gameworlds. Outlaw, because he farmed them, Gold farming it is known as, playing purely to make as much in-world cash as possible, by any means necessary, to then sell for physical cash, by the boatload.


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Nearly 500,000 people in developing nations earn a wage making virtual goods in online games to sell to players, a study by Manchester University has found.

The industry, about 80% based in China, employs about 400,000 people...

Electronic Arts, operators of the first MMORPG, Ultima Online, have announced the seisure and destruction of 15 trillion in-world gold, and the suspension of 180 player accounts for bug exploitation gold farming.

The vast qua...

A new TV documentary about people who work for a living farming virtual goods in sweatshops for 12 hours a day has been produced. These players, most often chinese, p...

Gold leaf doesn't grow on trees, but it can now harvest power from the Sun. A team of US chemical engineers has extracted photosynthetic molecules from plants and attached them to thin sheets of gold, creating a photosynthesising cyborg.

The move to digital broadcasting in the UK, which is roughly six times more efficient than analogue, means that a large amount of spectrum will be released for completely new services once digital switchover is complete in 2012.