30 May '11, 2am

China convicts 'forced to play online games': "Gold farming" is the practice of building up credits and online v...

China convicts 'forced to play online games': "Gold farming" is the practice of building up credits and online v...

BY DAY, the prisoners toiled under the sun, breaking rocks and digging trenches in coal mines in north-east China. By night, the jailbirds were reportedly forced into "gold farming" - playing online games to earn credits that their guards would later trade for real cash, reported British newspaper Guardian. "Gold farming" is the practice of building up credits and online value through the monotonous repetition of basic tasks in online games such as World of Warcraft. While the assets earned are virtual, they can be traded for real cash in a business beyond the control of the games' makers. Millions of gamers around the world are willing to pay real money for such online credits. A former prisoner at the Jixi labour camp in Heilongjiang province told the paper he reckoned the inmates' nightly "chores" slaying demons and casting spells were more lucrative than their daytime ...

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