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NYT on WoW gold farming


Josh posted a bit about gold farming the other day, but now the New York Times is following suit with an article, aptly titled, Ogre to Slay? Outsource it to the Chinese by David Barboza. We just love seeing NYT headlines like this one.

In any case, it's an interesting read, giving us the gold farming experience from the perspective of actual Chinese gold farmers. We already knew that Blizzard sees gold farming as being illegal, but it's interesting to see the people involved in it as a business talk about it as if it were akin to working on Wall Street.

One 23-year-old gamer, named Wandering in Azeroth (so watch out for 'Wandering') notes: "I make about $250 a month, which is pretty good compared with the other jobs I've had. And I can play games all day." $250 a month for playing World of Warcraft? Perhaps we should look into launching a WOW Insider Chinese. If these gold farmers can write, they could probably make more money blogging the game than gaming the game and the gold farming industry would diminish (Yeah, right!).

Thanks to WOW Insider Reader, Dr. Funbags, for sending this one in!


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