Gold farming and the digital sweatshop

Playing online games for 12 hours is a fulltime job for thousands of Chinese workers. They’re accumulating virtual money — or “gold” — which they can sell for real cash. But it’s a dull and labor-intensive job with limited payoffs.

Listen to China’s ‘Gold Farmers’ Play a Grim Game from NPR’s Morning Edition and read the New York Times article, Ogre to Slay? Outsource It to Chinese. Contribute your knowledge of “Gold farming” to the Whats New Media Wiki.

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