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6-30-2009 @ 1:51AM
I think you all are missing the point here; this isn't all rainbows and puppy dogs. Have you all read up what the bulk of these guys (and I do mean guys) are doing? It tends to be young, single men, part of the growing and changing young lower/"middle" class of urban China. They aren't supporting families, they're supporting themselves. It's not a matter of life and death, these are subsistence farmers . They aren't boldly and bravely facing the world of Azeroth to make it a better place, no they're carving out their own little spot in the world, which is cool, it's fine. But they're doing it against the rules of at least one game they're profiting from.For the guys selling virtual goods in games that were cool with it, hey no problem, it really does suck for them (I'm assuming they're all legit). But lest you forget what a lot of these companies and workers really do: hack, scam, steal, delete. Un-sanctioned gold sellers were hacking and pillaging accounts at such a high rate that a video game company (let that sink in) had to get Security tokens on a level with securing corporate finance accounts. Sunshine and rainbows it isn't. So it wasn't illegal, but it was both immoral (in the case of the worse companies) and exploitative for those companies that only farmed and sold.Now onto the "hard work" issue; I don't have any claim on being the hardest working person in the world, or the one that went through the most hardships, nor the one that was born into the worst situations. But I've had to work crappy jobs cleaning toilets, scrubbing dishes, all that, then on to oppressive retail jobs, then to studying until 2 or 3 in the morning so I understand the value of hard work. Hell, I've worked two jobs more than once. I don't talk down to the guys at McDonalds (more likely Carl's/Hardy's for me), I tip well, I'm not an ass. This "solidarity of the downtrodden global worker" is a crock. These guys aren't downtrodden, they aren't indentured servants of an oppressive slave driver. They worked in a low-rent warehouse, essentially a call center.My entire point here is that how do people that ruin the game experience for at least hundreds of thousands of players, who at the least spam, at the worst hack and steal, how do they deserve any sympathy or any mention other than "they're out of a job"? Times are tough, jobs are lost, you do your best to keep your job, and in the case of Chinese gold farmers, you a) work in a game that allows this stuff and b) pray the powers-that-be don't create laws like this. What else can you do? I personally say good-riddance. I hope you get a job in a field with a more legal underpinning.
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