Games become punishment: Gold farming in prison

Allison Guy
May 29th 2011

Remember the gold farmers in China who put in eye-straining hours to earn virtual money in World of Warcraft?  Gold farming has now made the leap to the country's corrupt penal system. Along with back-breaking physical labor and manufacturing work in Chinese labour camps, some prisoners are forced to play massively multiplayer online games to accrue in-game credits.  Inmates work in 12 hour shifts, and are beaten or tortured if they fall behind their quotas for the day. The virtual 'gold' is sold to players around the world eager to move ahead in the game. After games became jobs, it was inevitable that games would also become punishment.

Via: Guardian.  Image via IgxPro.

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Vampire
Posted 21/10/2013 – 09:14

Nightime unpreferable job trade of the east with daytime unpreferable job of the west

Should men be able to give birth to children?


Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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