Yet Another Post About Gold-Farming That 90% of You Will Ignore

Yes, the majority of MMO players-even the ones who gobble up extraneous helpful gameplay articles, avoid this topic as if it’s laced with something that’s harmful to them a used colostomy bag.

So let me lay this out as short and sweet as I can.

Your refusal to learn about what Gold-Farming is and does, is just as bad as being a Gold-Farmer!

People have a personal responsibility that cannot be entirely overlooked while they’re playing an MMO.

Let me give you an example from the Northeastern town I grew up in- I like to call it “The Middle of Nowhere”.

Take:

  • 1 married couple that opened up a gaming center for kids
  • Said kids with complete lack of responsibility to behave

What we ended up with was after a short 3 months the kids did tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage, and the place closed.   Why did the kids do it?  It was a great place complete with pool tables, arcade machines, virtual golf, a kitchen to order food, with music blaring throughout.  Now it’s nothing.

  • Maybe they didn’t know better
  • Maybe they’d never been raised properly
  • Maybe they didn’t take responsibility for their actions.

If you want to drive a car, for fun, it’s a person’s personal responsibility to know the rules and regulations and how to operate the vehicle.

In MMORPG’s that are becoming increasingly popular and connecting cultures in real time all over the world, personal responsibility is starting to play a bigger role.

Real life business affects and is being affected by the Virtual Worlds and that includes virtual and real world crime!

Players need to take personal responsibility so they can not only protect themselves but ensure a fun smooth running world.

  1. DO NOT share your account…with ANYONE…EVER
  2. REMEMBER your password(s)
  3. LEARN what Gold-Farming is and how you can help stop it
  4. DO NOT buy gold or anything from a Third-party company

I can only make up an arbitrary guess, but still, it’s my guess that 85% of my regular readers won’t read this at all or even get this far.  So if you made it this far, thank you and congratulations.  Now take that next step and help save our games.

Would you like to know more?…click here to learn about why buying gold is bad for everyone.

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3 Responses to “Yet Another Post About Gold-Farming That 90% of You Will Ignore”

  1. theerivs Says:

    I disagree on views of Farmers.

    This is like the drug campaign, make gold buying legal and you would stop the “crimes”

    I’m going to tell you now. I know from experience not all gold farmers are chinese slave shop people, heck your neighbor might be a gold farmer in minesota.

    Also Farmers keep prices on the AH low, when Glider (a popular botting program), got hit and taken off the market, prices on most AH’s shot up 20-30%

    What does that mean, your average joe casual takes more time grinding out his gold, more time, more money in Blizz’s pocket.

    As the goblin’s say, Time is money friend.

  2. shadowfix Says:

    I study Law and Technology at the Tilburg University and I wrote a blogpost for the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT). With all due respect, and however I sympathise with your feelings on this topic, I’m afraid your plea for a turn-around comes too late. Vili Lehdonvirta has done some excellent research which estimates this ‘grey market’ exceded two billion USD in 2007. But that’s not the only problem here. While lawyers don’t agree on how to manage it in a different way yet, they do agree on one thing: the management of virtual item and virtual worlds by means of contract (EULA’s) alone is insufficient and can most likely not be maintained when this market grows to its projected size over the course of the next few years. The reason for this is rather technical and requires some law background to understand, but Joshua Fairfield has written a very nice article on it: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=807966.
    Whether you read it or not, fasten your seatbelts if you are going to stay on this MMORPG-vehicle, because its going to be a bumpy ride soon enough.

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