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Play Money: Or, How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot
     

Play Money: Or, How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot

by Julian Dibbell, Grover Gardner (Read by)
 

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Play Money explores the remarkable new phenomenon of MMORPGs, or Massively MultiPlayer Online Role-Playing Games, in which hundreds of thousands of players operate fantasy characters in virtual environments. With city-sized populations, these games generate their own cultures, governments, and social systems and, inevitably, their own economies, which spill

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Play Money explores the remarkable new phenomenon of MMORPGs, or Massively MultiPlayer Online Role-Playing Games, in which hundreds of thousands of players operate fantasy characters in virtual environments. With city-sized populations, these games generate their own cultures, governments, and social systems and, inevitably, their own economies, which spill over into the real world. The desire for virtual goods-magic swords, enchanted breastplates, and special, hard-to-get elixirs-has spawned a cottage industry of “virtual loot farmers”: people who play the games just to obtain fantasy goods that they can sell in the real world. The best loot farmers can make between six figures a year and six figures a month. Play Money is an extended walk on the weird side: a vivid snapshot of a subculture whose denizens were once the stuff of mere sociological spectacle but now-with computer gaming poised to eclipse all otherentertainments in dollar volume, and with the lines between play and work, virtual and real increasingly blurred-look more and more like the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596591233
Publisher:
Gildan Audio
Publication date:
10/09/2007
Series:
Your Coach in a Box Ser.
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet the Author

Julian Dibbell's writing has appeared in Details, Spin, Harper's, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Le Monde, The Village Voice, and TIME. In the 2002-2003 academic year he was a visiting fellow at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. He is the author of My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a Virtual World and is currently a contributing editor for Wired magazine. He lives in South Bend, Indiana.

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