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1 goddamnedfrank  Wed, May 25, 2011 4:40:29pm

So Chinese prison guards are making money by forcing their prisoners to labor in a virtual environment so that the virtual goods earned playing the game can be sold to Western gamers in order to further an overall lack of real world productivity.

I can't even begin to think of a way to describe how fucked up this dynamic is.

2 SpaceJesus  Wed, May 25, 2011 5:28:07pm

In the US, you are released from prison when there is overcrowding. In China, you are moved to a room full of computers and beaten until you can't see straight if you don't play video games on them. This is of course, after you have been working in a fucking coal pit all day.

3 Mad Prophet Ludwig  Wed, May 25, 2011 5:57:48pm

re: #2 SpaceJesus

In the US, you are released from prison when there is overcrowding. In China, you are moved to a room full of computers and beaten until you can't see straight if you don't play video games on them. This is of course, after you have been working in a fucking coal pit all day.

Don't forget the organ harvesting.

I have a great love of Chinese history and much of the culture, but China has never been a place where human dignity carried much freight.

4 SpaceJesus  Wed, May 25, 2011 6:14:02pm

re: #3 LudwigVanQuixote


One could have said the same thing about the West for the majority of the West's history as well. It wasn't until liberals rose up in intellectual and physical force that things changed in Europe and America. China will eventually catch this same phenomena I think and hope.

5 What, me worry?  Wed, May 25, 2011 6:26:31pm

re: #1 goddamnedfrank

So Chinese prison guards are making money by forcing their prisoners to labor in a virtual environment so that the virtual goods earned playing the game can be sold to Western gamers in order to further an overall lack of real world productivity.

I can't even begin to think of a way to describe how fucked up this dynamic is.

It is. It's also illegal. I didn't realize how widespread this is in foreign markets and never knew it was tied to Chinese prisoners! Yikes!

I don't buy gold in WoW. I earn it the old fashioned way, like in real life :p But it's popular when gamers don't have a lot of time to play. If they purchase the gaming money with real money, they can buy stuff for their character and advance faster.

Actually, WoW has made it a lot easier to earn their virtual money quickly as you play, but it still takes some time, say a month to earn 1000 gold. Or you can spend $10 to a gold farmer for 10,000 gold.

The other issue when buying virtual gold, since it's not legal (the money isn't taxed) is that you don't know if you can trust the sites you're buying from with your account info. It's not unusual to get spam while you're playing ingame .WoW encourages users to report such things. I think EQ does also.

6 nines09  Wed, May 25, 2011 8:39:05pm

This sounds like a bad/too good SciFi story that grabs some small time director by the throat and doesn't let go until he has enough backing money to make the film. Then the director discovers at the premier of the film that the seed money came from actual prisoners playing a type of on line game that can make money that is as portrayed in the novel, and the guards steal it,invest it and have not only local officials to pay off, but much larger fish. As stereo sound runs roughshod without a clear key through the now larger know directors head, a song appears. Unwritten. Unknown. Unplayed. Then the now popular director receives a text msg......."Remember. It's just a tale. Only the wind."
Visit Red China and bring bail money, and one good phone number.

7 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Wed, May 25, 2011 11:13:18pm
a former prison guard who was jailed for three years in 2004 for "illegally petitioning" the central government about corruption in his hometown

What a shithole of a country.

8 Romantic Heretic  Thu, May 26, 2011 6:10:32am

re: #7 000G

What a shithole of a country.

But it's good for business.

I regard this as an example of my opinion of capitalism; that it is far more comfortable in authoritarian political systems than it is in democratic ones.

Not to say capitalism doesn't do well in democratic systems, it does very well. It just prefers authoritianism. Capitalism and democracy can have a good working relationship. But they'll never be friends.

9 Michael Orion Powell  Thu, May 26, 2011 8:07:07am

This is a whole other dynamic of absurdity.


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