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Chinese Gold-Farming Chain Gangs hears from someone claiming to be a former Chinese prisoner who explains how he and other convicts were forced to farm for gold in MMORPGs. He describes a scenario where prisoners were forced to play in 12-hour shifts on computers that were never shut off. "Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labour," Liu (not his real name) told them. "There were 300 prisoners forced to play games. We worked 12-hour shifts in the camp. I heard them say they could earn 5,000-6,000rmb [470-570] a day. We didn't see any of the money. The computers were never turned off." As an aside, perhaps the most disturbing part of the story is the explanation of how this former prison guard ended up locked up in the first place, as word is he "was jailed for three years in 2004 for 'illegally petitioning' the central government about corruption in his hometown. Thanks Kxmode/Neutronbeam/Quboid.

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32. Re: Chinese Gold-Farming Chain Gangs May 26, 2011, 15:17 El Pit
Verno, thanks for your answer. Yes, that's one of the most punishing things: being alone in a cell with your guilt and nothing to distract you from thinking about it.

What I was aiming at was that idea that the evil Chinese empire would only imprison political and/or religious leaders. There's the triads, there are the usual killers, child molesters, rapists, arsonists, you name it. Crime is a worldwide problem. Of course, China has a very different legal system, and a lot of it is based on fear of anything that could endanger the power of the political leaders. People simply "disappear" without their next ones knowing what happened to them. People get executed (well, the death sentence is wide spread in the world), and some of them get murdered for their political ideas or religions. That's all true. Nevertheless, the vast majority of Chinese prisoners is not doing time for following the wrong flags or for reading the bill of rights. Plus: you can find innocent people behind bars not only in China, but in every country. In the US e.g., farmers could go to jail for not using genetically engineered germ buds from a wellknown US monopolist. Of course, these farmers wouldn't be allowed internet access in prison to do some gold farming.
Consoles? I owned two: a Pong clone and an Atari 2600. And that's it.
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