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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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37. Re: Chinese Gold-Farming Chain Gangs May 26, 2011, 17:43 El Pit

Not gold farming, but... You'll get the idea.

Anyways, the constant ad spamming by the gold farmers in e.g. LotRO is annoying, I give you that. Fortunately, Turbine people are usually quickly banning those people. Hard times in China...

wrlwnd wrote on May 26, 2011, 16:31:
El Pit wrote on May 26, 2011, 15:17:
What I was aiming at was that idea that the evil Chinese empire would only imprison political and/or religious leaders.

Yeah, we get it. Duh.

Completely irrelevant of course. But keep making a point that has nothing to do with the abuses illustrated in the article.
Consoles? I owned two: a Pong clone and an Atari 2600. And that's it.
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