The whole real/virtual thing is a bit fuzzy

[Dave Birch] The whole world of really virtual money continues to fascinate. One thing fascinates me in particular: the relationship between virtual currency, free trade and prosperity. To be more specific: in some low labour-cost countries, such as China, people are paid to play games such as World of Warcraft and engage in the mundane and repetitive tasks, such as mining virtual gold in a virtual gold mine. They then exchange this virtual gold for real money (the traders sell the virtual gold on to people like me who are richer but time poor and can’t be bothered to play the game in this way).

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