Or, How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot
By (author) Julian Dibbell
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Play Money by Julian Dibbell
Book DescriptionPlay 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465015368
(203mm x 135mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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Presents portraits of online gamers from around the world that are paired with images of their 3D alter egos. With profiles of both real and virtual characters, this book is both an entertainment, and a serious look at a phenomenon that is shaping the way that humans interact.
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Author Biography - Julian Dibbell
Over the course of a decade of writing and publishing, Julian Dibbell has established himself as one of the most thoughtful observers of digital culture. His previous book, My Tiny Life, was published to great reviews. Dibbell's essays and articles have appeared in Details, Spin, Harper's, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Le Monde, the Village Voice, and TIME. Currently a contributing editor for Wired magazine, Dibbell lives in South Bend, Indiana.
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