Turns it out it’s not all that fun to be playing video games for a living, contrary to what many people might think. Julian Dibbell wrote a fascinating article interviewing and describing life in Chinese gold farms for the New York Times. I was particularly interested in the parallel between gold farming and other systematized industrial work (i.e. working in a factory). Lisa Nakamura mentions Dibbell’s article briefly in her essay, so I’m sharing this for anyone interested in learning more!
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