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Download Play Money: Or, How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (133 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julian Dibbell Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Play Money explores a remarkable new phenomenon that's just beginning to enter public consciousness: MMPORGs, or Massively MultiPlayer Online Role-Playing Games, in which hundreds of thousands of players operate fantasy characters in virtual environments the size of continents. With city-sized populations of nearly full-time players, 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 other entertainments 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chip | 5/31/2013

    " Very Interesting book on the history and economy of virtual worlds. There's actually a monetary "exchange rate" between real money and everquest2 money. I really liked this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maria | 2/10/2013

    " I found this book really fascinating. I had no idea this type of thing existed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bryan | 1/11/2013

    " A pretty astounding book that introduced me to virtual worlds and the people and economy that can crop up around them "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christian | 11/25/2012

    " nice, anecdotal story "

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