Quote:There's a world of difference between making sneakers and watching bots fight all day.
That's a pretty true statement, I think. Given the choice between sewing Nike shoes together with my bare hands or running a bot, I suppose the choice would be easy in that situation.
That's not to say that this type of taking advantage of poor people is excusable or has any redeeming qualities for "Smooth Criminal" and his ilk. But that's the story of newly created industries, repeated time and time again throughout history. It is amazing how the "free market" will find and fill any niche, in any way possible. It is at the same time both a testament to the power of capitalism, and an indictment of its failures.
I've always been fascinated with the economic results that the online communities create. Economics is a crazy science, crazy enough in the "real world", and apparently even moreso online. Sometimes the results are anticipated; more often they are not. I'm sure the examples in this article could never have been anticipated (or prevented) by the creators of the game software. I don't find it inherrently evil or good-- just ... money driven.
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