Chinese prisoners forced to farm video game currency

By Matthew · 47 replies
May 26, 2011
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  1. According to a report by the Guardian, Chinese prisoners are being forced to slave away at MMORPGs. One such detainee claims he was one of 300 people required to play…

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  2. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +345

    Makes you wonder what sort of a screwed up world we live in. The Chinese are physically forced against their will to play WoW for hours upon hours a day and we've got fools over here in the west, hordes of morons subjecting themselves to it voluntarily.
  3. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    Gotta love Communism, comrade.
  4. A dream for the jailed gamer.
  5. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

  6. davimous

    davimous TS Rookie Posts: 55   +9

    Except in the rest of the world you don't get beat with pipes for under performing. Unless you have a mean wife.
  7. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,072   +428

    You also don't have to deal with guards and crazy people in other countries.

    Edit: There are plenty of crazy gamers else ware.
  8. Okey, now, where is that chinese constitution?
  9. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

  10. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    This is so surreal. Just the concept of paying someone else to play a computer game for you is weird enough, but to think that there is a prisoner somewhere who is being forced to play your PC for you...too weird.

    I guess no different than someone making my shoes or shirt in a sweatshop somewhere, but somewhat more personal.
  11. This is actually more humane than having prisoners do manual labor.
  12. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +345

    You're kidding, right? Forcing people to play WoW is humane? I consider that to be right up there with waterboarding.
  13. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    You know that this means China will soon be the fattest country in the world...
  14. Nore hot pockets!
  15. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    You have two choices.

    (1) Mine coal in a sweaty dark cave with dust in your lungs and in your eyes? or (2) sit infront of a computer and mine digital gold while listening to music?

    Force labor is nothing new in prison camps. Choice 2 is ingenious BTW
  16. waterboarding?
  17. ihaveaname

    ihaveaname TS Enthusiast Posts: 107

    Am I the only one who thinks that maybe, just maybe, the story isn't 100% legit?
  18. Zecias

    Zecias TS Booster Posts: 202

    yeah it might not be humane making them play wow for 12 hours straight but it is a hell of alot better than life threatening manual labor.

    have u ever played an MMORPG?
  19. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    They don't have the wontpower of American's to be Number 1*...nor the determination to make sure that no coronary thrombosis goes unrealised.

    (* Small Pacific islands that have been Americanized excluded)
  20. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    OHHHHH thats hitting below the 58" belt. :haha:
  21. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    I doubt that these prisoners are actually playing for any entertainment value. Gold farming for 12 hours day after day sure doesn't sound like fun does it?

    On the flip side something is seriously messed up when a computer game actually creates a virtual real world economy (is that an oxymoron?).
  22. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Who knew? Never even heard on gold-farming until now. Just going by those numbers, thats an average of $2,000 per person, not so impressive over a course of a year. Will keep my day job (of which i should be doing right now)
  23. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    I remember a story of a China bloke a few months back who basically just dropped dead after 3 days of solid gaming in an internet cafe. You do have to wonder what it's doing for their mental health.

    Better than physical labour?....I wouldn't say so.
  24. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    Human rights have been breached that's all i can say.
  25. Gars

    Gars TS Booster Posts: 232

    'grinding' and 'farming' are not equal to 'playing'

    'playing' implies some enjoyment - questing, parties, dungeons, etc
    and for sure excludes plastic pipes (imo)

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