On one hand, this is a career that 30 years ago would have been considered too fanciful for a sci-fi novel. On the other, it looking for someone to play world of warcraft with like one of the saddest jobs we’ve encountered. Think you got what it takes to write for Cracked. Please type the following code.
Hey, why can’t I vote on comments? Cracked only offers comment voting to subscribing members. Subscribers also have access to loads of hidden content. If we’ve ever made you laugh or think, we now have a way where you can thank and support us! Gold farmer” sounds like an occupation straight out of a medieval fever dream — an alchemist with a green thumb, toiling in the fields and hoping for a healthy doubloon harvest come autumn.
But the reality is far less glamorous. On one hand, it’s a career that 30 years ago would have been considered too fanciful for a sci-fi novel. On the other, it sounds like one of the saddest damned jobs we’ve encountered. Then why they hell did I even go to college? To catch up the non-gamers out there: The reason for this is that in many games, items can be bought only with virtual “gold” that is earned by spending hours killing various Tolkien-esque creatures.
Lots of players would, despite what you might think, prefer to just spend real-world cash instead. 25 in cash and save six hours of grinding? I mean, it’s OK, but the pauldrons are a little dinky, don’t you think? That’s where people like Jeremy come in — they are sort of doing the virtual equivalent of counterfeiting. Lots of it, in fact. Many employees are earning only about 10 cents on the dollar for gold gained. They rack up gold really fast,” says Jeremy.
And because it’s all virtual, there’s no quality issues associated with it. 2009, which isn’t to say that Jeremy never runs into his Eastern counterparts: “You know when you encounter them. Many Chinese and Vietnamese players have names that are mostly numbers or symbols, because some people over there don’t have English keyboards. They barely know any English and will try to avoid talking or interacting with anyone else. They also have names or give details about themselves to try to sound American, but they fall just short. One orc I thought for sure was a bot, but when I asked where he was from he responded ‘Dragon Beach, California. This confused me, because I looked it up later, and there was no Dragon Beach.