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Probably not what the Chairman had in mind…

Character buffing just took a turn for the weird. According to this article in the Guardian, China forces prisoners to play online games like World of Warcraft to amass gold, which is then traded for non-pretend money.

China traded £1.2 billion ($1.9B) in monopoly money in 2008. That’s 100,000 people who farm gold as a full-time job (presumably not counting the afore-mentioned prisoners). They can make more money selling a virtual commodity than a real one.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what income disparity can do on an international scale. While it lasts.

Me, I bought Dead Space 2 a couple of weeks ago, but promised myself I’d play through Dead Space (1) all the way at regular difficulty before I touched the new game. Finished the final boss fight earlier today, so it’s Adiós Weasel for a while.

New Dead Pool next Friday, 6pm WBT. With the demise of Jeff Conaway, Tawny joins steve on the short list of double dick recipients. Congratulations! And, ummm…nobody sit next to those two, m’kay? Have a good weekend, everyone!


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: May 27, 2011, 10:52 pm



Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: May 28, 2011, 2:53 am

Obivously the chinese aren’t getting enough “cuddle time”. They need girlfriends. Badly. or twenty bucks.

Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: May 28, 2011, 3:24 am

Chicken coop and dove cote and recon a quick run to the river for deer…garden and seed and root cellar… powder, primers and plenty of shot, firearms and reloading equipment, access to clean water and a cleared perimeter.

Bring it on.

Gold comes back into play as the foundation of world economics, displacing the free market and all it entails. China is buying gold at a furious pace, while we sit on a vast reserve of oil.

Someone will soon realize that and all hell will break loose.

Y’all know how to speak Mandarin?

Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: May 28, 2011, 3:49 am

As for a pre-post on teh celeb pool…..

(A__ W________)

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: May 28, 2011, 4:27 am

I remember reading a few years ago that ‘gold farming’ had become a lucrative racket in South Korea, and that a gang would shoot up an Internet café used by a rival gang’s peons.

(Al Capone would understand “shoot up the other gang’s location”. But trying to explain what the racket was would be… interesting.)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 28, 2011, 11:57 am

I love this shot of Her Maj. She’s got such a WTF??? look on her face.

Comment from JeffS
Time: May 28, 2011, 2:17 pm

I’m not quite as well prepared as you, Sven, but I am trying, even if I do live in town.

A small town, but still a town.

Comment from Oceania
Time: May 29, 2011, 5:06 am

I hear that there periods attract bears …

They certainly do on the beaches here. Women in the water. You go in the water … Sharks in the water …


Comment from some vegetable
Time: May 29, 2011, 1:22 pm

When you have a billion people your economy can spare a few prisoners to play video games.

Actually if you were stuck in a cell all day maybe playing video games wouldn’t be so bad. It kinda of reminds me of Monty Python’s comfy chair torture routine.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: May 29, 2011, 3:55 pm

As for a pre-post on teh celeb pool…..

(A__ W________)

Ah, if only the goal was to guess who would definitely not be resigning any time soon.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 29, 2011, 4:11 pm

Per the article, they have to play computer games AFTER they spend a day digging holes and filling them in again. Or whatever.

Comment from JeffS
Time: May 30, 2011, 1:04 am

I imagine that these are motivation for the prisoners to perform at a high level.

Comment from tawny
Time: May 30, 2011, 8:31 am

Hmm I have one weekend away and my dead pool pick passes on. You are quite safe to sit next to me, but on no account give me your full name less I write it down. 🙂

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: May 31, 2011, 12:37 am

Isn’t Abe Vigoda still alive? He’s gotta be close.

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