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Harsh World (continued)

The theme of immigrant worker being harassed by Westerners who feel they own the land and can arbitrate what constitutes as acceptable labor is one that is hard to escape. Another player draws out why this is so frustrating for her.

I think its strange how people get so upset about credit farmers in SWG. What is more interesting to me is the fact that they are more upset about the negative effects it has on their game, rather then the poor, dollar an hour people in a basement doing the farming in some foreign country just to get by. Just seems very hypocritical, so it's hard for me to have any strong feelings about it. [SWG, F, 21]

Let me end this section with a narrative that hints at the many ambiguities in the interactions between these foreign workers and the "native" players.

This one time I was in the Ironforge Auction House and a gold farmer came up to me and asked me if I wanted to buy some gold. I played along with him for a while. I asked him why he became a gold farmer and he basically said he was a high schooler who needed to make some money. I told him I wanted to buy 1000 gold from him and he said I had to pay (like $20 or something) before he would give it to me. I told him I wanted proof he had the gold before I paid anything. He said to wait a minute and then he ran to the mail box and came back and opened a trade window. He put 1000 gold in it. I told him that he has to click trade before it shows up and he said no you didn't, that I would steal his gold. I told him it was added in the last patch, and to try it with 1 gold if he didn't believe me. So he put 1g in and clicked trade. I took his one gold and left. I think they ruin the economy of the game. [WoW, M, 22]

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