Thursday, March 8, 2007

Play Money

Pretty quick read, this one: Play Money: Or, How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot. In the genre of "guy quits his job and spends a year doing something different", which I seem to like. This guy, Julian Dibbell, decided to see if he could better his yearly salary as a writer by selling virtual items in a few different MMORPGs. (If you don't know that wonderful acronym, please follow the link.) I've always been fascinated by the concept, but not so much that I actually am interested in playing in one. At any rate, he makes a go of it, delving into the social and economic aspects of the game, the shady bits and the nebulous tax status of the virtual economy, but always keeps it very readable. Only recommended if you're interested in that sort of thing...

Book 14

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've heard of the MMORPGs, something my brother is in to- but not to this extent. Thought it sounded interesting, pretending to be someone else on the Internet, but then don't a lot of people do that anyway? At least this person was able to make some money while he was at it (legally?). Was this a non-fiction book? Sounds interesting... (Really enjoying "Good Omens" BTW. :)