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  • noun online gaming The business of farming/grinding for in-game currency (gold in many games) and items in massively multiplayer online games for for-profit resale outside of the game.
  • verb Present participle of gold farm.


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  • "Nearly 500,000 people in developing nations earn a wage making virtual goods in online games to sell to players, a study has found. Research by Manchester University shows that the practice, known as gold farming, is growing rapidly.


    In many online games virtual cash remains rare and many people turn to suppliers such as gold farmers to get money to outfit avatars with better gear, weapons or a mount. Some gold farming operations offer other services such as 'power levelling' in which they assume control of a player's character and turn it into a high-powered hero far faster than the original owner could manage themselves."

    - 'Poor earning virtual gaming gold', BBC website, 22 August 2008.

    August 23, 2008

  • A favorite occupation for Chinese teenagers who are employed as "gold farmers" in certain MMORPG games, such as World of Warcraft.

    August 23, 2008