Ever walked into a book store and seen those “sci-fi” literary versions of WoW (World of Warcraft)? I’m sure there is some WoWfreak out there freakish enough to actually buy them and read them (and worse enjoy them!). I had a friend who read Halo books for fun (so they do exist). However, the book I bring to you guys today is not as shamefully nerdy as a WoW book but it definitely mentions things that only WoW gamers would understand!
Today, I bring to you For the Win (by Cory Doctorow) a book about gamers from all around the world uniting to receive better wages. What are they getting paid to do? Well, to play of course! In For the Win, gamers are hired by big time factory owners to “gold farm”. Gold farming is when players get together to make as much “in-game” gold as possible then “sell” it for real money (like dollars or yuans or laks/rupees). Gold is the in-game currency a player buys things with within the game. The more in-game gold the more real money you can trade it for. However, those players are paid minimum wages while the owners gain the most revenue. Well those players fight back and try to unionize the gold-farming industry.
It’s an interesting book in my opinion, however, there are strong economic references that can confuse the hell out of a reader who isn’t familiar with the inner workings of supply and demand and/or product value. Also for those who aren’t so much the gamer type there are many words and references to MMORPGs (massive multiplayer online role playing game) that can also confuse readers. He does a good job of explaining or inferring the meaning of some of the lingo being used here, but mostly to really like this book you have to have some knowledge or some understanding for MMOs (and why/how they can be so addicting). Those would really be the only cons to this book. Give it a try and let me know what you think!