Thursday, February 07, 2002

Pure Capitalism:
BlackSnow Interactive (BSI) is a group of individuals that play, buy, and sell in various Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG). Growing from only one person nearly two years ago, to seven full-time people, this group has successfully developed a market in which they are able to supply players with gaming currency, items, or characters at competitive prices. Mythic wants BSI to cease all sales immediately.

Pay real money for items which give you nothing but status and entertainment in a make-believe world - The Norwegian law of spiritual works (åndsverksloven) aside... Money is an abstraction, the exchange of one abstraction for an other is pretty close to an economy of exchange of goods. But isn't this the high-point of industrialism? Getting paid for the time it takes to earn items which are nothing but symbols? It makes it clear that the only thing of real vaue is that which we cannot stop, cannot earn, cannot hoard: time.

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