It's rare to hear gold farmers
speak up and give details on their business, which is exactly what the folks at Terra Nova have unearthed. Despite the
, not all gold, plat or
gil farmers in massively multiplayer games are Chinese; an American farmer who made something approaching $150,000 in a
year from platinum harvesting has come forward on an Everquest
board to speak out.
This history of gold farming in Everquest, from a first-person perspective, is fascinating. However, if this farmer
is indicative of the profession, then it seems that foreign competition and the use of exploits are seriously
threatening "home-grown" farmers' businesses. As Terra Nova points out, the question is whether anyone other
than the farmers really cares.