Chinese prisoners were forced into 'gold farming' – building up credits on online games such as World of Warcraft.
As a prisoner at the Jixi labour camp, Liu Dali would slog through tough days breaking rocks and digging trenches in the open cast coalmines of north-east China. By night, he would slay demons, battle goblins and cast spells.
Liu says he was one of scores of prisoners forced to play online games to build up credits that prison guards would then trade for real money. The 54-year-old, a former prison guard who was jailed for three years in 2004 for "illegally petitioning" the central government about corruption in his hometown, reckons the operation was even more lucrative than the physical labour that prisoners were also forced to do...
Retrode 2 is a clever little USB accessory that lets you play your old SNES and Sega Genesis cartridges on your PC, the way they were meant to be played… with a controller – it has ports for both types.At $85, it is a little bit pricey, but if you have a large game collection that you don’t want to let go then it is one sweet piece of equipment. Working retro consoles are only going to get more expensive and harder to source – and this kills two birds with one stone.
Your will need to download an emulator for each system, but those are free and easy to find.
Note: Unfortunately after two years, my gamertag has been changed due to the terms and agreements changes of Xbox Live. This is not a big deal because I don't really play too much anyway and all I had to do was change it...
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