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Posted: Aug 6th 2011 8:17PM macscarfe said

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Suddenlly ganking gold farmers takes on a whole new level of risk, is he or isn't he a North Korean Agent? Do you feel lucky punk?

Posted: Aug 6th 2011 8:23PM DevilSei said

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@macscarfe

Funny enough, this guy is so off his rocker, it COULD actually be a possible risk!
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 4:38AM bobfish said

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@macscarfe

Much of the gold farming business in China is run by criminal organisations because it is a relatively safe and easy way to make money.

So for a government to decide to do it too? Not really surprising. I'd be more worried about the criminals coming after you though :)
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 2:13PM Daemodand said

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@macscarfe Suddenly, ganking gold farmers takes on a whole new level of SATISFACTION.
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Posted: Aug 6th 2011 8:20PM HereticalPenguin said

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As if I needed another reason to hate gold sellers.

Posted: Aug 7th 2011 2:31AM ShivanSwordsman said

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@HereticalPenguin

Does this mean that Homeland Security is going to start stalking botters in games? Maybe MMO companies will start banning these botters faster now that they may have "Terrorist" tags floating over their head. As for the gold buyers, well... who knows. They might actually reopen Guantanamo Bay for you nice young gentlemen. Since, y'know, you're funding that nuke waving crackpot.
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Posted: Aug 6th 2011 8:22PM Bramen said

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I wonder who will still say gold buying is a victimless crime?

Posted: Aug 7th 2011 12:23PM Apakal said

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@Bramen

I understand why my other comments were removed, but I don't see why my reply to you was deemed inappropriate. You really can twist that logic to apply to anything. Whatever.
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 3:41PM Bramen said

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@Apakal
I don't think I know what you are talking about. I don't hold the power to remove comments.

I feel that buying gold is not a victimless crime. If it supports North Korea then we all should stop. North Korea is truly evil. There are documentaries about how bad it is over there. If you speak out against the leadership you are killed. Then your parents, kids, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, and cousins all get locked away in family detention camps; where they will never be fed and have to fight to eat. Look it up.
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 6:31AM (Unverified) said

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@Bramen talk about Diablo 3 real cash auction house. Things getting more amusing by the minute.
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Posted: Aug 6th 2011 8:23PM theBeast said

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"which gathers foreign hard currency for Mr. Kim through drug trafficking, counterfeiting, arms sales, and other illicit activities."

Screenshot or it didn't happen.

Posted: Aug 6th 2011 8:35PM EndDream said

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No. F*****g. Way.

Posted: Aug 6th 2011 8:56PM alucard3000 said

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Quote from a blog on G4TV about this I found funny:
"So thirty of the top-elite North Korean computer school graduates made six million dollars over the last two years... meanwhile, in Western capitalism, Notch, the creator of Minecraft, made over $45 million (estimate) on a game with graphics that could run on a North Korean computers. Meanwhile, famous actors make 5 times the NK gang's haul for starring in dumb movies that everyone will forget in six months. Score one for Capitalism and the free market!"

Read more: http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/715172/north-korean-hackers-invading-mmos/#ixzz1UIfUo1g8

Posted: Aug 6th 2011 9:34PM real65rcncom said

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@alucard3000

I still don't get people who pay to play something like Minecraft. /shrug

45 million?
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 12:21AM Apakal said

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@real65rcncom

Have you ever played with LEGOs? Then you should understand Minecraft. Its easily the most value of any game, in any genre, on any platform, hands down.
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Posted: Aug 7th 2011 4:08PM Saker said

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@alucard3000 screw laissez-faire and the "holy-market".
Lets see some real numbers, and PROOF
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 5:33AM Nathanyel said

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@alucard3000 That's like blaming your average programmer for not earning as much money as Zuckerberg.
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Posted: Aug 6th 2011 9:28PM tooright said

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sounds like an overwhelmingly successful operation , hard to believe that NCSoft would just let this happen on their watch.

Hmmm what steps has NCSoft taken to combat RMT in any of their games .

How many hops on my "Jump to Conclusions Mat" is it going to take to draw a line from NCSoft to North Korea?

South Korean NIS needs to take a hard look at NCSoft


Posted: Aug 6th 2011 11:27PM Yukon Sam said

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If it were any more loopy, it'd be a CIA operation.

Posted: Aug 7th 2011 12:15AM Avick said

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$30 million in two years
$15 million in one year
$500,000 for each of the 30 team members
Grey market hackers make double what doctors make? You betcha. I wonder if they could have done it without the backing of the North Korean government. I can't really imagine what they'd provide that those people couldn't get for themselves for this operation.

Bottom line: No wonder this is such a big business.

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