China Bans Gold Farming

In an attempt to stop gambling and other illegal activities the Chinese government has decided to ban all forms of trade that turn virtual items in to real world cash. According to the official press release from the Ministry of Commerce….. The virtual currency, which is converted into real money at a certain exchange rate, will only be allowed to trade in virtual goods and services provided by its issuer, not real goods and services. Considering the amount of money that transfers hands in this business, I don’t think gold farming is going away.

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My Take On the Not-So-Fearsome H1N1 Control Protocols

Hello world, I know I’ve been absent for the last week and a half, but with good reason. I just recently returned from a business trip to Japan, and I got to experience firsthand the Japanese screening procedures and fear of H1N1. Unfortunately, one side-effect of that trip was falling behind on what’s going on in the rest of the world, but among other posts I want to write in the next few days is a post on H1N1, and I found two articles: one from ScienceDaily on a pandemic screening program, and one from Joystiq about Japanese companies pulling out of E3.

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