Chinese Prisoners Forced to Play Videogames

World of Warcraft was just one of the games prisoners were forced to play...

Play, or Else

As funny as the title sounds, this is no laughing matter. It has been reported that in some Chinese prisons, guards have been forcing prisoners to play MMORPGs for up to twelve hours a day. The goal was to obtain gold in the game and then sell it in the real world for hundreds of dollars. It was estimated that the guards could be making around $900 (US) dollars a day. If the prisoners did not comply and play the online games, guards would physically abuse them. One such prisioner forced to play the game recalls his abuse:

If I couldn’t complete my work quota, they would punish me physically. They would make me stand with my hands raised in the air and after I returned to my dormitory they would beat me with plastic pipes. We kept playing until we could barely see things.

These reports are disturbing and they make the world of videogames look less than angelic. Have videogames become so involved with real money that people think they need slaves to make in-game cash?

Source: Tech Spot

One Response to “Chinese Prisoners Forced to Play Videogames”
  1. Encrazed Crafts says:

    “These reports are disturbing and they make the world of videogames look less than angelic.”

    Noooo. That makes CHINA look less than angelic! Yes, the same country that ignores almost all regulations to ship out shoddy products for a quick euro, who poisoned children and babies via toys with lead-based paints, and killed hundred of animals with (yet again) lead in the dry animal food they mass produced, forces their prisoners to play games to profit. How low do you have to be to physically intimidate and torture people for your own personal gain? I mean, in the states we call that “tax season” but still, they don’t quite use plastic pipes…

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