Rise of the Gold Farmers,
This review is from: For the Win (Hardcover)
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Doctorow, acclaimed internet guru, focuses his attention in a completely different direction to his previous near future novel. This time the plot is driven by the flow of money that encapsulates the online gaming business and how gold-farming is an integral part of it. The story follows people on both sides of a power struggle that erupts as gold-farmers unite in an attempt to stand up to their bosses; the ones that lock them in rooms, deny their basic rights and pay them pittance. This is a morality tale and is rooted, as expected, in hard fact. For The Win tries too hard to make it's point and at times the story is lost amidst Doctorow's monologues. The character arcs also become difficult to follow at times, compounded by the narrative style used. For non-gamers some of the mystique may be lost, however For The Win is an interesting read for the current generation of gamers. It should also offer an insight in to the future of the gaming business for a wider audience too.