If you remember RS gold, a fantasy-themed massively multiplayer online role-playing game published by Jagex, it is probably as”that crummy-looking game you played a few months 10 decades back.” But it runs just fine on hardware that has not been called state-of-the-art in more than a decade, meaning that it’s available to many in Venezuela who are strapped for cash, and its gold still fetches a fairly real estate penny.
Gold farming, broadly speaking, is the custom of grinding in a game specifically for the purpose of producing in-game money or other material to be exchanged for real-world money. As soon as it’s illegal by Runescape’s rules, it is also a comparatively secure and comfortable job at a place where one’s safety is by no means guaranteed.
“I gold farm mostly for the raw benefits of it,” a player who goes by the deal Fhynal told me through DMs. “I do not have to venture out. That may sound strange, but we live with a great deal of crime. If you want to go out, you have to use a bus, [which increases your] propensity to be robbed.”
This adds up to”double, sometimes triple” the average monthly salary in Venezuela, he said, even factoring in the occasional week he takes off to maintain a”low profile” and avoid getting caught.For Fhynal, it is just enough to make ends meet for himself and his mom, so long as inflation doesn’t hurl food prices to the stratosphere.
“The truth is, there are people who, when they did not play, they could cheap OSRS gold not eat and would die of hunger,” a former Runescape farmer who wanted to stay anonymous told me on Facebook. “I have friends who play every day and if they don’t play, they do not eat that day.”