Internet-age miners were always associated with RuneScape gold massively multiplayer online games, or MMOs like Ultima Online as well as World of Warcraft. They even worked on several text-based virtual realms, said Julian Dibbell, now a technology transactions lawyer who once wrote about virtual economies in his journalistic work.
In the past, many of these gold-miners were primarily situated in China. They hunkered down in improvised factories where they fought virtual ogres and pillaged their corpses during 12-hour shifts. There were instances of Chinese government employing prisoners to gold farm.
In RuneScape the black market economy that the gold farmers benefited from was relatively small--until 2013. Many players were not happy with how much the computer game had changed since it was first introduced in 2001. The players subsequently asked Jagex to restore a prior version. Jagex published a new version of the game from its archives, and players returned to what came to be called Old School RuneScape.
Many of these players were like Mobley. They played RuneScape in their teens and loved the graphically slick graphics and a groovy soundtrack. Although these 20 and old school runescape buy gold 30-year-olds had hours to spare as children but they had to take on responsibilities that went beyond schoolwork.