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Here's where I, Penelopae, blog about all things gaming. From text-based MUDs to the latest graphic adventures, I'm open to playing all games equally and without bias. Why don't you join me?

Author: penelopae

How I Became a Millionaire Playing Video Games

Posted by penelopae Monday June 18 2012 at 5:55PM
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Okay, I have to confess. It wasn’t me who made millions, but the half-elf mage I play in an MMORPG. And he wasn’t playing video games – he was playing the global commodities market. Can you blame him? Doing the same quests day in and day out is boring. So is fighting the same mobs that just respawn, over and over again no matter how many times they’re killed. Fortunately for me, the game I play has an auction house; it’s one of the most popular features! Before I knew it, I was rolling in millions more than my peers and it wasn’t difficult at all.

But that’s not really what this post is about. You see, a few years ago when I blogged about a similar topic, I started getting spam emails telling me how I could make a million dollars in real life by playing video games. Um…right, and beautiful pink pigs are flying around outside my window in a dazzling techno-color display of awesomeness. Fortunately I didn’t fall for it – but there was one I did fall for, revealed below. Here are some of the biggest scams involving not only video games, MMORPGs, and MUDs on your computer, but also ones on your cellphone, as well as how you can avoid being falling victim to them.
  • Free Phone Games Lead to High Phone Bills – Why? Because while you’re playing the game, your Windows phone is secretly dialing long distance numbers at premium rates that are billed to you, dear gamer. And don’t fall for the “Take this quiz and we’ll text you your results – and give you free social networking credits” trick, either. What they’re really doing is billing you for a high-priced subscription, and no matter how high your IQ really is you’ll feel pretty dumb seeing the charge on your cellphone bill. (I know I did!)
  • One Time Fee for Unlimited Free Games – Does that sound too good to be true? Guess what! It is TOTALLY too good to be true. If the “service” involves file sharing, then it’s probably also a form of piracy and therefore totally illegal.
  • Place Your Bets! – Actually, don’t place your bets. There are no federal laws in America that prevent you from throwing your money away on games like poker, blackjack, and roulette. But why would you throw away perfectly good cash? In all honesty I had a lot more fun at the betting tables in my favorite MUDs.
  • Being scammed? Go Phish! – Phishing scams are almost as old as email itself. Usually you’ll get an email that appears like it’s sent from the game developers, asking you to confirm some part of your account – like your account number, password, etc. Once you click the website and enter your personal information, it’s like you’ve just handed your wallet to a total stranger.
Falling victim to scams leads to a horrible reputation with your friends, your family, but worst of all with your creditors. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. And if it sounds like it might be a scam, it probably is. Never click links in email, ad never accept emails from websites you don’t trust.
Have you ever been victimized by a scam? Know someone who was? Share your story! I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.