Virtual Gaming Worlds Converting Fake Online Currency Into Real Cash for Katrina Victims

Virtual gaming worlds came under fire (so to speak) for allowing users to buy more advanced characters, weapons, land and so on, but in an interesting twist, players from two virtual world games not only created virtual memorial sites complete with virtual candles, they are also are converting their virtual cash into real money for the Katrina flood victims, and even getting matching funding from the gaming companies themselves.

There is also a site by gamers for gamers called GamersRelief that pledges 100% of all donations to the Red Cross as a way of showing the world that gamers are not the blood-thirsty shoot ’em up loners they are often stereotyped as.

Alice Asks: With so many disasters, will a donation booth simply be part of all gaming worlds from now on?

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