From the BlogRolling Dept.
Dislogue--"Books, Culture, Fishing, and Other Games"--has a very thoughtful posting about the ethics of virtual asset trading entitled On the "Moral Repugnancy" of External Markets for Virtual Goods. This was brought about by Julian's appearance on NPR and the almost universal distaste of the callers-in for his method of making cash. (He should have stayed the honest brothel-keeper that we all knew and loved)
I could seek to summarise the Dislogue posting, but this would end up a little like the guy who speed-read "War and Peace" in 10 minutes and, when asked what it was about, suggested that Russia was involved somehow.
Since you all can read, I'll just suggest that the following quote is the endpoint, but the journey to this point is very interesting:
"I've come around to thinking that online massively multi-player games should encourage out-of-game trading. "
Head on over.