The "Stalk Market" in Animal Crossing (where players speculate on the value of turnips) and a faux stock exchange within Grand Theft Auto V are two examples of pretend investments that gamers can make, Josh Lowensohn writes. Third-party tools can help manipulate such markets. "Why do people go this far for something so seemingly simple as in-game currency? For both Animal Crossing and GTA, the answer is effort. Amassing wealth in both games can be a grind, whereas exploits pave a speedy road to riches," he writes.
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