In the past, a lot of these gold-miners were mostly OSRS gold
. Some of them hunkered down in tiny factories where they slayed virtual ogres as well as looted their corpses over 12-hour hours. There were stories of Chinese government using prisoners to gold farm.
In RuneScape the black market economy that the gold farmers benefited from was relatively small--until 2013. The players were dissatisfied the extent to which the game has evolved since it first released in 2001. So, they asked Jagex to reintroduce a prior version. Jagex released a version from its archive, and users flocked back to what would later be called Old School RuneScape.
A lot of these players were similar to Mobley. They played RuneScape as teenagers, and looked nostalgically back on the graphic graphics and the groovy soundtrack. Although the 20- and 30-year-olds had hours to spare as buy OSRS GP
They now had responsibilities that went beyond schoolwork.