As the sneering became deafening, this Slashdot comment rose above the whine to make a telling point:
You could call this social criticism
by panurge (573432) on Tuesday August 12, @07:41AM (#6673237)
What are the established churches but ways of making real money out of virtual worlds? The clergy get paid for exploring, reporting on, and handling virtual goods in, a spiritual realm that is actually invisible and whose existence is unproven. At least with online games, the players can experience the virtual environment.
I guess you could say the same thing about much of commercial law, the stock market,and insurance. And there is more money in all these things than in being a real producer or creator.