The character that pixelated on his computer screen followed the path of a hedgehog-like creature with triangular tusks and flowers sprouting from its back. Outside Marinez's home, the sun set over the dirt road. His house is about six miles from the strait that connects to the Caribbean Sea with Lake Maracaibo, one of the world's richest sources of oil.The character inspected a tunnel. Then, the herbiboar appeared, and the character attacked the OSRS gold, dazzling it. Cartoon stars circled the head of the herbiboar. The creature reached out, picked the herbs off of his back and gained more than 2,000 experience points.

In the following days, Marinez continued to hunt herbiboars, spending more than 36 hours working on the hunt. "There are times I simply cannot bear the sight of the game, however, when it's for a profit, I'll accept it for a moment," he messaged me in Spanish He added later that "It's just my job. It's the only way I'm at a point where I can live."

Marinez aged 20 an old man "does services" for other players in Old School RuneScape, a massively multiplayer online online role-playing game. The players around the world pay him, usually through Bitcoin, to go on quests and level up the skills of their characters such as cheap OSRS gold.