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    Big Grin Gamer buys virtual Island for real $

    That's right!

    A 22-year-old gamer has spent $26,500 (13,700) on an island that exists only in a computer role-playing game (RPG).

    The Australian gamer, known only by his gaming moniker Deathifier, bought the island in an online auction.

    The land exists within the game Project Entropia, an RPG which allows thousands of players to interact with each other.
    Any takers?
    What?

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    You mean it was you, and now you want to get rid of it?
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    "A fool and his money are soon parted."
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    That would make that seafront property in new mexico expression take a whole new meaning.

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    What's the problem?

    After all, it's little different from spending thousands of $ for a painting.
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    Originally posted by Spiffor
    What's the problem?

    After all, it's little different from spending thousands of $ for a painting.
    Equally stupid IMO.
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    Originally posted by Spiffor
    What's the problem?

    After all, it's little different from spending thousands of $ for a painting.
    that's a strong point.

    I would point out that paintings are enjoyed by most people, though.

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    Originally posted by Asher
    Equally stupid IMO.
    There's nothing stupid with wasting your money where you wish
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    Originally posted by Spiffor
    What's the problem?

    After all, it's little different from spending thousands of $ for a painting.
    Aside from a painting (usually) being art.
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    Originally posted by Tattila the Hun
    You mean it was you, and now you want to get rid of it?
    I'll say again: any takers?


    What?

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    Wink

    Originally posted by General Ludd


    Aside from a painting (usually) being art.
    ppffft. opressor.

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    OTOH we may have a clue as to why Horsie has to move to Korea: Mrs. Horse may have just found out about this...
    What?

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    Really, I don't see what is "stupid" here, unless you consider buying a computer game, paying to see a movie, or spending money at an expansive restaurant instead of a cheap joint, is "stupid".

    The guy values this symbolic good very much. It brings some contentment to him to have bought it. Y'all consider this island worthless, but he (and the other members of the auction) doesn't. The value of something is what someone else would be willing to pay you know
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    libertarianism

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    Actually, by reading the article, I'm more surprised at this. The guy has actually made an investment to earn money

    The virtual island includes a gigantic abandoned castle and beautiful beaches which are described as ripe for developing beachfront property.

    Deathifier will make money from his investment as he is able to tax other gamers who come to his virtual land to hunt or mine for gold.

    He has also begun to sell plots to people who wish to build virtual homes.

    "This type of investment will definitely become a trend in online gaming," said Deathifier.

    The Entopia economy lets gamers exchange real currency into PED (Project Entropia Dollars) and back again into real money.

    Ten PEDs are the equivalent to one US dollar and typical items sold include iron ingots ($5) and shogun armour ($1.70)

    Gamers can theoretically earn money by accumulating PEDs through the acquisition of goods, buildings, and land in the Entropia universe.

    MMORPGs have become enormously popular in the last 10 years with hundreds of thousands of gamers living out alternate lives in fantasy worlds.

    Almost 200,000 people are registered players on Project Entropia.
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    Yep: i predict that by the time this thread hits 200 views we'll have someone here who has signed on to this.

    Hell: Asher may be there right now!
    What?

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    Yeah, we've heard about all of this, and many a libertarian creamed their pants over this.

    Btw, can one conquer stuff, and drive him away from his island, in game?

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    Originally posted by Azazel
    Btw, can one conquer stuff, and drive him away from his island, in game?
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    Originally posted by Spiffor
    What's the problem?

    After all, it's little different from spending thousands of $ for a painting.

    More like buying an unnumbered lithograph by a living artist, dont you think?
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    What?

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    Originally posted by Spiffor

    That would be only fair. Otherwise, where's the gaming interest?

    /me wants to spawn into the game with a party of storm troopers in power armors, to smite away those bow and sabre totting *******s.

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    Maybe you can buy your own militia or finance a revolution on his Island... But as it says: it's your own real money that you use...

    For those who do have the $, i guess it can be interesting.
    What?

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    Originally posted by Azazel


    * Azazel wants to spawn into the game with a party of storm troopers in power armors, to smite away those bow and sabre totting *******s.
    Project Entropia is set in a sci-fi environment.
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    oh, damn. Well, I'll guess I'll need the bigger raygun, or something.

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    Re: Gamer buys virtual Island for real $

    Kind of gives new meaning to the term 'ficticious capital'
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    Earlier this year economists calculated that these massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPGs) have a gross economic impact equivalent to the GDP of the African nation of Namibia.
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    I'd like to see someone get a mortgage on this stuff.
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    I would love to play these games, but I would get too into it, and slack off in the real world. With real money it's like gambling I think. Even worse.
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    Originally posted by Spiffor
    What's the problem?

    After all, it's little different from spending thousands of $ for a painting.
    I agree...
    This space is empty... or is it?

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    I've seen this game. Someone who spends real money on buying things in a game has problems. This is completely different from buying the game itself.

    Originally posted by Smiley
    I'd like to see someone get a mortgage on this stuff.
    Imagine if the server crashed and all the data was lost

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