So we once knew this guy who didn't have two dimes to rub together but still took 100 real U.S. dollars to buy a virtual horse in an MMORPG to impress his friends. Well, that guy's nothing compared to this guy, who spent 330,000 real U.S. dollars to buy a virtual space station.
Here's how Joystiq reported it:
Welcome back to Joystiq's Flip This House, finding you the best deals in gaming real estate! This week, we're looking at a doozy of a fixer-upper: it's a beautiful space station called the Crystal Palace, with multiple fine amenities, including four bio-domes (full of alien species to hunt), Trade and Revival Terminals, a working auctioneer, and the universe-famous Stahlsteiner's bar. In case you haven't figured it out yet, it's a virtual place, and did we mention the asking price? 330,000 real world dollars.
That's what MMO Planet Calypso (formerly Entropia Universe) player "Buzz Erik Lightyear" paid to "own" an in-game hub. As you can see above, he paid 3.3 million "Project Entropia Dollars" for the virtual real estate, and those PED were purchased with real dollars -- 330k of them.
So ... what were you saying about a recession?