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Quote of the Day - One night I stayed up playing poker with tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died. - Steven Wright

$9M in Virtual Game Money

Online gaming has reached a new level of absurdity. One gamer spent more than two years and over $1,000 amassing virtual money and an online cache of weapons in a game known as Red Moon. The last time he logged in, however, a real-world hacker broke into the company's server, and wiped out his virtual money and weapons.

His response? A lawsuit when the company refused to reinstate his virtual winnings.

Now, a Chinese court has found that the gamer has virtual property rights. According to the New Scientist, noted "the case is just another example of how the line between online games and the real world have begun to blur. Some gamers already trade game goods and characters for real money through online auction sites like eBay."

Given that, an enterprising California State University, Fullerton assistant professor calculated that a successful online gamer could make $3.42 per hour amassing virtual wealth, and then selling it on Ebay.

The professor noted that so far, Ebay has sold over $9,000,000 in "virtual" goods.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on 1/2/2004 at 10:07 Comments (0)


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