You've played Angband and Rouge and all those netty fantasy games, but
check this out. Can you SELL your stuff on the open market? I'm not
talking about to other MUD geeks for bits of virtual gold, but to REAL
GEEKS for REAL MONEY. You can if you play Ultima Online or Everquest.
That's Right! I've been skeptical of those auction sites since they first
appeared. I cull through there occasionally looking for Precious Moments
Figurines to complete my collection. I see the handmade bootleg Madonna
buttons and Renaissance Fair gear going for exorbitant $$ and shake my
head, thinking, What a bunch o' suckers. Then I ran across the online role
playing game market.
These would-be heroes and heroines auction their online possessions (i.e.
+9 swords of "I wish I were this cool in real life", etc.) for REAL $$ on
ebay. Check this one out, $510 for a virtual house.
I understand obsession; I still collect Catherine Bach memorabilia, but at
least when I spend my hard earned Highway Dept. wages, I can touch and
hold and carry my Daisy Duke lunchbox. But this...this is CRAZY!