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Twelve Minute Shudder: Entropia Universe

On the unlikely chance you’re familiar with Sci-Fi MMOG Entropia Universe, it’s probably because of the record-breaking prices achieved by its virtual sales. Reading about these figures is a lot like coming under artillery fire but with numbers instead of shells.

All of the following figures are in US dollars. Entropia Universe launched in 2003, and in 2004 the developers created a huge island complete with a scenic beach, monsters, and a massive mine. At auction, a player paid $26,500 US for that island. In 2005, another player paid the developers $100,000 for a space station. In 2006, that same player purchased a unique monster egg for $10,000, though the highest figure ever paid by someone for a piece of equipment is $30,000 for a high-tech Healing Kit. In 2007, five players (or more accurately five ‘avatars’ since one represented a real-world banking organisation) paid a total of $404,000 for five two-year licenses to operate banks within the game world, with each of the five avatars expending a further $100,000 investment to start their business.
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Cash Money: Planet Calypso

It seems the guys behind real-money economy MMO Project Entropia have relaunched their science fiction colonist game world as Planet Calypso, this time powered by CryTek’s CryEngine 2. Of course it’s free to sign up and download, but the money you get in the game world will be largely dependent on the cash you put into it yourself. That said, there should be ways and means to make money in the world if you’re crafty enough. MindArk are once again selling it as an entrepreneurial experience, where the wheeler-dealing gamer can get along: “As always a player’s real life business skills can still translate to real money in their bank account,” said Marco Behrmann, CEO of First Planet Company. So that’s good.

Showroom Planets

I don’t know how many of you played Project Entropia (now Entropia Universe), but I remember having a poke about in it a few years ago and being intrigued, but ultimately bored. Twas Second Life with a bit more game, well a bit more space-rat bashing, anyway. It’s still going, of course, and seems to still be making big deals. It’s being upgraded to the CryEngine 2 soon, and is still signing up the crazy corporate projects, like this one being proposed by a Creative Kingdom, Inc “the world’s most celebrated thematic architectural design firm”:

The maiden project for the new complex will be CKI’s collaboration with the Swedish company Mindark, makers of Entropia Universe, an enormously successful Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORG) with a real cash economy that is already positioned to challenge the dominance of market leader World of Warcraft. CKI, the first high-profile architectural firm to be enlisted for such an undertaking, will design an entire planet within Entropia Universe.

So an entire virtual planet as a showroom for architectural and design talent…

Full details here, via Worlds In Motion.