History was made in the world of virtual property when Club Neverdie on Planet Calypso in Entropia Universe brought a record $635,000 of real cash changing the way the Internet is looked at throughout the world forever. No longer is virtual reality a “gamer only” field where people “play” roles.
Because of this transaction, some business people are re-thinking how they make money both on and off the Internet. The actual thought real cold hard cash can be made through selling a made up place that doesn’t exist but in the mind of the developer, can be a difficult concept to grasp. But if you can wrap your mind around it, there are endless possibilities. Visiting Entropia Universe, you can certainly see why it works.
“Playing” any virtual reality game is unlike the RPG (role playing game) since there is no set ending to the adventures encountered by the made up characters. Not only this, real people can build their own characters but still be themselves, interacting with other real people all over the world, on line. They talk, walk, run, ride in vehicles, conduct transactions and solve problems. Although players can obtain missions, doing this only helps ones ability to understand how things work. The choice is ultimately up to the person controlling the character.
Having the ability to be who and what you want to be, testing theories of development, people’s reactions to situations put before them along with the reality you can change your character by merely registering a different email allows a lot of freedom not experienced in the physical world. That being said, it’s easy to see why some people get so involved in the virtual world, they have trouble differentiating between the two.
Exciting adventures and discoveries can be made through virtual worlds giving people with high adventure characteristics, disabilities leaving them home-bound and businesses in remote locations more opportunities to interact with others limited only by one’s mind.
To actually have the ability to make cold hard cash seems a bit far-fetched, but it is completely true. Within a few hours of learning the basics, I was able to make $.15. Not a lot, but I didn’t use any effort really either. I didn’t play for hours upon hours. I did my regular job, went through my regular routine and sat down for a bit “hanging out” to see what all the fuss was over. I didn’t upload any cash and I didn’t trade or buy anything. It’s not like I couldn’t, I just didn’t. I met some nice people, they showed me around by using their virtual tanker and we had a great time.
It appears as if virtual reality is here to stay and with transactions such as the recent property exchange in Entropia Universe, it’s not likely to slow down any time soon.