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<![CDATA[It's not every day that something that “doesn’t exist” can sell for $26,500. A gamer has purchased an island stronghold in the massive multi-player game (MMPG) Project Entopia for $26,500. But does it really not exist. The island or, rather, the coordinates of the island in the game space, comes with rights to the “natural […]

<![CDATA[It's not every day that something that “doesn’t exist” can sell for $26,500. A gamer has purchased an island stronghold in the massive multi-player game (MMPG) Project Entopia for $26,500.
But does it really not exist. The island or, rather, the coordinates of the island in the game space, comes with rights to the “natural resources” in the “ground” and the ability to lease or sell access to the island’s real estate. In every way, this is the idea of controlling the venue to gain control of value that I’ve been talking about here and here.
I spent a lot of time early this year on Linden LabsSecond Life MMPG and the trade in land and objects was rather intense. People were building vehicles and selling them, for example. I had people dropping by my house offering to buy it now and again. My character, however, just gave away everything he had to anyone he met, so somehow I didn’t seem to fit the spirit of the place. But, look, I figure that since I spend most of my day trying to make money why compound the tension. I’d just walk around and find a nice place to sit, see who came by and have a conversation; maybe, I’d give them $100.
Now, of course, I see the err of my ways. I should have hoarded voxels of land and gotten ready to set up my own tax district. See, capitalism and big government are intimately related, after all…. The Project Entopia player, Deathifier, will be earning real money from his game presence. But what happens when he wants to kill some of his tenants in a blood bath? Hmmm, it also seems that a capitalist society is a polite one.
By controlling the venue for human action—whatever it may be—people can earn profits, even in virtual places where only minds (and avatars) meet.]]>