Folks Are Paying An Absurd Amount For A Weed Emoticon On Steam

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The introduction of the Steam Trading card system—which allows players to earn tradable badges, profile backgrounds, emoticons, and coupons on Steam by playing games—has created a most peculiar market of digital items that people are willing to pay lots of cash for.

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To wit: one of the more expensive "items" one can purchase is a weed emoticon, which players can get by collecting a set of trading cards from the game Port Royale 3. It's a business simulator with real-time battles. Here's a trailer.

The price of the emoticon gained from Port Royale fluctuates on a day-to-day basis, with the most recent high price reaching nearly 40 dollars. For an emoticon.

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According to Gameranx, purchasing the emoticon outright may be a smarter choice than attaining the set of cards and relying on chance to see if combining them together results in the weed emoticon. Y'know, in case you're hankering for a weed emoticon to use on Steam chat.

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DISCUSSION

Now this may be just UK thing, but why are heavy weed smokers so eager to let everyone know that they smoke weed.

I used to work with someone who smoked it quite a bit and all he ever talked about was how much weed he smokes. It seemed he never did anything else, every conversation with him revolved around weed.

"What did you do over the weekend"
"Me and some mates got some green and smoked it, proper good green as well!"
" Do anything else?"
"Nahh just smoked some more on Sunday"

Usually said with a big grin and an odd head nod, like they are agreeing with themselves and accompanied with some slur towards the police. Even his phone wallpaper was a weed leaf. This guy was about mid twenties early thirties with a child and a girlfriend. He also told me in our first conversation when he had no idea who I was that he smokes a lot of weed, which doesn't seem like an overly wise idea.

I have no problems with people who smoke weed but it seems there is a group of people who just smoke it because they think it is a cool and clever thing to do. I do wish they would shut up about it and talk about something else every once in a while though.