Earlier this year, I bought a house for $360,000. It was a scary investment, yes, but also one that gave me somewhere to live. I just can't see buying a virtual item for $330,000 being as practical.

Buzz Erik Lightyear, a major player in the world of Entropia Online, recently spent that much money on a single item in the game, the "Crystal Palace" space station.

Sounds absolutely crazy, but then, there's a catch: the Crystal Palace sells items in the game world, and Buzz will get a cut of every sale made. There's also major profits to be made hunting the creatures that roam the station.

Still...$330,000 on something that's really just a bunch of polygons sitting on a server, whose survival is dependant on the whims of the company controlling those servers...I'll stick to spending that kind of money on real dwellings, thanks.


Entropia Universe Crystal Palace Space Station in Planet Calypso Sells for $330,000 [OMM, via Slashdot]