Not gonna lie, was expecting it to be EVE Online.
I remember this. I was playing the game at the time. The guy was a DJ in real life. There were jukeboxes in the game and he wrote a song about his "gamer girlfriend" that got put into the game. (I remember it being a pretty cool song, but listening to it now makes me cringe so bad.) Sadly, she got very sick and passed away. She also played the game a lot, and I thought the developers put a statue in the game in memory of her, but I can't find any info about that now. There was a whole uproar because her avatar was seen later, running around, and people accused him off making up the story of her death to get sympathy. In truth, he would sometimes log in with her avatar because it made him feel she was still there in some way. They also had a 5 year old son together, and he would sometimes run around also with the avatar.
The game itself was pretty fun at first for me, as the first large mmo virtual world with a real life economy that I'd ever encountered. The problem was, and probably still is, is that it was EXPENSIVE. $10 would get you around $1000 in PED (project entropia dollars), and that would barely cover the cost to repair your weapon and get about 100 rounds of ammo which you could blow through in 3 minutes. I loved meeting people and running around with them, but I just couldn't afford it. I was able to visit the virtual club once. It was pretty cool.
Just a few months ago I debated logging in to see how much it's all changed. Might just do that.
Maybe I'm the only one that didn't understand at first, but I think it's important to clarify that this is not a virtual asteroid, like the space rock formation.
>The asteroid space resort was named Club Neverdie after its owner's avatar name. In 2010 Jon Jacobs sold the Asteroid Space Resort to various other Entropia Universe participants for a total of US$635,000.
Now I'm not entirely sure what a virtual club like this entails, and obviously it still sounds like a crazy amount of money for what it is, but it's still not what the title leads on. I doubt I'm the only one who thinks of asteroid first and foremost and a piece of space debris.
BRB, mortgaging house to buy Dogecoin.
TIL that in 2005 I was playing tiger woods online, thinking it was *amazing*, whilst people were selling online "worlds" for vast sums of money.
>The Associated Press described Neverdie as an "Internet icon".
Huh, TIL about an “internet icon.”
I played the game since the Commercial Open Trial or whatever they called it. It was very refreshing with an mno where the in-game economy was directly tied to the real economy.
Unfortunately, I felt and still feel that Mindark (the company behind it) squandered the potential, spending years and years redoing insignificant things instead of improving on gameplay and systems.
Still miss the days getting up in the morning to go mine the patterns, and take down accurate notes to keep track of where resources would be next time. 😀
Out of curiosity, how much has the phone number 867-5309 been sold for?
I played Project Entropia (Entropia Universe) when this happened. It was pretty crazy to actually see it happen. I started in 2003 and haven't played in quite some time. It was a game ahead of it's time.
I thought this was viral marketing for Ready Player One at first. Hmmm. Might still be.