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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 8:46PM (Unverified) said

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Wasn't John "neverdie" Jacobs idea to raise money, at first to make a living by not physically working (everyone's dream, right?) but that changed so he could pay for his wife's cancer treatments?

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 1:02AM (Unverified) said

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@Alex: Actually I believe he is selling so that he can work on Rocktropia.

@Adam Cooke: They have changed the game quite a bit. They have added a tutorial area now. They also have added mind force. They also have vehicles too. I think they have done other numerous things to. I haven't played it for a while now.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 9:14PM (Unverified) said

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The only time you ever hear anything about this game (is it a game, or is it like Second-Life?) is when somebody sells something for ludicrous amounts of money. I've never played it, and I don't know of anybody who does (although I obviously don't know everybody)... Is it really so popular that these amounts of money are justified?

I don't mean to imply anything negative about the game, it's purely an inquiry. I'd be very interested to find what the game's about. (cue "go google it, then" responses)

Posted: Nov 8th 2010 9:26PM (Unverified) said

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Go Google it, then.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 10:45PM (Unverified) said

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I just read the Wikipedia entry on the game (since everything there is truth) and still have no idea what it's all about. I think I'll just take Adam Cooke's opinion below as correct and pay no more attention to it.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 9:22PM (Unverified) said

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It's terribad

Posted: Nov 8th 2010 10:02PM (Unverified) said

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Well that explains everything.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 10:22PM (Unverified) said

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It's so bad you have to try it to understand. Combat is bizarre, graphics are shoddy, emotes are complete crap and you need to spend ALOT of money to get anywhere....and even then it's not by any means guaranteed.

I played it with a friend for a while and we almost died laughing at how bad it was. It also has little to no tutorial....which considering how bizarre the game is makes its almost impossible to work out what the hell you're supposed to do.

If you google it you'll get quite a rosy view of the game.....DON'T BELIEVE IT.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 10:55PM cic said

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As if people pay that much to 'cyber'...

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 1:26AM (Unverified) said

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Little correction to the article. The buyer of the last domes is called "John Foma Kalun", not "Koma".

Shadram - That's not entirely true. The game has also made headlines when See Virtual Worlds announced they will be creating Planet Michael in the Entropia Universe, and more recently, when they announced a Monster planet, based on movie characters. Then there's also the upcoming planets Next Island, run by entrepeneur David Post and his team, and Planet Cyrene which is produced by Creative Kingdom Inc.

As for Adam, it must have been a while since you played. The graphics engine powering Entropia Universe is CryEngine 2, and has been for over a year. The beginner experience has been greatly enhanced through the introduction of a new mission system, a guides program (where regular players help out newcomers), and in-game tutorials and help messages.

It can be expensive to play, yes, but if you are not in a rush to become uber, your money ought to last you a while.

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 1:46AM eNTi said

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i think... people are probably insane.

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 3:26AM Lobotomist said

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I think the Entropia marketing department is just making these up.

Is there any actual proof these transactions really took place ?

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 6:13AM Gunjin said

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Funnily enough you can... kind of. The Entropia dev, Mindark, publishes its financials on its web site...
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Posted: Nov 9th 2010 8:31AM (Unverified) said

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I've been playing for a few months now and enjoy the game. I've only put $20.00 I'm enjoying the game immensely. I did try this game a few years back and it was bad, real bad, but since then they have made some change.

Most games aside from the new F2P LOTRO and EQX you have to pay for the box and then monthly sub (and expansions). For some reason everyone is ok with this and loves to beat up on the F2P market. I don't know why everyone makes such a big deal about his game because it cost RL money to play. The game Devs dont claim that you will become rich once you log in, but they do state that you can cash your in-game money out for RL money. Most people complain who have only read headlines. Try it out it cost you nothing...

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 9:44AM dudes said

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The Harrods of MMOs

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 11:07AM ChaosInc said

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"Expensive" is hardly the term I'd use for $300k+ virtual property (read: NOT REAL). That's equivalent to over 1600 YEARS of PLEX in EVE. People who are paying this much for things that will never truly "exist" are those who are so far off their rockers they should be committed.

Posted: Nov 9th 2010 5:49PM Graill440 said

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This rates up there with buying a star or planet in our night sky and thinking you actually own it, the blithering stupidity goes along with it.

The simple fact that this pyramid sceme game is even still operating as i stated before and that some international gaming commission hasn't shut them down is beyond me.

I guess suckers need a place to play and spend their money like the rest of us though.

Dinner conversation topic: "Ya, it was sweet. I purchased an authentic working biodome for 330k, what a find and what an investment!" *claps around the table and a guest asks........"so where is the dome? Can we see it or visist it?"* The purchaser replies...."Sure you can see it and visist it! its in an MMO game i play online called Entropia, isnt that the neastest?!!........." *silence and light coughing followed by uncomfortable stares*

And with this final example the aliens deemed our planet unworthy of survival, its scheduled destruction is to be carried out in Dec, 2012.

Posted: Nov 10th 2010 4:29AM Gunjin said

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So whats the difference between buying this virtual asset and buying some shares in a listed company? Both are digital and have no physical component, can have high up-front costs and be sold for a profit via an open market place... The only difference is the level of risk he is undertaking.

The guy may well prove to be a fool for spending $330k on this virtual item and then does nothing with it but if he succesfully sells it for $500k in 2 years time, he will magically become a genius.
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Posted: Nov 12th 2010 2:56PM ChaosInc said

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No, that is called "passing the water-filled torch from on idiot to the next".
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