In 2004, one year after the launch of MindArk’s real-money economy game Entropia Universe, the user Deathifier Bought a treasure island 265,000 PED (Project Entropia Dollars-equal to 26,500 US dollars) on the planet Calypso.Treasure Island made history and became the most expensive virtual item owned at the time, and the god of death Claim to break even within a year. He began to fill the island with special mobs, taxing tourists, selling houses, and Post update Steal Green Atrox eggs and provide a 50PED (5 USD) reward for this.
Over time, the Swedish MMORPG has launched more planets, some of which are created by Creative Kingdom (Planet Cyrene) and Belladcon (Turan Planet). It introduces all the functions you would like to see in a real cash playground: real estate, pets, resorts, shopping malls, vehicles, and an ATM-style system for cashing out game proceeds.
In 2005, Deathifier-an Australian named David Storey-told PC Gamer, “Become an Entropia millionaire [would] It will happen someday. ”In 2016, long after Entropia Universe released the news, he File a lawsuit against Arcadia Planet in a Intellectual property disputes It’s basically forgotten now, except Informal forum posts and a Invisible court rulingTwo years later, Deathifier appeared to have completely disappeared from the Entropia Universe, and other players speculated that his property was annexed by MindArk (when clarified, a MindArk spokesperson declined to comment).
In some respects, Deathifier’s entrepreneurial story is the forerunner of the current discussion on blockchain games, NFT and digital ownership ideas. However, the transactions in Entropia Universe are not done with monthly flavored cryptocurrencies, but with high-quality old-fashioned cash.
Entropia Universe is a clearly designed game designed to make you want to spend money, think Spend money to buy things and own things, nothing else. In its heyday, people even sold advertising spaces in player-made magazines—in 2011, Entropia Times had at least 500 PED full-page ads. The editorial team wrote in the third issue: “We apologize for having to give up the ability to use the in-game PED to buy magazines, but this is necessary because we cannot use PED to pay the printer and the withdrawal time is too late. Long.”
Today, due to microtransactions and real money auctions, playing cash in games is as usual, but not always. The early to mid 2000s was a wild west era Diablo II scammer’s cash, When Second Life takes its Yuanjie EconomyThere is a fleeting window, and the entropy universe is very hot.even Zhong An Society, One of the biggest stars in Second Life at the time, Fork out 60,000 US dollars purchased the Entropia virtual bank license, allowing her to borrow money from other users.
There are some straightforward Entropia success stories-in 2006, Mike “Ogulak Da Basher” Everest sold enough weapons in the game Helping his siblings go to college (His mother apparently played too). Entrepreneur Jon “Neverdie” Jacobs bought a virtual asteroid with his real house as mortgage for US$100,000, turning it into a popular (and profitable) nightclub, and in 2010 for US$635,000 Sold at the price. Jacobs also wrote a song titled “Player chickenAbout his girlfriend and companion Tina Wiseman, at some point, it could be played on the jukebox in the game. When Wiseman died in 2005, MindArk built an in-game monument for her.
In 2009, VentureBeat Report Entropia has more than 820,000 registered users and more than US$420 million in user-to-user transactions.
Today, the entropy universe has Approximately 86,000 subscribers——Compared with other MMOs, this is only a small part of the drop in the bucket, but compared with the number before the pandemic, the number has increased significantly, reducing to the 18,000s. The number of subscribers seems to be still climbing. Going to the Entropia forum, it is obvious that those who stay around are life-savers, and even in the starting area, you can see the never-ending culprit of other players busy playing games for money.
My first attempt at Entropia started with a variation of the eternal spell I heard in a business owner’s conversation a few years ago. “The most common investment, which almost all colonists will make, is in the avatar itself,” a general-purpose NPC named Sarah Tergus told me of the newly created character while running the basics of the game. When humans came to Calypso, it was very difficult to colonize the “terrible” enemies. Now there is a “complex market economy”. Don’t forget that the deposit center converts a pile of cash into PED.
Outside the departure area, I met Mr. Yoshida who needed me to run errands. “There is no day without maintenance technician Jimmy crying for his workload,” he told me, which is very interesting for a real cash economy game.
Like most gashapon games, there is a notification box at the top of the screen to let you know what other people are earning. When I was brutally attacked by Daikiba Cub, perhaps Entropia wanted to comfort me that a man named Harry Hoob Hoobler just made 56 PED ($5.60) by killing Sonic Squid Stalker. I had to use the only PED (all 10 cents) I obtained not long ago for the mission, and given that I am not going to spend a penny on this game, it is not surprising that I went bankrupt.
There is no real narrative in Entropia-fortunately MindArk has enough self-awareness to know that spending time and money on a compelling story is not worthwhile for players who get rich or try to die here. MindArk website Do Have a Responsible betting, Which includes a reminder that you can create a support case to change your deposit limit-the kind of reminder you see at a casino or bookmaker. When I tried to talk to several other people in the starting area, one ignored me and the other just gave me a smiley face.
Visiting the remains of this old-school cash economy game, it is easy to understand why blockchain technology and NFT have occupied a very specific area of the game industry. Frankly speaking, the shocking thing is that Entropia Universe, a game still running on CryEngine2, can attract new players into its radical universal, story-free world. There is no really attractive game here: it is really about money.
MindArk can now Reached an agreement with Epic Games Use Unreal 5 for future content, and promise to remain a “frontier virtual world” while being “pioneer”[ing] The development of the world’s leading real cash economy MMORPG “may mean that today’s trends, such as cryptocurrencies and NFTs, will eventually appear. This reminds us that since Entropia Universe released the first PED, the human nature under capitalism has not changed- We just discovered more effective ways to get more people involved.
Buying and selling virtual real estate on a decentralized ledger today is just an extension of what MindArk did nearly 20 years ago, and it’s frustrating. Even the meta universe is connected: in 2019, MindArk announced that it is working on a method to instill real human consciousness into virtual avatars so that the mind can continue to exist in Entropia.
“If I had to live forever, would I want it to be in Entropia? Because I’m not sure it will be on this planet, and most game worlds are more terrifying,” Point out Bree Royce of MassivelyopBut if we are making a meta-universe where everything is possible, including the idea of maintaining immortality, then why on earth should we replicate most of the financial competitive drudgery that defines our real world?
Although MindArk hints that Entropia Universe will have “exciting changes” in the near future, I bet that these changes of 0.1PED revolve around a three-letter acronym, which has paired artists and creators with scam with Stolen artworkPeople might think of David “Deathifier” Storey and wonder what happened to his repurchase attribute in the game, which took up a lot of resources in his life.
From my visit to Calypso, I can say with certainty that I have never played such a simplified capital currency game. Going back to Entropia Universe, it feels like we have missed an important lesson in games for the next ten years-it may be too late to learn now.