I think we all have to remember that there is plenty of risk of your money evaporating into nothing in the real world, too. Compare a virtual world with the stock exchange, and this deal suddenly looks like a sensible investment. Asteroids in a game don't physically exist, but stock market shares don't, either. See, if the servers shut down, you can sue. If your account gets broken into or you get banned, you had it coming because of your own stupidity/carelessness.SomeBritishDude said:Even if you look at this from a financial stand point, it's still kind of a risky buisness. What if the company or server shuts down? What if a hacker get's into his account? What if he's banned?
Now, looking from the angle of "I spend more money than I would on a house on an item that doesn't exist" and you've got a whole new type of mind fuck.
So he gets PED for all transactions made on the station, and that PED can then be made into, say, USD?CantFaketheFunk said:It isn't quite a dumb buy, though - Lightyear will receive a cut of the profits of all transactions that occur on the station, as well as income from players who decide to hunt rare creatures in the station's proving grounds.
Ben Bazooka said:It's a business investment.
These gentlemen/ladies have it right. It's not a game for these people; it's making a living. Don't knock it.Danny Ocean said:It's not an illogical decision, and utility is still gained. From a purely economic standpoint this decision is fine.
Risky, but fine.