Late last month, Jon Jacobs, an independent filmmaker from Miami, became the first person in the history of online gaming to spend $100,000 on a single virtual item when he bought a space station in the game "Project Entropia."
Read the whole thing here. To sum up, a guy has paid $100,000 in real-world money to own a space station in an online computer game. And its an investment. He expects the space station to generate over a million (real-world) dollars a year in revenue for him. These are strange days.