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When players can convert in-game assets into real-world wealth, things really start to get interesting.

Getting their game on

Some online game publishers let players convert in-game assets into real-world wealth. "Project Entropia" players who'd rather make money than slay dragons can set up moneymaking ventures such as armor foundries.

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Project Entropia

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Getting their game on

Shopping is the main draw for many players in "Second Life." The game is generating $150,000 to $200,000 in real-world transactions per month.

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Second Life

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Getting their game on

Some virtual tree-chopping may be required before Treasure Island reaches its full potential as a piece of valuable "Project Entropia" real estate.

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Project Entropia land

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Getting their game on

Pick a complexion from Chip Matthews' set of "skins" for "Second Life." Matthews was intrigued by the game for the chance to use his real-world skills in Photoshop and other graphics tools.

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Second Life skins

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