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LA-Times / Anshe Chung?

Dieses Thema im Forum "Allgemeine Diskussionen zu SecondLife" wurde erstellt von Swapps Swenson, 22. Juli 2005.

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    Wer sich für das Mysterium Anshe Chung interessiert wird hier fündig:

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-virtual16may16,0,3804520.story?coll=la


    Hier ein Auszug aus dem Artikel in der LATimes vom 16.05.2005:

    In some games, such as "Second Life," however, entrepreneurs are sought out by other players.

    Take Ailin Graef, who supports her aging parents and sends two children to private school with the money she makes selling virtual land.

    Graef leases 224 acres of virtual land in "Second Life" — enough to occupy 14 servers — at $12.19 an acre. Graef develops the land by adding terrain features, zoning restrictions and other amenities, then sublets slices of the land to others at about $25 an acre a month. Much of her property is sold out.

    Graef, whose online name is Anshe Chung, gave a tour of her virtual empire. First stop was a winter wonderland of gently swaying snow-tipped pines and ski cottages. Next was a wedge of land with soothing minstrel music and dotted with 19th century English cottages. Across the pond lay a plot of land leased by a group of Quebecois who have built chateaux and speak only French within the game.

    Graef, 32, has a keen grasp of what people will buy and for how much. Climate, neighborhood makeup and proximity to roads and water are some of the factors that feed into her calculation of what kind of terrain to develop and how much to charge. Parcels in tropical climates are easier to sell, even though there is no such thing as temperature online.

    "It's in their imaginations," Graef said. "They feel it in their minds."

    Working more than 40 hours a week from her home near Frankfurt, Germany, Graef makes more money as a virtual real estate developer than she does as a part-time English teacher.

    "It's a job in that I am largely motivated by economic success," she said. "Here my achievement is creating real value for other residents."

    Graef sometimes is paid in Linden Dollars, the game's equivalent of Monopoly money. But she's able to convert that currency to U.S. dollars via several websites, including gamingopenmarket.com, which looks like a stock market, complete with charts and opening and closing prices. On any given day, a player can sell 240 or so Linden Dollars for one U.S. dollar. Payments are made through PayPal.