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Wha? EA Selling Virtual Car for $100 in NFS World

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Selling a virtual sports car for $100 is mere child's play compared to the million-dollar transactions that take place within the MMOG Entropia Universe.

On Wednesday EA introduced the Koenigsegg CCX "Elite" Edition, a virtual sports car that can be purchased within the free-to-play MMOG, Need For Speed World. According to the company, it's the game's first "premium elite" car, and will cost virtual drivers a meaty $100 in real-world cash to own. Guess that's cheaper than owning the real thing, right? Probably safer, too.

"Gamers will notice a few firsts in NFS World, when they feast their eyes on the stenciled logos on the front windshield and also the burnt titanium exhaust tips!" EA writes in a blog. "The detail doesn’t stop there as the interior has been treated to a matching swatch of the exterior, with blue seats and yellow stripe."

"The exclusive custom carbon fiber widebody kit was designed to allow for a widened track, which allows for better overall traction," EA adds. "The front fascia has been radically restyled with a mid-wing mounted in the front bumper. The roofline has also been modified to incorporate two massive roof scoops, feeding air to its hungry engine. A new massive carbon rear wing has been mounted directly to the chassis and is a one-off piece specific to not only this car, but this particular kit."

As of Thursday, Need For Speed World had signed on more than 5 million users. Given the game's free-to-play model, EA is looking to make cash on in-game transactions like the current sale of its "premium elite" car. Gamers who don't have $100 to dump into a virtual set of wheels can actually purchase the car for $75 in a clearance sale that ends on Wednesday, December 21.

Still, think $75 is steep for a virtual item? That's mere pennies compared to some of the virtual real estate that is bought and sold for cash in Entropia Universe. Back in April one piece of property -- an Asteroid Space Resort to be more specific -- sold for $6 million USD, setting a new world record. Jon "Neverdie" Jacobs originally bought the property back in 2005 for a meager $100K USD which in itself set a new record. Six years later, he was $5.9M richer and didn't really purchase or sell anything physical.

As far as we know, Need For Speed World won't sell anything quite so expensive, but both the $100 automobile and the $6M virtual resort only goes to show that the free-to-play model does in fact work, and that PC gamers are willing to shell out insane amounts of money to support their gaming habit.

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    aliened , December 18, 2011 2:21 AM
    *facepalm*
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    suture , December 18, 2011 3:10 AM
    i don't want to live on this planet anymore
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    nebun , December 18, 2011 3:03 AM
    this is sad, really sad
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    Inferno1217 , December 18, 2011 2:19 AM
    How long before it's available on torrent sites? My guess soon!
  • 32 Hide
    aliened , December 18, 2011 2:21 AM
    *facepalm*
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    richboyliang , December 18, 2011 2:28 AM
    So does this car drive any faster or make me race any better? That's all I care about
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    alyoshka , December 18, 2011 2:32 AM
    I want one......
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    nebun , December 18, 2011 3:03 AM
    this is sad, really sad
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    thepetey , December 18, 2011 3:09 AM
    sheath"he was $5.9K richer"Dude raked it in, he made $5,900! lol


    Thats a typo, they said it sold for 6M which means he made $5.9 Million... that's pretty sweet profits.
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    suture , December 18, 2011 3:10 AM
    i don't want to live on this planet anymore
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    bak0n , December 18, 2011 3:22 AM
    I own Gran Turismo 5. I don't need another racing game. Especially one put out by EA. They lost favor with me when I bought a game from their site they no longer support online.
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    sonofliberty08 , December 18, 2011 3:51 AM
    EA killing all the fans of C&C, Simcity, The Sims since the ruin the original developer West Wood, Maxis......
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    valu3hunt3r , December 18, 2011 3:51 AM
    Wonder if it's possible to do that in Minecraft (make something and sell it), hmm...
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    nukemaster , December 18, 2011 4:38 AM
    This(is not micro) and micro transactions in general ruin games IMO. Many people do not actually realize they are spending more then the monthly fee for a game on a "free to play" game with micro transactions.

    And EA, come on. Look at there Sims games. 40 bucks to add pets? for real? Want to play night life? $40. Those should be at most $5-10 DLC.

    In other news. Sim City gets nuclear melt down dlc...only $40. Damn you EA, targeting me unfairly....
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    Lutfij , December 18, 2011 4:55 AM
    week old news -
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    lebronjames , December 18, 2011 5:17 AM
    wtf
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    JeTJL , December 18, 2011 5:25 AM
    Didn't Team Fortress 2 did the same thing with the Magnanimous Monarch hat which was also $100 and supported the Relief Effort during the Japan Earth Quake?
    It's like those Armstrong Bracelets or those pieces of papers hanging in the Super Market when you donate.
    I got the other two hats and the other two Noise Makers though, I donated $30.
    Even though your not directly helping, and you won't see your dollars actually doing something, knowing that it did something good in the end is something that I'm for.

    Though $100 or even $75 for a single in game item, that doesn't really give you anything, except something to enjoy your self with, seems like a retarded purchase.
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    rohitbaran , December 18, 2011 5:47 AM
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    alidan , December 18, 2011 6:53 AM
    nukemasterThis(is not micro) and micro transactions in general ruin games IMO. Many people do not actually realize they are spending more then the monthly fee for a game on a "free to play" game with micro transactions.And EA, come on. Look at there Sims games. 40 bucks to add pets? for real? Want to play night life? $40. Those should be at most $5-10 DLC.In other news. Sim City gets nuclear melt down dlc...only $40. Damn you EA, targeting me unfairly....


    hay if sim city ever comes back... id be glad they actually support it, even if it screws people over, ij ust buy main game and a delux pack.
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    sissysue , December 18, 2011 12:11 PM
    Looks like they have found a good business model, free to play and their will always be stupid pawns willing to spend their cash on this stuff.
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    mt2e , December 18, 2011 12:51 PM
    The whole virtual items thing just seems embarassing.....who admits to spending money on.....nothing
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    Anonymous , December 18, 2011 1:20 PM
    The asteroid sold for around 600 000 USD not 6M USD but still a nice profit of 500 000 USD for him and he has made alot more than that in the years he has owned it also.
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    LuckyDucky7 , December 18, 2011 1:59 PM
    @Inferno1217

    I guess this gives a bit more meaning to the phrase "You wouldn't download a car", then.
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