Or: Another reason not to talk about MMOs at dinner parties.
“… yes, my wife is quite the convert and enjoys regular group sessions down in that dungeon.”
“… and my youngest son was playing with a priest the other day, he said that they just had great fun buffing each other over and over.”
“… dwarf was thrusting away with this enormous purple weapon, much to the squealing delight of my girlfriend. She said afterwards that she couldn’t believe the amount of penetration it had, although that did mean the whole thing was over rather quickly as nothing could take a beating like that for very long.”
Host: And the final round is “Continue the Headline”. This week, teams, it’s news that MMO developer MindArk has been granted preliminary approval for a real banking license: “MindArk is going to be just like a bank in the real world: it will be backed by Sweden’s $60,000 deposit insurance, offer interest-bearing accounts for its clients, feature direct deposit options, let players pay bills online, and apparently will offer loans to customers.”
Zoso: “… reports of a £600,000 per year pension scheme for top raiding guild leaders have yet to be confirmed.”
Melmoth: “… after years of playing with virtually real money in the real world, stockbrokers across the globe are now looking forward to being able to play with really virtually real virtual real money in real virtual worlds.”
Zoso: “… fears that MindArk could be susceptible to toxic mortgages were allayed when they revealed that they had Sonic Corruptors standing by ready to boost toxic resistance.”
Melmoth: “… In other news, a suspected category 6 earthquake in central Europe turned out to be a false alarm; investigations into the disturbance showed it to be the collective orgasm of EVE Online’s recent POS exploiters as they all simultaneously signed up for MindArk’s flagship title Entropia Universe.”
Studio lights dim, theme tune plays.