Overview • Games can brig a lot of money for players and there are plenty of players who have quit their jobs as they become economically satisfied only the money earned from games. • If you could make a living by playing video games, would you do it? It’s definitely possible – hundreds and thousands of people do it every year – but your options are pretty limited and it may not be as fun as you think it’ll be. • For starters if you want to try to win on a game, there are some games in which you can work with real money. These are strategy games, games that put your mind to it & make you try to find a good strategy with which to make money. • This presentation is about direct income. Here are some titles that have elements of real money transaction built right into the game’s core design, allowing you to walk away from a gaming session with a few more dollars in your pocket.
Developers: Linden Reasearch, Inc Metacritic Review: 7/10 Image source:http://c4lpt.co.uk/Top100Tools/secondlife.jpg
1. Second Life • Second Life is a uniquely social MMORPG that debuted over a decade ago. Does anyone even talk about it anymore? Hasn’t it fallen off the radar? To my surprise, not only is Second Life going strong, but it has a strong player-centric economy from which you can make real money. • It all revolves around the in-game currency, Linden Dollars (L$). Players can earn L$ by engaging in various activities in the game. Some activities are quite passive, such as sitting on camping chairs, while others require skill, such as creating virtual content and trading virtual real estate.
Developers: MindARk Metacritic Review: 4.4/10 Image soiurce: http://www.mindark.com/_internal/cimg!0/7wr3th1mxiwtewwm9xogjoahpqqj7et
2. Entropia Universe • There’s another MMORPG in the same vein as Second Life that’s built on a real cash economy: Entropia Universe, formerly known as Project Entropia. Entropia Universe is a massively multiplayer online virtual universe designed by the Swedish software company. • This game isn’t a pure social world as there are actual gameplay elements (e.g., hunting, missions, crafting, etc.) so it does feel more like a traditional MMORPG than Second Life. • The currency is called Project Entropia Dollars (PED) and exists at a fixed exchange rate of 10 PED per $1 USD. What’s unique about Entropia Universe is that PED can be directly withdrawn into a bank account – no middleman necessary.
Developers: CCP Games Metacritic Review: 7.8/10 Image source:https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/da/EVE_Online_ost.jpg
3. EVE Online • Eve Online is a player-driven, persistent-world massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in a science fiction space setting. • EVE Online differs from the other games on this list because you can’t actually withdraw cash. However, if you play the game well and know how to maximize your gameplay efficiency, you can end up playing the game for free (it normally costs a $15 USD monthly subscription)
Developers: Cryptic Studios Metacritic Review: 7.3/10 Image source:http://community.riftgame.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/3.0Reveal_blog.jpg
4. Rift • When RIFT went free-to-play, it also introduced REX tokens. These are somewhere between the other options in that the tokens are bought and sold, but rather than give the player who uses them subscription time, they give the player two forms of currency, including loyalty points. • And you can convert all of it into loyalty points if you so desire. So you can turn one kind of currency into another kind of currency that you then turn into a third kind of currency, and then you scratch your head and shrug.
Developers: Cryptic Studios Metacritic Review: 6.2/10 Image source:http://begosnisa.com/wp-content/star-trek-online.jpg
5. Star Trek Online • Star Trek Online, often abbreviated as STO, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Cryptic Studios based on the popular Star Trek series. • he most prominent one in the game at the moment, however, is Dilithium, which is used to purchase ships, high-end equipment, reputation rewards, all that fun stuff. It is also used for purchasing Zen, the game’s microtransaction currency, which… well, that’s also used for purchasing ships, at this point. There are a lot of ships in Star Trek Online.
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