Working a day job is so 20th century. Instead, why not make your fortune in a virtual reality game? That's what all the kids are doing these days, right?
Well, one "kid" is doing it, at least. PCGamesN has an interview with Andre Pires, who, as a teenager in Portugal in 2007, discovered Second Life. Within a short period of time, he had set up his own business selling furniture, with a huge showroom, sales staff... the works.
Pires subsequently quit his day job and moved to Mexico -- "It's near the Caribbean, it's summer all year round, [and] things are cheaper" -- and he's funding the development of space sim Genesis, which was recently Greenlit on Steam. He lives in a "two-floor house with a pool."
So what is a sex bed? It's a normal Second Life bed, with scripts attached to it that make the players perform... actions. We'll leave the rest to your imagination.
Just imagine how sweet it would be to make that kind of cash in a virtual world. Granted, it's not easy -- Pires says he worked 12 to 16 hours per day to get his business going -- but if you can be sure of one thing in business, it's that sex sells. Or, as Pires puts it, "People are driven by erections."
About the Author
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
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