Last update 11/15/2010 11:05:00 PM (GMT+7)

Billionaires in online games

VietNamNet Bridge – Today, the value of a character in the online game “Vo Lam Truyen Ky” (Swordsman) may reach a billion dong ($55,000).

At a recent competition among Vo Lam Truyen Ky players, the bonus for the winner was a virtual “Mystical World” ring, which was priced at 700 million dong of cash ($39,000). According to players of Vo Lam Truyen Ky, a computer game based on Chinese stories about the world of martial arts, anyone who owns this ring will be the champion.

The virtual world of Vo Lam Truyen Ky is weird and funny to “pagans,” the name given to those who don’t play Vo Lam Truyen Ky.

This is a story about a 60-year-old gamer. He always wakes early to play Vo Lam Truyen Ky. One day he had to go to the countryside where there is no Internet. The man still woke up early and made a phone call to his son.

“Son, help me send Hong That Thu (the name of his character in Vo Lam Truyen Ky) to the Dao Hoa Island,” he told his son.

“Which Hong That Thu, father?” the son answered.

“The beggar with nine bags. Remember to buy eight bowls of rice soup for him and let him eat the miraculous drug!” he told his son.

After a long period of playing Vo Lam Truyen Ky day and night, Hong That Thu in Vo Lam Truyen Ky, the old man’s character, has become famous. This character is among the top ten fighters who owns special tools which enhance his martial art skills. The total value in cash for this character and his equipment is around 20 million dong ($1000).

However, to reach this level in Vo Lam Truyen Ky, the man had to pay a high cost. He played the game from the early morning to mid-night, spending nearly 2 million dong ($100) a month on fees and several additional million dong a month to buy virtual weapons and to hire other gamers to collect virtual weapons for his character.

One year ago, Vo Lam Truyen Ky players were impressed when a character named Hac Dieu purchased a weapon called “Vo danh gioi chi” at the price of 250 million dong ($14,000).

After that, a gamer named Excarvator paid 270 million dong to buy a weapon called “Toan thach gioi chi”.

Recently, a rich man in HCM City surprised the Vo Lam Truyen Ky world with his character named NoaMi, which owns weapons worth around 1.2 billion dong ($63,000).

At the first auction of virtual weapons in Vo Lam Truyen Ky, the price for the “Toan thach gioi chi” ring was fixed at 78 million dong ($4,350). The price gradually increased to 150 million, then 240 million dong, and its present price of 500 million dong.

One of the most famous characters in the world of Vo Lam Truyen Ky is CuWay, which is owned by a “big boss” in HCM City. The man paid 280 million dong ($16,500) to buy a weapon named “Lang nhac vo cuc huyen ngoc boi” for his character and over 100 million dong for a virtual hat called “Trang bi hoang kim Thieu lam phai.” It is rumored that the man has paid nearly a billion dong to buy weapons for his character.

Outsiders may ask themselves why gamers would be willing to pay a billion dong for virtual things in a computer game.

To earn glory in the virtual world, perhaps!