Stripper: “I love long walks on the beach, dancing in the sand, and I hate jealous avatars. Don’t you just hate jealous avatars?”
I thought the real estate game couldn’t get any more unreal.
I was wrong. Oh, so wrong.
The image above is from the Youtube video embedded below. It is part of an ad for people to come live in “The City of Sand Sleen.” Where is the City of Sand Sleen? On Second Life’s Gor section, of course. You can buy property there. Or rent. Your choice. Of course, the place doesn’t exist in the real world, so that’s a downside for sure. But at least you’re paying for it with unreal Linden dollars.
Except -- Linden dollars aren’t COMPLETELY unreal. You can buy them with US currency. The current rate is 1000 Linden dollars for $4.16 US. Which means $1US equal $250 Linden, more or less. Which means Linden bucks have real value. In fact, they are more valuable than many foreign currencies. Linden bucks are worth almost TEN TIMES what the Columbian peso is worth ($1US equals 2,305 Columbian pesos, according to a currency exchange chart I just consulted.)
So I guess it makes sense to advertise unreal property on Youtube. There’s apparently good money to be made … especially if you live in Columbia.
(Does anybody remember the old saying that goes: Neurotics are people that build castles in the air, psychotics are people who live in those castles, and psychiatrists are people who charge them rent?)
Full disclosure: I have a house in SL Gor. But: such a deal! I’m getting in on the ground floor of this real estate boom before it explodes!
And, finally: is this so different from what the bankers and real estate moguls were doing before their schemes blew up in everyone’s faces? At least the folks in Second Life are being up front about what they are selling.
Below: an unreal estate ad.