Trivia

Hard

In The MMORPG Ultima Online, One Of The Early Rare Items Sold For Real World Money Was?

Black Roses
Albino Rats
Horse Dung
Fairy Breath
The game logo for the original Ultima Online game release.
Electronic Arts & Broadsword

Answer: Horse Dung

In the world of online gaming, there are many examples of players paying cold hard real-world cash for items. Many times (whether you would ever spend the money yourself or not), it at least makes sense to do so: players buy powerful gear they would have trouble getting on their own, they purchase in-game currency to buy things they want, or otherwise enhance their abilities in the game.

Other times, the purchases are merely cosmetic, as in the case of the thriving hat market in Team Fortress 2. Sometimes, even, the purchase is both cosmetic and, to the outside observer, a bit absurd, as in the case of a rare item found in the early Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) Ultima Online: horse dung. You read that correctly—players actually paid cash (up to several hundred dollars) for a tiny low-resolution pile of horse dung. Why? Scarcity and a desire to show off.

The horse dung was, on the Ultima servers, a very rare item that the designers of the game just put in as a little joke. Only a few piles of dung would spawn per server and die hard fans of the game would trade for and outright purchase the dung to decorate the stables of their in-game homes—while no flaming sword of infinite might or a fancy suit of armor, every dog (dung?) has its day, it would seem.

Trivia

Easy

What Catapulted The MP3 Into Popular Use?

Trivia

Hard

“Blood Rain”, Described By Multiple Accounts Throughout History Isn’t Tinted With Blood, But?

Trivia

Hard

Viewers Of Star Trek: The Original Series Found Which Of These Confusing?

Trivia

Easy

Which Of These Common Vegetables Is A Prolific Perennial?

Trivia

Hard

In The 1920s, Which One Of These Industrial Titans Built An Entire City In South America?

Trivia

Hard

The Phrase “Bob’s Your Uncle” Comes To Us By Way Of?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Astronomical Phenomenon Is Unique To Earth In Our Solar System?

Trivia

Easy

The British Tradition Of Driving On The Left Side Of The Road Is Thanks To?

Trivia

Easy

The Sound Of Your Knuckles Cracking Is Caused By?

Trivia

Very Hard

Which Film Was The First To Feature A Photo-Realistic Computer-Generated Character?