An anonymous reader writes to mention a new, unique situation in Massively Multiplayer games. The Entropia Universe title has broken new ground by being granted five virtual banking licenses
. These are exactly what you think they are: in-game bankers can transfer Entropia funds directly to your real-world bank account as real world cash. The well-known conversion rate between EU cash and real money allows this; more entertainingly, you can withdraw RL cash into EU notes via the banks as well. From the article: "These two-year exclusive licenses will be available through the public auction within Entropia Universe and will be open for bids beginning mid January 2007. Entropia Universe is the only virtual universe on the internet whose currency has a fixed exchange rate with the US Dollar. Its currency can easily be moved between Entropia Universe and the real world using an ATM card. The Entropia ATM card can be used to instantly withdraw real cash from over 1 million ATM machines worldwide"