I don't have the story in front of me and I don't have a link for it, but I was reading in today's paper (The Courier Mail) that somebody bought some virtual land on ebay for over A$30000.
Now, I know some people get addicted and really into games, but this is taking it way too far. This guy would have to be single, because I don't know any girlfriend or wife that would allow their partner to make this kind of investment.
But that is'nt the scary thing, the scary thing is that he will actually make money from it. Apparently the guy can sell mining and other rights to his land, and charge people to visit it.