>> Jorge Yao, the game’s undisputed champion, figures he has spent north of $2500 in real money
>> on buying gems, and according to back-of-the-envelope calculations, the cost of fully fitting out your virtual
>> village is on the order of $5000 when you include walls. It’s little wonder the top clans leaderboard is full of
>> players like “>< Royal ><” from Kuwaiti clan “Q8 FORCE” and clan UAE’s “khalifa” (presumably from Bahrain’s
>> ruling House of Khalifa).
So just make game interesting for this Kuwaiti guys and you are bathing in gold.
We got to be pretty good as a team, but were never consistently as good as the masters of AOE DM, Team Sudden Death ( http://web.archive.org/web/20000816002743/http://www.laseref... ). In a 2-on-2 or 3-on-3 against them, they would almost always beat us.
One of the rumours that we heard at the time was that some of the children of one of the emirs in the UAE were crazy about Age of Empires, particularly DM mode. We heard a story that they had flown one or more SD members to the UAE for a week or so to teach them how to be master DM players. We heard that SD got very well paid for this tutorial.