How EVE Online predicted the recession, and helped one man win a bet
Ramin Shokrizade is a virtual exconomist; he consults with developers when a game will feature an economy. He's also a gamer, who made a bet with his friend in 2006 regarding the nation's banking crisis, and what he predicted would happen. He had seen a similar situation happen before in EVE Online.
Although EVE wasn't - and isn't - a perfect model by which to inform real-world speculation, it's fascinating to see how much games can mirror reality, even when they might not intend to. The Corrupted Blood plague in World of Warcraft is used by the CDC as a study for disease spread, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that EVE, a game that balances heavily on player economy, could teach us a thing or two about our own economy.
The downside is that the article is a little dense and not the most exciting read, but feel free to post in the comments if you're confused by anything - it looks like Shokrizade is actively perusing and responding.