I always conduct my tests on subject groups as large as 20 people. I find that group size large enough to speak for the entire population. Also, I happen to be related to 14 of these 20 people. So basically, I've just proven that I'm related to 70% of the worlds population. My research is undisputable. Also, this post might a partial lie.
Sure, I can agree that the data is unreadable, but that particular laptop is hardly bricked by it. You can still switch out the harddrive or boot from a USB stick.
(afaik bricked means you can't use it anymore)
Finally someone who remembers this. Habbo was probably one of the first to make it big through this. They started out back in august 2000, years before these MMOs mentioned in the comments were released. And they made huge amounts of cash through selling virtual furniture for single digit euro prices!
Hell, they even started out before there was the euro as a currency!