There's no doubt about it. Video games are one of the most expensive habits next to hardcore drug use. Not only do you have to invest in the system you prefer, but each new game will run you anywhere from $40-$70, and that's not including special or collector's editions.
Even with all that accounted for, that's still nothing compared to the price that some of the people on this list have paid. Whether it's a child dropping all of their parents money on virtual coins to buy cows or people spending more than you will make in your life on a club that exists solely in the virtual world, these people really know how to spend money on their filthy habits.
What is the most money spent on a game? Take a look here and see how foolish some people are, that they're willing to fork over so much money for a video game.
Virtual Club Sold For $635,000Photo: MindArk
I have to admit, I have no idea why anyone would spend money on virtual goods. To me, I need my money to go to something tangible, like real swords or houses or food, as opposed to those things for a character in a game. So when I heard about a guy that paid $100,000 in real cold hard cash for a virtual asteroid, I was floored. It turns out it was a spectacular investment on his part though. Jon Jacobs, who I assume is some sort of Howard Hughes-esque eccentric millionaire, took his newly acquired piece of land and changed it into a Pleasure Island of sorts for the rest of the Entropia Universe (the MMO where all of this takes place) to enjoy.
Entropia is different from other MMOs in the fact that instead of putting in real money for fake goods to make fake money, one can actually make a real living off of goods bought by other users of the game. Jacobs was able to make almost $200,000 per year at his "Club Neverdie" by charging entry fees and building a virtual mall where people can shop and socialize, even go hunting.
Check out this advert for the club:
With Club NeverDie thriving, it was a surprise to many when Jacobs decided to sell it off in pieces. Though there were many buyers, the single largest purchase came from John Foma Kalun, who bought the main section of the asteroid for a whopping $335,000. (This beat the previous $300,000 record set by the sale of the Crystal Palace Station.) When all was said and done, Jacobs was able to sell the whole property for a staggering $635,000, a $535,000 profit not including the income he made over the course of his five years of ownership.Now that I know that it is possible to make that sort of cash online, it makes me rethink my position on virtual goods and services.
Heart-Broken Man Sells Engagment Ring And Buys Master Chief ArmorPhoto: Microsoft Game Studios
Okay, this story is just awesome.
Heartbreak is sad and horrible, but sometimes awesome things can come from it. Take this story for example.
Eric Smith was your typical man in love. He was so in love in fact that he went out and bought his girlfriend the ring of her dreams. When he popped the question though, he got a response that he never could have imagined. Instead of saying yes, she told him that she couldn't marry him because she was in love with another guy. Not only that, but she had been having sex with him on the regular, in Eric's car, and the CD in the player that he had been listening to for the past month was a mix made by the guy she was banging. Harsh.
While most stories would end with poor Eric breaking down and spiraling into a deep depression only to find himself six months later with a Grizzly Adams beard and slight cocaine habit, this one has a happy twist. Eric, being the level-headed guy that most of us wish we could be, decided not to spend time dwelling on what a vicious s**t-demon he almost married. Instead he promptly sold the $2000 custom ring on eBay and spent the money on the only thing that could possibly make a true gamer happy, a full custom suit of Spartan armor from "Halo."
This gorgeous piece of equipment is 40 pounds of dark green fiberglass modeled after the main character of "Halo", Master Chief. It also comes fully equipped with the signature golden visor and light up LEDs.
Sure, he could have taken the money and used it to pay off student debts or put a down payment on a new car that didn't have the stink of infidelity, but I think that a full scale replica of video game armor will help him reach wherever he needs to go in life.
Woman Embezzled $166,000 From Job For Mafia WarsPhoto: Zynga
In a case of life imitating art, Bettysue Higgins of Maine recently pled guilty to the charges of embezzling over $166,000 from her employers to help fund her addiction to the online Facebook games "Mafia Wars" and "YoVille." Over the course a year Higgins wrote herself 78 fake checks from her job to buy virtual coins in game. Of course she also wrote 142 other checks for, you know, walking around money.
I don't know what's worse. The fact that she spent over $5000 of stolen money on a free online game, or that she is 54 and looks like she could be your grandmother.
A Boy Emptied His Mom's Bank Account Playing FIFAPhoto: EA Sports
These days, it's not uncommon to see the most anticipated games of the year marked down to 50% off just a few weeks after release. With the value of games depreciating, developers have come to rely on downloadable bonus content and microtransactions to keep the lights on.
With additional content becoming more prevalent, it can sometimes be a little too easy to drop boatloads of cash in-game without even realizing it; a truth that one unfortunate Irish family learned the hard way. Just weeks before Christmas, an unnamed mother went to withdraw money for the holidays, only to discover that her bank account had been totally drained.
It turns out that the woman had let her son purchase FIFA 18 using her debit card, and her card number had remained linked to the boy's account. Every time he purchased in-game credits, her bank account was charged real money.
The woman described her frustration regarding the incident:
This was my first Christmas working full time and then to go to your bank account and find it empty with the whole month’s pay and overtime in the buildup to Christmas just gone is horrendous.
While the story is pretty heart-wrenching, as of December 2017, Sony has refused to refund the money, since the credits were already used by the child.