As technology has become increasingly integral to our daily lives, it's now easier than ever to waste exorbitant amounts of money on useless things. There are few better ways to lose track of your spending than by developing mobile game addictions, and many people end up spending thousands of dollars on available upgrades in their favorite iPhone or Android games.
While that kind of spending has become more commonplace, hearing horror stories of people who spent money on mobile games never becomes any less shocking. Considering just how many mobile games exist for the sole purpose of sucking up your money, it's far too easy for someone to rationalize that kind of crazy spending while they're busy starring listlessly into their phone screens.
Here are some wild stories about the most money anyone has spent on mobile games, taken directly from the Internet.
An Offer She Couldn't Refuse
"One of my old friends's mom is hooked on Mafia Wars (I think that's what it's called) on Facebook. She's probably sunk at least 40 to 50 thousand dollars into it. Probably even more. Her house is absolutely trashed, and she basically completely withdrew from her son's life.
"The last time I can remember going over, her entire room was filled with just hundreds of pizza boxes and McDonalds bags. When you enter the house, the smell just smacks you in the face, even though she basically just stays in her room."
It led to my friend getting into drug dealing, just to be able to pay for his school, payments on the house, and food. It's pretty ridiculous. He ended up dropping out of college, and getting pulled into that type of life, which led to me cutting ties with him. We haven't talked for at least three to four years.
I'm not sure if she's still hooked on it, but I hope she's found the help she needs."
Impatience Explains Everything
"I play Game of War Fire Age way too often, so I'll speak on behalf of this game. There are a few different groups. Non spenders, occasional spenders, daily spenders, and overspenders.
"In the game, you can pay anywhere from $5 to $100 at a time for packs of items such as speedups, resources, and gold. You're an idiot if you don't get a 'special pack' because if you don't all you get is the gold and a worthless item or two. The specials have hundreds of good items. The trick is, every time you buy a special pack, the prices goes up. $5, then $10, then $20, then $100.
"Back to the original topic. Im an occasional spender and I have spent over $1000 in the span of 200 or so days. Most players of the game plays daily to make sure their troops don't die. Its not uncommon for a player to spend $10k or more. Some players are rich in real life and have spends hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"It hugely unbalances the game but it gives others an incentive to spend to even it out. Create a reason for players to play a lot and get addicted, and they will play. Also, make players want to speedup their "builds" or whatever you want to call them. Impatient people will spend lots of money."
Pay Enough, And You Don't Even Have To Play The Game
"I've spent about £1900, or about $3k CAD(I'm Canadian btw, and this doesn't account for exchange rate changes), on a free to play browser based game. This money has been spent over the course of about 2 years. In the game you can buy tokens to increase various boosts, such as exp and gold. To completely max all your boosts it takes £1000. You can also buy more auto fights, for if you need to step away from the computer."
Tanks Can't Be Your Whole World
"I have spent a total of $2,149.46 on World of Tanks. I did it because I was addicted and it was all in small amounts. The logic was "oh it's just $24.99 and that gold will last me days/weeks" except it didn't. I couldn't afford it after awhile. It was very much like a drug addiction. Constantly feeling the need to pay for useless sh*t in game... I haven't played in some time though. I can't go back to that."