I Paid how Much for Super Pokes?

I tend to not play many online computer games on Facebook. I would much rather go outside and hit a tennis ball around or throw a Frisbee. I admit that I'll play a few rounds of Bejeweled every now and again, and I have an ESPN Bar and Grill (I figured I might as well use my bar tending experience and pretend like I still know what I am doing). These games can be pretty addicting and suck up your spare time. I don't mean to, but occasionally I have found myself taking fake orders from cartoon people at my bar and spending a half hour on a pointless game. I don't know why clicking a mouse countless times takes up my time, but it does. Something I will never do however is spend money on any of these games. Many of the online Facebook apps have sections where you can buy different enhancements to make sure the game is more fun for you.

In the ESPN game, you can earn dollars and coins so you can upgrade your bar and make sure your patrons are happy. With each passing level, you get the opportunity to buy new furniture, food and beverage stations, bigger televisions and so forth. If you don't want to spend the time doing this for free, they have an option for you to buy coins and dollars. The prices range from $5 to $100 and depending on how much of your real money you spend is how many fake dollars and coins you will receive. I cannot think of a worse way to spend my money then to put it into an imaginary bar that will get me nowhere in life. Sure, I may get a few more guests and my TV may be bigger, but that's in pretend-ville (a made up place). Back in the real world, I have less money to spend on practical things.

I came across an article, and it made me realize how much money we throw away each year on useless things. Apparently, SuperPoke, an online game for Facebook is shutting down, leaving tons of virtual goods behind. Not only is it leaving tons of unused goodies behind, it means that people have sunk in tons of money into a game that is being shut down. The first sentence of the article is what struck me most. According to CNN Money, each year an estimated $650 million of real money is being sunk into these online games for very unreal goods. That cow you just threw at someone, or that pillow fight you just started on Facebook just cost you a pretty penny.

The next time you think about spending money on a pointless game online, think again. Chances are, you can earn your way to whatever level you want to achieve. Sure, it may take you a little while longer, but let's be honest. In my mind, there's no reasonable explanation for anyone to spend a significant amount of money on a seemingly useless game. Do yourself a favor and put the money towards something productive. You'll be happy you did.

Do you spend money on online games?

Seth P.