Just played Spent and got my butt kicked. Loans went unpaid, the gas was turned off… How depressing. For so many people this is no game.
You’re a savvy consumer used to pulling yourself up by your boostraps. So if you were a jobless parent, down to your last $1,000, you could make it work, right? Spent is a new free online “game” that tests to see whether you have what it takes. Put out by the Urban Ministries of Durham, it’s less fun than a sobering dose of reality. I played it and in order to make it through the month I couldn’t let my kid go on field trips and I missed his baseball game in order to take a job helping a neighbor move. Also, I got fired for talking to a union organizer. The gas also got shut off and I drove away from an accident instead of paying the ticket. I had no choice, otherwise I would have gone broke and lost the game.
I chose the warehouse job because I worked in one for 11 years… but opted out of health care. Ooops.