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Would You Spend Money On Mobile Games?

Wong Shu Lee  


  April 07, 2021

Are you a gamer? Have you ever spent money on games? I used to think that game consoles are luxuries, until I tapped on the “Top-Up” button in a mobile game last October. 


RM3.90 seems like a small figure but sedikit-sedikit lama-lama menjadi bukit, before I realised, I already spent more than a game console’s price via in-app purchases on the mobile game. This made me understand why free-to-play games have major advertising campaigns on social media. 


When I started to chat with other players on the game, I found out that I’m not the only one that falls into the trap. Some players have spent more than RM2k on the current game they are playing and even more on previous games. Besides, there are college students who put their PTPTN loans into the game. 


I went into Quora to seek others’ opinions on mobile gaming just to discover that many gamers would spend an unexpectedly high amount of money on mobile games. 



In another discussion, a netizen pointed out that all hobbies come with a certain cost. 



However, another netizen argued that mobile games are not worth the money because players wouldn’t stick with the same game for long. 



In fact, a typical mobile game “lives” about 3 months. Although there are some long-lasting mobile games, such as the famous Candy Crush, Pokémon GO, and LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum, most players are not actively playing them on a daily basis. 


Personal Verdict


Just like what is mentioned above, everyone spends money on hobbies. Personally, I don’t think it’s a big deal to spend some money to have a better gaming experience. However, it’s important to remind yourself that all the items and achievements in the game are virtual. Please make sure that you’re not compromising your real life when you’re spending money on games. Don’t compete with big ‘whales’ especially if you’re still a student. 


After all, games are just entertainment. Let’s stay rational and have fun! 



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