Sony's Fate/Grand Order Mobile Game Drives Man To Spend $70,000

Posted: Mar 17 2018, 3:47am CDT | by , Updated: Mar 17 2018, 3:51am CDT, in News | Technology News

 
Sony's Fate/Grand Order Mobile Game Drives Man to Spend $70,000

What the f!@#?

The Wall Street Journal portraits a Japanese man named Daigo, who spent $70,000 on the mobile game Fate/Grand Order published by Sony. Fate/Grand Order is generation $1 billion in revenues for Sony in the past 12 months according to an Ace Research Institute.

31-year-old Daigo is clearly a video game addict. He plays the game as much, except when he sleeps and drives a car. Fate/Grand Order is free to download, but players apparently get addicted to collecting and leveling up characters. The game mixes the typical Pokemon style gameplay with high-end graphics and deep storytelling.

In the 2.40-minute video (watch below) released by WSJ, Daigo tries to explain why he spent $70,000 on in-app purchases. The game grabs him emotionally. He is drawn to the characters and establishes emotional bonds with them. He is addicted to making his characters stronger, thus spending enormous amounts of money on them.

Daigo is why I teach my kids since day one about how mobile apps try to lure them into making in-app purchases. Games make you wait or make it hard to advance without making an in-app purchase.

They understand the manipulations now and also know that buying your character a digital sword is worth nothing in the real world. I rather spend money on a good game like Mario Run up front than the constant exposure of in-app purchase temptations.

Fate/Grand Order is not just available Japan, you can also find Fate Grand Order as English version in the US iTunes app store and Google Play store. Maybe you should disable in-app purchases before you play Fate/Grand Order before you play as a safety precaution.

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