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The Poverty Game

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by immoimeme, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. immoimeme

    immoimeme my posts r modded

  2. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member

    Is it supposed to do something? Some music plays, and the word "SPENT" appears at the bottom with a line through it, but that's all I see after a couple of minutes....
  3. pat c

    pat c Well-Known Member

    Depressing to say the least, but it does show the vicious circle.
  4. KatieC

    KatieC So peaceful

    Like the motivational speaker said to my group today - I'm lucky I have a good job. Even if I don't like it much, it's better to have it than not.
  5. agalisgv

    agalisgv Well-Known Member

    I came out pretty good :shuffle:
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  6. Japanfan

    Japanfan Well-Known Member

    I failed the typing test. . .and I type about 80 wpm. :confused:

    Tried again and did past the test, came out ahead at the ahead of the month. But I might be dead because I didn't see the doctor (did pay the vet bill, though), my family hates me, and I'm going to have to start hitch-hiking to work.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2011
  7. nerdycool

    nerdycool Well-Known Member

    You will all be happy to know that I did not go to my waitressing job when I was sick. :)

    Otherwise, I failed.
  8. Hannahclear

    Hannahclear Well-Known Member

    I passed, by about $250 bucks. I was ignoring tooth pain and doing other shady things though, like driving away.

    This site is a good way for them to raise awareness. The agency is to be congratulated on their good idea.
  9. martian_girl

    martian_girl New Member

    I came out ahead too. Of course, I did go to work sick, miss my best friend's wedding, drive away from a hit and run accident and give Fido to the animal shelter, but all in all things went well. :p
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  10. Cupid

    Cupid Well-Known Member

    I had $328 at the end of the month! But I still need the pesky root canal, my dog is suffering in pain, and it's getting chilly in here. No help yet from my Facebook friends, either!
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  11. Lainerb

    Lainerb New Member

    I got fired for talking to co-workers about setting up a union. Anyway, the 'average unemployed American' you play does not fit me at all. I don't drive a car, have kids or live in the city.
  12. mkats

    mkats Well-Known Member

    Are your (facebook) "friends" supposed to refuse to help you sometimes? :confused: I keep hitting "ask friends for help" every time, and nothing (bad) happens.

    I made it through with $888 as a temp worker...but some of those choices were pretty risky.
  13. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

    I tried to be responsible, pay bills on time, etc. I ran out of $$$ on Day 18.
  14. agalisgv

    agalisgv Well-Known Member

    how did y'all get involved in a hit-and-run accident?
  15. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

    That was one of the situations when I played. Pulled out of a parking space or something and hit another parked car - the choices were to take off or pay the other car owner.
  16. Louis

    Louis Well-Known Member

    Came out ahead with $446 and then $577 and made decisions as I normally would; didn't have to do anything I would consider unethical. Made sure that relatives and even the pet (which I would not have) were treated.

    Some of the scenarios were bogus -- told me I couldn't pay all my bills even though I had enough cash to do so. :confused:
  17. Hannahclear

    Hannahclear Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I did notice the bill thing. I had like $450 or so and my bills were only $250. So neither would have gotten shut off.

    I just played again and came out with about $348, but then again, what would I do if I had to pay the rent with just that much? That'd be a problem.
  18. PRlady

    PRlady flipflack

    I lost my job because I wanted to unionize and went broke on day 22 because I wouldn't let my pet suffer.

    That's actually about what would happen.

    (It didn't help that my cat, who has a somewhat pink and squinchy eye, is peering at me over the computer. He's going to the vet on Tuesday if it isn't better by then.)

    It's a good game.
  19. lise

    lise Well-Known Member

    I came out ahead as well, but you can't have a life kid goes to school sick and the poor pet has to suffer! :(
  20. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

    I made it through easily, but with a sore tooth. I had health insurance but no dental.

    Did anyone get through and have their root canal?
  21. Hannahclear

    Hannahclear Well-Known Member

    That was a toughie. I did well a couple of times, but always with my numbing gel.

    Another thing that annoyed me about the game is that I specifically paid the highest rent mentioned so that my gas costs were $5 per month. But then all this car stuff kept coming up! Um hello! That's why I picked that. Also, it's a little unrealistic, because not keeping a car and working very close to home is a good idea for those of modest means. They should have different problems for those that paid more to live close, like that damn kid and his window breaking ways!

    Still like the game though.
  22. mkats

    mkats Well-Known Member

    You also don't get penalized if you spend $0 on food...I kept waiting for it to pop up "starvation" at some point.