You’re Playing It Wrong
In this tale of depravity, The Simpsons: Tapped Out becomes a gateway to a far darker addiction
The beginning was so innocent. Idly browsing free iOS games, I stumbled across The Simpsons: Tapped Out. I’m not what you would call the prototypical hardcore gamer, but after steadily gaming since a NES landed under my Christmas tree in 1988, I’m far from casual, so the hysteria for social games where you click on things had largely passed me by. I was casual-curious. The Simpsons licence was tempting and socially acceptable, and I scoffed at the notion of ever being lured through a free-to-play portal into paying real money for virtual extras. Then I clicked on Download.
Little did I know I was instigating a process that would result, with disorienting speed, in