Spent is a very short interactive online game on the realities of the unemployed and the underemployed. Spent is a question and answer game where a player must make financial choices that determine if you can survive poverty and homelessness.
The Spent game is offered by the Urban Ministries of Durham and created by the ad agency McKinney. Urban Ministries’ mission “is to provide food, clothing, shelter and supportive services” to those in need serving over 6,000 people every year.
The game starts with educating players on the reality that over 14 million people are unemployed. Imagine if you are one of them and have to make choices between housing, food or healthcare. What choices would you make? Can you make it through the month?
The game sets the player with $1,000 for one month and must make decisions based on circumstances many people face. The game ends when players either run out of money before the end of the month or make it through with money left over.