The Money Game: The Great American Pastime Now Free With A Googlers Money

George Goodman’s, The Money Game, was published in 1968. It took nearly fifty years, but in 2017, we finally got the video game equivalent.

Amazon engineer Mike Roberts has probably never heard of the book; bravely he’s given us the “world's first cooperative multiplayer stock market game using real money” anyway.

The game of professional investment is tolerably boring and overexacting to anyone who is entirely exempt from the gambling instinct; whilst he who has it must pay to this propensity the appropriate toll
— "Long-Term Expectation" from Keynes' General Theory

For $12.38, Mr. Roberts passed on the investment of a lifetime. Instead, using Twitch, a live-streaming video game play platform, Twitch users can now vote on how he should “invest” $50,000 of his hard earned money - he’s so generously offered up.

In a 2014 obituary, the New York Times summed up Mr. Goodman’s book best. The Money Game, published in the spring of 1968, became an immediate best seller. The book posited that the machinations of money were high drama, understandable to the lay reader, and perhaps most important to the book’s success, humorous. The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post both lauded it as a masterly exposition of mass psychology.

Business Insider describes the book as one of the finest ever covering finance, even going so far as naming their 'markets' vertical after the book.

"I'm not that insane. It's just sort of an experiment," Roberts said on CNBC's "Power Lunch" in early July. "I just found nobody has ever done something like this before. I kind of wanted to be the first person to do it … I plan on just leaving it forever, building it up, adding more features."

Mr. Robots is free to spend his time and money however he wishes, but if he wanted to perform an exercise in mass psychology, he should have just donated his time or money to something more worthwhile.  

More Silicon Valley access or trojan horse PR shenanigans? Probably both.