I shall smite you since I paid $1,000 to do so!
Hell, I knew people that would forgo days of sleep JUST so their "coven" could remain undefeated in a war. I shit you not.
I knew people that spent tens of thousands on a single game. You read that correct. Tens of thousands. Holy hot french fry on a dill pickle spear! That's just borderline insane! I'm sure there are charities out there that would have loved to receive some of that excess cash, but making sure your character isn't "pistol whipped" by the big boys is a much better investment.
Oh and I can't talk about these games without mentioning the one common thread in all of them: drama. OMFG. Facebook doesn't hold a candle to the drama that can be drummed up in these domains. I'll admit to be both sucked in and instigating drama in a game. It's so fucking easy. Even the most stoic of individuals can be wrangled onto the drama train.
One of the leading causes of drama is "marriage". In most of these games, one can develop a relationship and get married. There is no ceremony nor is there a sharing of tax status. This is NOT a real marriage, folks. HA!! Try telling some of these people. I knew someone whose real life marriage was ruined because of an online marriage. That's some pretty heavy duty drama right there. Granted, some of these "marriages" do churn out real life connections. Yeah, then those people get to meet and in some cases live with that other person. Suddenly, Miss Wicked Nightglider isn't the sexy, bombshell of a gladiator you once thought. She's actually a manipulative shrew that now has you devising ways of chopping her up and transporting her in three different cars for a rather unceremonious burial.
Now not all people look at these relationships as real so to lump them all together would be rather unfair of me. Still, majority of them are bunny boilers in the making.
I will admit to getting sucked into a few of these so-called "relationships". Do I regret them? Some I do. A few I don't. I've actually met some of my dearest friends that way.