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In an Effort to Combat Wealth Inequality, Rich Kids to Experience Being Broke with New VR Game

Cutting-Edge Tech Tackles Inequality: New VR Sim Teaches Rich Kids How to Be Poor

Bemoaning the lack of hardship in their children’s pampered lives, wealthy parents are flocking to purchase “Broken Dreams VR,” a new, deeply misguided virtual reality experience promising to teach kids the true meaning of financial struggle.

“We wanted our children to develop empathy, but also, like, an appreciation for hard work,” explains venture capitalist heiress, Tiffany Trustfund, adjusting her real diamonds while discussing fictional adversity. “Privilege can be blinding. Perhaps a virtual eviction will make them realize just how lucky they are?”

The game is hyper-realistic. Players navigate a bleak digital landscape, battling past-due bills, dysfunctional appliances, and the ever-present existential dread of living paycheck-to-paycheck.

“Level one is choosing between buying meds and paying rent,” boasts lead developer, Cody McStartup. His tone is strangely detached for someone who’s clearly never faced such a dilemma. “The goal is to not get kicked out of your roach-infested apartment before your chronic disease kills you. Fun, right?”

Unsurprisingly, the game is a hit among the wealthy elite’s offspring. “It’s, like, intense,” says young heir Remington Rockefeller, briefly forgetting the new gaming rig his parents bought to ease his virtual suffering. “I never knew ramen noodles could be used in so many creatively tragic ways.”

However, social justice advocates are unimpressed. “Poverty isn’t entertainment,” scoffs community organizer Nadia Changemaker. “Real people live these struggles daily. This game turns their hardship into a rich kid’s thrill ride.”

Critics point out that “Broken Dreams VR” reinforces, not dismantles, class divides. Kids get a sanitized, consequence-free glimpse into poverty that can be turned off the moment they remove the expensive headset.

Naturally, the developers are already planning sequels with even more immersive misery. “Broken Dreams VR 2.0: The College Years” features loan sharks and even sadder ramen recipes. Add-on packs include the option to have a virtual parent serving time in the prison-industrial complex. It’s unclear whether those profits will be used to actually improve the lives of the marginalized, or just fund the next luxury yacht upgrade.

Whether “Broken Dreams VR” creates a generation of more compassionate (and slightly less spoiled) millionaires remains to be seen. But, one thing’s for sure: if those rich kids decide to redistribute even a fraction of their wealth, those fancy VR headsets might just have been worth the investment.

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