Actor and musician Jack Black is big into video games–he even started a YouTube channel to celebrate games (and many other, unrelated activities). The Jumanji star has now revealed that he’s spent a large sum of money on one mobile game in particular.
In an appearance on the Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend podcast, Black said he’s less drawn to console games these days and more toward mobile games, and WTG Golf in particular. Like other free-to-play games, WTG Golf offers microtransactions–and Black is embarrassed at how much he has spent on them.
“Right now it’s all about WTG Golf. It’s really embarrassing. It’s extremely satisfying, and truth be told, expensive. It’s just horrifying because they have figured me out. They know my brain. I have a little bit of OCD,” he said of the game’s microtransaction practices.
In WTG Golf, you can spent money to buy new sets of clothing, among other things. The clothing, which also features attribute boosts for putting and driving–can be unlocked through gameplay or by spending real money. Black has elected to spend money to buy the best clothing.
“I’m not going to tell you how much money I’ve spent on these clothes–because I don’t even know! It’s so much money,” he said.
Black joked that he’s spent so much money on WTG Golf that his children won’t be able to go to a good university. “I have set aside some money for their college, but yeah, they’re not going to be going to the best college,” he joked.
“It’s not just money, but hours of time. It’s so foolish,” Black said of playing WTG Golf.
Conan O’Brien shared his own over-spending story, saying he has spent a lot of money on the mobile game Clash of Clans. “I could have bought an OK watch. Instead, I’ve defended something that doesn’t exist to impress friends of my son that I haven’t met,” he said.
Jack Black starred in the 2009 Double Fine game Brutal Legend, and he also lent his vocal talents to another Double Fine game, 2014’s Broken Age. His next big movie is this month’s Jumanji: The Next Level.