Depending on your age, you may have been fortunate to miss this trend. Mafia Wars, which allowed players to establish a team of mobsters, battle each other, and earn loot, was obnoxious for several reasons. One was the monetization methods, which would allow players to buy their way around the grind for power. The second was that it encouraged players to recruit other players. As a result, people’s Myspace and Facebook friends were horrifically harassed. The game almost spawned a few sequels and spinoffs, but now the entire franchise has seemingly disappeared, rendering all those hard-earned acquisitions pointless in the aftermath.