"Your game is the greatest, most addictive, most realistic simulation
of the financial markets ever invented. You would absolutely crack up
to know that I've personally witnessed a bank CEO that at the time was
making $13 million a year, several real estate company leaders that
made even more than that, and lots of random people on airplanes
playing your game on their laptops, with a crazed look in their eyes."
Scott K., (Westlake, Ohio)
"... Being a high school student in a third world country, I couldn't immediately
afford to buy WSR so I had to make do with the trial version. Eventually, I found the
two-year-long games so unsatisfying that I decided to pony up the $30 to buy it.
I spent many nights after school playing the game, learning its complex structure.
While my friends played Counterstrike, DoTA or whatever first-person-shooters
were popular back then, I played Wall Street Raider.
"Long story short, I'm now an equity analyst at a brokerage firm here in the
Philippines. I can honestly say that I learned the markets way before I even
participated in it thanks to you and WSR. I just thought I'd let you know and
thank you, for playing a large role in my life, despite not knowing who I am."
--Paolo B. (Quezon City, Philippines)
"Let me start by saying that your game has completely ruined
my social life, all I do any more is just sit in front of my
computer and try and make the stock in my fictional company
go up, it's horrible. One things for sure, before I started
playing WSR I couldn't tell you the difference between a
stock or a bond, now I feel that I can make a trillion
dollars in the market, only if I weren't so timid."
-- Deborah T. (Georgia, USA)
"Thank you for WSR. The first time i bought a WSR copy is like 3 years ago in college.
Now I am a trader in morgan stanley's mutual fund subsidiary in China. WSR taught
me a ton of value investing and much more. I hope in the future when I could head a
department, I would force all my analysts play WSR. :-) , which is better than any
training in my opinion....
"Your product has inspired me through my career. WSR is priceless for me."
Yi Z. (China)
"I run a company called virgoanalytics.com and I am using this to train people who have
masters degrees in economics :-)
"You've done a wonderful thing with this over the years !"
Varun G. (Mumbai, India)
I have thousands of hours playing W$R and have been incredibly
frustrated by every one of them.
I think that that is what makes a great game. A game is something that
should not be easily beaten or mastered, it should be one that you can
find new challenges with every new iteration. I think that with every
new game that I started, a new challenge appeared. I would never “beat”
the game twice in a row. This is the sign of great work in game design.
I would like to thank you for the attention to detail. I have
learned most everything that I know about business and stocks because
of this game. I am in the final stages of my MBA and have this game
to thank for it. I never thought in middle/high school that I would
want to be in business, ... [b]ut this game taught me about the
excitement that comes with business and changed my outlook on my
In short, thank you. Thank you for everything.
Zachary M. (Fort Smith, Arkansas)
"Thank you for hunting me down by snailmail. Yours was the
first shareware I ever paid for and I still play the old DOS
game. Got your card yesterday. stayed up all night playing,
ordered this morning. Good thing it came while i'm on vacation."
-- Glen R. (Evansville, Indiana, USA)
"p.s.--your software is so "lifelike"; it is almost as
if one were viewing the "real" ticker from the NYSE!"
"I love the game, it's amazing...."
"The game is the gold standard for investing or trading and as an equity analyst in real life,
I find the game to be a very addictive and accurate depiction of finance."
-- Reviewer on download.cnet.com
"I recently read on your website that you might be done making updates to the game.
I wanted to send a quick email to let you know how much it has meant to me.
My best friend and I used to play it all the time when we were teenagers (and
still play it today). It was our introduction to investing. I am now in my 30's
and my job involves trading options. I owe a lot to you and the game for
helping me find my passion for the stock market.
"Thank you for all the hard work. It has really changed my life.
Preston C. (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
("A thank you note from a W$R cub")
Where to start?
I guess I should start from the beginning...
It was back in the early or mid 90s when I found the Wall Street Raider computer game
(DOS version) while searching the net for a decent financial simulator. I spent countless
hours (probably in the 1000s) mastering this game as my parents thought i was ruining my life.
At the time I was only starting to invest in the real world and tried a few investing
techniques that in the end didn't get me really far (in fact I was more in the red than anything).
Buying stocks under book value with improving earning prospects was my sweet spot in
WSR and eventually I figured that if I was going to apply this to real life investing maybe
I would have a better chance at getting interesting returns.
The results I got for the following 15 years were pretty interesting indeed (I've attached
the audited track record for the years 1998 to 2012) Today, I (with 3 partners) manage the Barrage Fund :
We started the fund in 2013 applying these same concepts that I had learned in WSR some 22 years ago.
While still an irrelevant player in the asset management business (with about 50M$ of AUM) we are growing nicely.
Sometimes I wonder where I would be today if you did not decide to code WSR...
As the years are passing, I realize today that you are to me what Ben Graham was to Warren Buffet.
Thank you so much Mr Jenkins!
Patrick T. (Quebec)
(Note from M. Jenkins -- His attachment, a document audited by KPMG in 2012, showed he
had achieved a total return of 11,807% on invested capital from 1998-2012 -- or a compounded
annual rate of 40.61%. Astonishing!)
"I am a high school Economics teacher from Brisbane, Australia.
"I was addicted to W$R as a university student (well over a
decade ago) but hadn't played it since, and recently stumbled
across it again when looking for resources to use with my
Year 11 Economics class. We started playing the shareware
version in class on my laptop, and we are all hooked! It is
even better than I remember and the students love exploring
things they can do. Even though they don't understand a lot
of the terminology at their introductory level, they are
learning heaps as they go (and somehow beating me
"Thanks for your ongoing work on this fantastic piece
of software (truly the best available anywhere!)...."
--Chris T. (Queensland, Australia)
"On a personal note, I must thank you for producing such an entertaining piece
of software. As you say, it is a careful blend of finance, economics, accounting,
and taxes. I have played with the simulation for nearly a decade, and have not
tired of it."
--Josh L. (Austin, Texas, USA)
"I am still very new to the game overall, just finding out about it a little over a
month ago and I have to say that I am absolutely addicted like CRAZY,
I LOVE LOVE this game so much!"
Joseph McF___ (location unknown)
"Thanks Mike, I'm going to use the link and registration now to buy the new version.
It's almost like having a painting on my wall by some artist I love? Just to have
it is wonderful. And get into it (learn from it, admire it, etc.) Hard to explain.
Sometimes science stuff gets to me like that. Most of my life has been film (motion
pictures). You're doing something that is so cool! I've told so many people about
your WSR stuff, you wouldn't believe. Unfortunately, most people are partially
idiots and don't seem interested in learning that sort of thing."
Rod B___ from Minnesota, USA
"I just wanted to write in and say that this is the best sim
game I have ever played. It's very unpredictable, just
like the real thing, and its highly addictive.
"When I first installed it after purchase I played it for
eight hours without stop!
"I have learned a lot about the stock market just by playing
"This game should probably be required for all new hires at
investment firms, and should be used in all business schools.
I would even be willing to bet that the institutional traders
would use it to teach strategy."
-- Reagan L. (Midland, Texas, USA)
Wanted to let you know that W$R is a fantastic game. I’m 44 and remember buying
it when I was probably 15 years old.
It is hands down the best real-world stock/Corp games ever. I have a 2 yr old
and 4 yr old…and when old enough I hope to get them a head start by exposing
them to takeovers…white knights…..shorting…..etc.
You made a 15 yr old feel like a Gordon Gecko…..
-- Beau R. (USA)
"...one more question for you, given our litigious society, could
the author of an extremely addictive software be held liable
for the loss of wages and productivity experienced by a roofing
salesman using said software to not-really-earn-not-really-money?
The answer to this one is actually for my rent co-paying girlfriend.
personally, i'd rather file yet another $50 billion antitrust suit
against MicroShaft, and i think i will..."
-- User in Louisville, Kentucky
"keep up the good work, your game got me into trading now i make My
living on it, fun to play this game and feel like Warren buffet for a day :)"
-- Fredrik A. (Kalix, Sweden)
"i just wanted 2 say thank you sooo much for making a computer
game educative, enlightening, and just downright fun. not
many of those unfortunately available, especially geared
toward stock exchanges. best wishes and continued success."
-- 19 y/o from NY
"W$R has been very educational as well as a fun time suck which
resets my brain after working 10-12 hour days solving network
problems. There have been many days/nights of playing W$R until
3am (sometimes til 5am) because I totally lost track of time
kicking some A$$ building a virtual fortune. Over the years I
have enjoyed W$R immensely and have looked forward to the
latest updates adding more complexity and features to the game.
"It’s hard to find any simulations nowadays that don’t look
like kids games (i.e. Tycoon titles) which is why I’ve enjoyed
W$R so much. The interface looks basic but packs so much into
it, there is no way you can get bored playing W$R.
"Your game has brought me many hours of joy & bliss and for
that I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!!"
--Patrick R., from Illinois
"You will find it interesting to know that using your game, I've gotten my
partner's (I work in a job where a partner is required for safety) niece
interested in business. She's just nine, but where she used to be more
interested in watching cartoons nonstop and refusing to do her homework,
she now demands I get off my computer so she can play W$R. I've managed
to leverage your game into getting her to not only do her homework, but
also spending more time reading and learning in general. Her mother
doesn't know what to make of it!
"Seeing as we live in a very poor black neighborhood with a significant
drug problem, and no one in the family has ever expressed any desire to
go to college, this is all quite exciting.
"Thanks yet again for this outstanding product!"
-- David _____, user in San Francisco
"I first played this game a few years ago and thought it had ceased
to exist, so when I found this new version I was thrilled. I've
left the house a few times since then, for food, etc."
-- "Jamesq" (Location unknown)
"I'm leaving for college today, and if I'm still eligible, I
need the update link to download it to my laptop. I also want
to say I am 18 and I think this is one of the best games out
there. I've stayed up until sunrise one time playing the game.
So if I cannot get the upgrade I just want to say this is an
amazing game and you did a great job."
-- Josh B. (Lakewood, New Jersey, USA)
"...I am a HUGE fan of your program, as it is the only realistic financial game on the web...."
-- Tim B. (Fairmont, Minnesota, USA)
"I've been playing and enjoying W$R since I was 11 years old (1987)....
W$R ... either directly taught, or caused me to seek out and learn, a fairly
large number of business skills that allowed me - a high school and
college dropout - to rise as high as I wanted in several corporations.
It was also always a prime contributor to my interest in programming
and computing in general - which has worked out really well....
All this is to say that in a meaningful way I grew up with your game, and
saw my life improved by it...."
--Dave R. (California, USA)
"I downloaded the new version this past May but broke up with my
girlfriend who subsequently erased the game to spite me, convinced as
she was that I liked the game more than I liked her. She was right.
The game is awesome. Is there any way I can update again?"
-- Dave B., student at Duke University (USA)
"Thank you sir! Your company should be quite proud of this
game, it is truly exceptional."
-- James R., university student (Great Britain)
"I am a 19 year old student currently attending Providence College
in Providence, RI. I stumbled upon your website when searching for
a stock market simulator. When I downloaded and opened your W$R, I
found much much more than I ever expected....I am a finance major
and my main focus of study is investment banking.... I can tell you
right now that besides reading such books as "Liars Poker", "The Anatomy
of Greed", "Infectious Greed", and "Doing Deals", as well as many
others, your game has taught me countless things about today's financial
-- Matthew J. M.
"Also your game is brilliant, I'm no stock market expert but I'm
entertained for hours at a time."
-- Scott K. (in the U.K.)
"I love this game. You taught me so much."
-- Josh B. (Washington, D.C.)
"I've been up night upon night in front of the computer, helpless. I'm addicted to W$R.
All I read is about the economy and the stock market. I'm addicted to W$R.
I find myself up in the morning or in the middle of the day, thinking of bonds,
thinking of cashflows. Addicted.
"Your software is an evil tool from the satanist liberal-metacapitalists to enslave
our children. Well, make that adults. I'm suing you and there's nothing you can do to stop it."
-- From an unhappy (and possibly litigious) user, in Brazil
"I would like to congratulate to the wall street raiders you prepared.
This is the bussiness game I always needed. I think it is a fantastic
economy simulation. I am a student from a Hungarian Economical
University (specialized in finance), and I found your tool very useful."
-- Zoltan B., in Hungary
"I just wanted to extend my gratitude for such a game as Wall Street Raider.
It's an incredible tool for learning how wall street works and learning how
to invest. I see it as the perfect game. It has helped me tremendously in
understanding stocks, bonds, and the dynamics of the stock market."
-- Greg K. (Seattle, USA)
"I recently purchased W$R and have one thing to say. Great "entity"!
"As an avid armchair investor and serious hobbyist in economics, I
think this is a great tool for getting a basic understanding of the
markets and how they react to various stimuli. It puts years of
study into perspective. I love the small touches like when I try to
change management too often, I get an unpleasant but not unexpected
penalty with headhunters and parachutes! Also in one game, the
international confidence in the dollar fell causing many realistic
reactions in prices and yields.... I have to say this is a very
interesting product! Well worth the 29 bucks in educational value
alone. Wish I had it available 20 years ago when it could have
helped me get interested in investing. Oh well, better late than
-- Robert R. (Pennsylvania, USA)
"I would like to thank you again for the 5-year-license to use your WSR software
at our school. It is being used more than ever this year, and the effect of it
on our investment & finance course is noticeable."
-- Teacher, in Ontario, Canada
"I've been playing this game since back in the days of DOS. You have an amazing product
and great game. One of my all time favorite games and the cause of many sleepless nights!"
-- Suvid T., in San Francisco
"... just wanted to let you know how much fun i'm having with WSR [Windows Version] 4.5,
this game is like digital crack....lol. Keep up the good work."
-- Adam S. (Massachusetts, USA)
"I would have paid two hundred dollars for a program like this and have already
made ten times that with the experience I've gained! It's just ingeniously and
uniquely programmed to simulate wall street in a way I haven't seen before.
"I really love your program and it has been such a gift to me. I have learned so
much about the market that takes years to learn. I have been able to build ideas
based on market conditions and have been able to test my results in such a fast,
timely way. My experience has grown by leaps and bounds since working with
--Steve C. (Idaho, USA)
"I'm a Mac user and the only reason I have Windows installed is for WSR!"
--Chris E. (Portland, Oregon, USA)
"...I first played your game 10-12yrs ago while in high school, got addicted
and while I haven’t played it in years, I can say it taught me a lot back
then and compared to my actually being in the hedge fund world now,
it’s very realistic."
--Nitin S. (New York, N.Y.)
"...I really, really, really, love this program and play it every day."
Juan P. (Georgetown, Cayman Islands)
"I am a civil engineer and got to say your game has sparked my interest.
Now I am about to start studying an applied finance degree majoring in investment!
Love the game and look forward to your future releases!"
Gil W. (South Australia)
"I have played your game since I bought it years ago on a floppy with DOS.
"I am the CEO of one of the larger private companies in Canada and find
that this is a great way to reduce the stress. This is a great game.
"You are very good at what you do."
--T. Y. (Canada)
"Updates add to an already great game. Wall Street Raider is a brilliant
simulator, really enjoy playing it and it's a great educator too."
--Alex G. (Wicklow, Ireland)
"I have been playing wsr since somewhere around 13 or 14 and I’m 38 now love the game and
very glad that it has stood the test of time thanks for all the countless hours of fun and learning
that I have got from this game."
--Richard S., Baltimore, Maryland
"Oh my god! Thank you so much! My students are already playing and they are learning so much.
I also installed it in their computer and their mom told me that they are "addicted" to it!
They love the game and they are having so much fun."
--From a home school teacher (California)
(NOTE: If you run a home school, contact the author about a free W$R or "Speculator"
site license for your home school classes. We never say "No.")
In a message dated 10/11/2010 5:49:46 P.M. Mountain Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
"This is a fantastic game! I just happened to stumble across it accidentally while browsing,
tried the demo, and was totally impressed! It took me every bit of 24 hours to get the full
version for windows (I have Windows 7 64bit) and I'm really enjoying it to the max!"
--James A. (Farmingdale, New York)
"You have created one of my favorite games of all time.
I have been playing this since I was 12, and definitely
got ahead at work because I can read balance sheets and
financial reports better than most other 27 year olds.
"I really love how accurate your algorithims are. As I have mentioned in the
past I am a programmer myself and I am very very impressed with how
realistic it is."
--Matt Y. (Etobicoke, Ontario)
"let me know if you have any more strategy games like this i might be interested to buy them.
something on Android ?
"'Tycoon' and all are joke now."
Shahid K, (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
"Strange isn't? You must be a genius to write a game that a person can't stop, I lost track
of time last night! :)"
--Dean S. (Frisco, TX)
"Great simulation game!"
--Yeta Z. (Lusaka, Zambia)
"Thank you [for the update link]. There goes my productivity...."
--Piotr O. (Liverpool, U.K.)