Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 13th Apr 2013 16:49 UTC
Legal "The OFT has launched an investigation into whether children are being unfairly pressured or encouraged to pay for additional content in 'free' web and app-based games, including upgraded membership or virtual currency such as coins, gems or fruit. Typically, players can access only portions of these games for free, with new levels or features, such as faster game play, costing money." Instances of this may be illegal, especially when it targets children. As for me - I just find it incredibly annoying.
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RE: Um.
by steogede2 on Sun 14th Apr 2013 18:44 UTC in reply to "Um."
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... I can't help feeling that parents/guardians are the problem here.

- Brendan

I don't know if you have used an iPhone, but *by default* it will remember the password that is entered into the App Store for quite a while. Also *by default* In App Purchases are allowed and do not require a password to be entered. Now obviously, the first thing that any reasonably tech savy parent (i.e. 15% of the population) will do is turn off all this crap.

Whenever I look at the top grossing apps, it is generally the "free" apps which are aimed at children under the age of ten that are the top grossing apps. Generally they will have outrageously overpriced IAPs that no adult in their right mind would purchase or actively allow to be purchased.

Then there are the paid for games (i.e. Disney's "Where's my Water") that will bring up an advert for another game as soon as you load the game. Often they will have heavily misleading click bait - such as 'click here to play' when what they mean is 'click here to buy this other game and then play that'. If you sit down ten children with a freshly installed copy of certain games (whilst the App Store credentials are still cached) I bet you will find that only one gets to the game and the other nine make numerous further purchases.

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