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 Tractor on Mon 15th Apr 2013 12:03 UTC in reply to "Um."
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Then you probably are not a parent.

The problem is that it is too easy to "one click buy" from these applications. A 5-year old kid doesn't know what electronic money is, he can merely achieve his way through a menu as if it was another part of the game.

Conversely, parents are not always geeks & techies. There are myriads of people out there, which qualify as "normal" parents, and which will never try to look at some obscure menu with lot of inscrutable options. They merely assume that the "default settings" is right, and protect them in a "common sense" way.

Condemning them is like condemning someone from having walked into a minefield conveniently warned with a semi-hidden small paper in Chinese font.

My take : it's up to the money-grabber store (i.e. Apple/Google) to ensure that no purchase can be done too easily that a child can convulsively use it. It's a system flaw. Insanely taken advantage of by borderline business practice. Well, borderline... I'm getting kind these days.

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