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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Parents Vs Developers
by siraf72 on Tue 16th Apr 2013 09:51 UTC
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I have kids and both have their own Itunes store accounts. They can only top them up with Pre-paid cards, which they have to buy - from me. I would have thought this approach is obvious, but in reality it isn't.

For starters, it doesn't apply to people with only one device. like a shared family iPad. Parents can be blissfully unaware of the crap-ware "free games" that require in-game purchases of some virtual coinage in order to progress faster.

My daughter learned that hard way about those games when she used up her itunes top-up card and now avoids them. However, had that account been linked to my credit card she might well have spent hundreds or thousands of dollars.

I would like to think the iTunes email notifications would provide a heads up, but when your kid installs tons of those "free" games I guess it's easy to stop paying attention.

Regardless of parenting responsibilities in this case, targeting kids to get money in this way is pretty damn low.

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