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Gaming Thread, Boy spends £4000 on Fifa... in Fun Stuff; The bad part is...he got no legends, or players of the week, and only just got a few golds! lol...
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    The bad part is...he got no legends, or players of the week, and only just got a few golds! lol

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    Even on my Android devices ingame and play store purchases have to be verified by my password and the ticky box that says 'do not ask me again' shouldn't be on there IMO. It is too easy to accidently tick it and buy stuff by finger kludge. I make a point of NOT disabling this feature but I can see how it might get disabled easily.

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    Welcome to the world of muppet parenting.

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    Every time I see something like this, I sing this song in my head.

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    The grandson of our finance lady racked up £1800 in minecraft after they let him spend £20 for a birthday present and the card kept authorising... He's doing epic amounts of 'little jobs' effectively stopping him from playing!

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    That kid has just had his Christmas and Birthdays cancelled for the next 15 years

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    Yeah, I... can't talk. Got a phone call at lunch the other day from my bank's fraud department as they'd automatically blocked a £99.98 transaction from Sony Entertainment, so I cancelled my card and figured it was just a coincidence that the attempted purchase had been there.

    No, turns out my 18mo son had gotten hold of the Blu Ray remote for the PS3, clicked random buttons while everyone was watching normal telly, and when they switched over to HDMI later for NetFlix it was on the shopping cart page with two items in the basket for £99.98: Gran Turismo 5 and Grand Theft Auto V. Yes, I let my 18 month old son try and buy GTA V. I am a terrible father.

    Didn't think I'd need to password protect purchases quite so soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oaktech View Post
    The grandson of our finance lady racked up £1800 in minecraft after they let him spend £20 for a birthday present and the card kept authorising... He's doing epic amounts of 'little jobs' effectively stopping him from playing!
    That seems unfair.

    As far as I can tell, there's no Minecraft cash-shop. And no DLC either.

    So unless they're incredibly stupid and didn't notice loads of Mincraft merch turning up at their house, it isn't the kids fault. And they should get the money back.

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    Minecraft you can buy loads of skins, which classify as DLC. Each DLC comes to a total of around £50. So what ever else he bought was not on minecraft.

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    I'm not 100% on the details... But ultimately he's being taught the value in real world work of what he's spent... I think they did get back some of what he spent but from the credit card rather than the vendor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Minecraft you can buy loads of skins, which classify as DLC. Each DLC comes to a total of around £50. So what ever else he bought was not on minecraft.
    Only on the Xbox version [which I forgot existed].

    PC master race you can download them for free, IIRC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    Hmmm... Not sure it is that simple.

    Management set up xbox live for her boy, and thought she'd only done it for one year. It auto renewed this year. She isn't stupid, no more or less IT literate than "a reasonable wo/man". However, she doesn't normally have anything to do with the console, and I suspect, failed to spot a tick box with a nested double/triple negative opt in/out clause.

    The boy failed to spot (or maybe he's too honest) that the card was still available on the account.
    How many subscriptions have we all got that we forget about? I had Netflix, FFXIV and WoW running for months on auto-renew but unused. Can't blame the companies and demand that unused subscription time back, it was me who screwed up and didn't cancel. We aren't talking about dodgy SMS joke of the day subscription services here (which pre-dates this furore anyway) but services that clearly tell you it is a monthly subscription.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Minecraft you can buy loads of skins, which classify as DLC. Each DLC comes to a total of around £50. So what ever else he bought was not on minecraft.
    You must be talking about XBOX Minecraft. In which case, that price is WAY off. The skin packs are $1.99 each. The total price for *all* the Minecraft skins, avatars, themes, add-ons etc... is about £50 total.

    So, I'm really at a loss as to how anyone can spend £1800 on Minecraft anything.

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    That's what I meant. Everything including avatar stuff and skins and block skins etc comes to about £50. I just lumped it all in as DLC.

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    I read that as Samuel L. Jackson. Fifa, Mother's! Do you play it?!

    This is why I hate microtransactions* and I personally feel that companies purposely make this kind of thing possible because even if a single person doesn't try and claw it back, that's still a few grand in their pocket. And for the people that do get their money back, who cares? It's digital content. They didn't lose anything on physically making a product and shipping it.

    That being said, mum is still at fault for A) Having a card hooked up to the kid's account that B) Was a credit card and not a debit card and C) possibly not keeping an eye on her bill (although it says £1,000 in 24hours, it doesn't state about the other £3,000)

    * They ain't seeming so 'micro' any more, though..
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