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Submitted by TBD 844d ago | news

Unsupervised 8yo spends £980 on virtual donuts

The Simpsons: Tapped Out is a freemium title from EA that puts gamers in the role of Springfield city builder. While the game is free-to-play, impatient fans can use real money to buy virtual donuts to help speed up processes. It seems that eight-year old Theo Rowland-Fry was one of these testy tappers, spending nearly a thousand pounds on in-game goods. (Culture, iPad, iPhone, The Simpsons: Tapped Out)

ninjahunter  +   843d ago
Maby he was hungry?
SilentNegotiator  +   843d ago
That's a lot of D'OH!
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RIP_Weazel  +   843d ago
Oh.. EA and neglectful parents...
What a winning combination you both make.
Veneno  +   843d ago
Its always the European kids that rack up the big bills on these pay to play games. What's up with that?
Sleet  +   843d ago
Translated - stupid parents cant be arsed knowing what their child is up to so they give him the password to their itunes account just to shut him up and then shit their pants when the bill arrives.
Cam977  +   843d ago
Why are kids so absurdly stupid nowadays? If I even had the nerve to do this when I was younger I would've been murdered. Are parents incapable of teaching their child about responsibility? Furthermore, I'd place a bet that the parents simply brushed away the act, and didn't correctly punish the child. They don't deserve a refund.

"I appreciate children are their target audience but it is not right and there needs to be specific controls in place to stop this from happening."

They make me sick - ever heard of a password? Stop using excuses to cover up you bad parenting.

'British parents Nick and Lisa Rowland-Fry bought Theo and his sister Evie an iPad to help out with their schoolwork, but admit "We just don't have time to monitor what they are playing"'

It says it all really. I really hope EA don't give these incapable parents a refund; maybe it'll teach them a lesson or two.
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cee773  +   843d ago
D'oh (In my Homer voice)
Cam977  +   843d ago
'I dread to think how many people this has happened to and how many it has happened to and they don't even know about it because perhaps it was £50 and they didn't realise.'

A quote from the father, he sounds retarded so this really doesn't surprise me.
Enjoy your increased wages, EA.
Truthandreason  +   843d ago
Honestly I wouldnt be so hard on the parents especially if they are not tech savvy. Hell these freemium games are built to exploit this exact situation IMO. Both android and iOS can have password protection on in-app purchases but its not on by default, which IMO is something that should always be on till turned off. Sadly parents who aren't gamers don't learn this lesson until a mistake has already been made and are probably in shock that its even possible to buy 1k worth of stuff thats from a mobile game.
jimbobwahey  +   843d ago
Yeah really, I'm shocked that people are so eager to defend EA here. If a parent sees a game that is heavily advertised as free to play, it's perfectly reasonable for them to actually think that yeah, it IS free to play.

I don't think anybody would expect a free to play game to bill them £1k, so their confusion is perfectly warranted.

It's really depressing to see people praising EA and championing that this kids parents got swindled out of such a large sum of money. Makes me weep for the future when you see so many idiots that are eager and willing to bend over for corporations and their dirty tactics for conning people out of their cash.

Who knows, maybe they'll come to their senses when they have to move out of their parents basement and actually work a job or start a family.
chukamachine  +   843d ago
mmmmmmm doughnuts

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