Teenager spends almost $8000 on microtransactions without father's knowledge

cliffordcooley

TS Redneck
What I have trouble accepting is the possibility, someone can be charged $8000 in Micro-transactions. And the fact there doesn't seem to be any guilt about taking that amount from a juvenile is repulsive.
 

Lionvibez

TS Evangelist
What I have trouble accepting is the possibility, someone can be charged $8000 in Micro-transactions. And the fact there doesn't seem to be any guilt about taking that amount from a juvenile is repulsive.
There is only guilt when there is bad PR that is how all these companies work.

And its why I don't feel bad for them when they get hacked.

They would have no problems taking candy from a baby!
 
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Skidmarksdeluxe

TS Evangelist
you cannot make a full one time $8000 purchase on Fifa, you have to do it multiple times, as the max one time transaction is $100. doing this 80x is incredibly irresponsible.
You're telling me!!! I don't believe for one second that the kid didn't know he was racking up the charges. Well he sure taught his foolish old man a lesson. There's no fool like an old fool.
 

Adhmuz

TechSpot Paladin
What I have trouble accepting is the possibility, someone can be charged $8000 in Micro-transactions. And the fact there doesn't seem to be any guilt about taking that amount from a juvenile is repulsive.
You'd have to assume there is someone watching the transactions at an individual level for this to apply, otherwise it's just money coming in, it matters not who it comes from, age being irrelevant. I really can't hold the developer at fault for this, the fact that the game contains a micro-transaction ecosystem is another issue I have altogether, however it's up to the people buying and playing the game to know not to use it or how to moderate their own spending. You know what they say, "I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it."
 
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LNCPapa

TS Special Forces
I am very much against micro transactions (and I think EA is horrible) but I find it surprising that there are so many people showing anger toward the company for having over $8000 worth of micro-crap to sell instead of the actions of a young adult (who here didn't know better at 17?) who clearly messed up. The problem with this model is it seems to work and people are supporting it. If it's what people want and they are willing to put their resources into it (money) then why shouldn't they do it this way? If they only made $100 in micro-crap to sell should they assume that everyone with the game would buy it all? Nope - so you have to give options that will appeal to the widest audience possible. This guy just couldn't stop choosing.

I absolutely miss the days of buying a game and not having to give them anything else until part 2 comes out but consumers today have allowed this model to flourish. I refused to buy into the micro-transaction frenzy and boycotted the games that chose this route especially if I had to pay $50-60 up front. I was clearly in the minority because the games following that model are doing very well. I guess what I'm saying here is that in business you build your model to be successful in your environment. Consumers have to be held accountable for their actions - and if they decide to buy micro-crap instead of putting food on the table then it's not EA's fault... even though they suck pretty badly.
 

Capaill

TS Evangelist
Perkins has vowed that this won't be a problem again. "There will never be another Xbox system -- or any gaming system -- in my home,” he said.
I've a better idea. Keep the XBox and get rid of the kid.
 

jamestkirk

TS Rookie
Darwin in action. Dumb parent lets his kid have a credit card with an eight grand limit. Dumb kid maxes it out and tries to lie his way out of it.
Dumb kid eventually grows up. Rinse and repeat.
If I had done something like this when I was a kid my old man would have put his boot so far up my arse I would have tasted shoe leather.
 

cliffordcooley

TS Redneck
Dumb parent lets his kid have a credit card with an eight grand limit. Dumb kid maxes it out and tries to lie his way out of it.
Dumb kid eventually grows up.
If the kid got what he wanted and then was able to act dumb by lying his way out of trouble, that's the opposite of dumb.
 

misor

TS Evangelist
“It floored me. Literally floored me, when I'd seen what I was being charged,” Perkins said. He alleges that while his son admitted he used the card illicitly, the 17-year-old had no idea he was racking up charges.
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lol. I can relate with what the father in the story experienced. nevertheless, a 17yo should have known better. the father should have also checked ONLINE from time to time his credit card bills and not just wait for the monthly paper bills.

two years ago, I let my nephew play on my computer (steam account). he purchased several TF2 hats and items. he repeated several unauthorized purchases 6 months later. at that time, I noticed that my steam wallet fund is down by a significant margin. I questioned my nephew but was not satisfied with his answer. I banned my nephew from using my computer whenever he visits my home. I charged my sister for whatever things my nephew purchased.
 

jamestkirk

TS Rookie
Dumb parent lets his kid have a credit card with an eight grand limit. Dumb kid maxes it out and tries to lie his way out of it.
Dumb kid eventually grows up.
If the kid got what he wanted and then was able to act dumb by lying his way out of trouble, that's the opposite of dumb.
Did you read the last sentence of the story? The one where the parent said there will never be another Xbox or gaming system in the house? Sounds like the kid is not getting what he wants now if what he wants is gaming. Maybe he will grow up and discover girls. Rinse and repeat.
 

Dino Dub

TS Member
Same as if the kid went into the store buying a$$loads of articles, and seeing the bill at the cash-register saying he wasn't aware of making multiple purchases of those articles. LoFL

I truly don't get it how dad didn't account that his son would might be using his cc for online gaming transactions....
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

TS Evangelist
I could be wrong but I don't believe the father really believes it either. I think the father is spinning it publicly in the hopes of getting a refund or adjustment from MS. He's playing the "innocent mistake" card.
You're right. Don't be surprised to them get an Oscar nomination this year.
 

DAOWAce

TS Booster
in fact you don't give anybody a credit card, they get their own.
Because it's not completely impossible to get a credit card when you have zero credit history or anything..

The only way to start building credit is to open a joint account, and that still holds the joint person responsible.
 

lazer

TS Addict
It should be made clear that you are being charged and re-charged each time. If the company is not making it very clear to users that they are being charged each and every time, then they are deceiving the public and should be made to drop charges or be prosecuted for fraud.