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#1 of 5 Old 03-15-2013, 11:40 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Managing in app purchases is a problem.  Stories of children spending lots of money (at times unknowingly) playing their favorite mobile games are hard to miss.

I believe a great solution for this problem is a safe, easy-to-use wish list for virtual goods, providing parents and grandparents a way to connect with young gamers.


Players of mobile/tablet games can add in-game items they want to a list. Family members can gift the selected goods as a way to celebrate, reward good behavior, or simply say “you’re awesome”. I’m envisioning this solution as a gift store for virtual goods.


What do you think of the idea?

 

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We have them turned off. Generally, I find the virtual items to be addictive for the kids and problematic. My kids have $$ to spend on iTunes every month and they have recently learned that they get more for their money by not buying stuff like "gems".

My older kids are only 6 and 9, but even they see the trickery behind in app purchases (for the most part). We do subscribe to Farfaria and we all love it.

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Thanks for the reply. Yes, I have found turning off in app purchases works best. 

 

I noticed that Farfaria (http://www.farfaria.com/gifts/new) has the option to gift content to young app users. Do you think that family members (e.g.grandparents) would like to gift virtual goods for other games/apps that children are playing?

 

It would be neat to send the young family members in my family in-game content - this could provide a nice way to connect.   

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Yes, I do. I often send gift apps to my nephews. What I wonder is how would the grandparents know what to give without some kind of wish list from the recipient. I send stuff that my kids are using and enjoying, but my mother would have no idea what to send, YK?

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Yes, I have similar thoughts. It would be nice if my parents could give an in-app item. Perhaps once an item is gifted a message could appear in app from the gift sender, e.g. "I think you are awesome. Here are a items for your game. Much love, Grandma."

 

Bridging the gap between generations would be awesome. 

 

Thanks for being part of tech brainstorming. I find technology and its use in families really interesting. 

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