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(Gawker)   Michael Chabon's wife wants you to know it's "those vile scumbag Kardashian pigs'" fault that her weeping 11-year-old snowflake doesn't understand self-control or consequences   (gawker.com) divider line 80
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2014-08-04 10:14:51 PM
Where do they live? Because she sounds like the insufferable harpy on my neighborhood association board who knows which codes the rest of us are not in compliance with.
 
2014-08-04 10:45:28 PM
Fark Snark is misplaced.

These in-app ripoff games are a farking curse.  Sure it's "possible" to turn off in-app purchases (which one user in the thread claims he was sure he had done).   But having a game like this targetted at kids, where it's even POSSIBLE to spend hundreds, or thousands of dollars on seemingly normal game dynamics is pure evil.

At the very least, they should be labelled adult games and given restrictions as such.


Imagine your AppleTV,  Netflix box or whatever had something similar?   Put on a movie for the kids?  Whilst you're not looking, the thing pauses and [ would you like to see more? ] Please wait 10 minutes or [click here] to buy a fastpass for the next scene.

Before you know it the kid's racked uo $1000 in micro PPV payments.

*I'm* clued in enough to spot this shiat before it starts and have drummed the idea into my daughter she is never to "click here" or "sign up" for *anything* without asking me first.  In-app or otherwise.  But the way it is done is consistently designed to feel natural and easy,  not feel like you're spending real money.
 
2014-08-04 11:49:58 PM
I'm sure that 11 year old boy really appreciates his mom outing him to the entire world on twitter for both playing the Kim Kardashian app and crying about it.
 
2014-08-05 12:24:37 AM
Why doesn't Dumbledore just wave his wand and make them go away?
 
2014-08-05 12:43:27 AM
This is why I play retro games. When you plug the cartridge into the console, you're getting the entire game.

I suppose unless it's the whole Sonic 3 / Sonic & Knuckles combo.
 
2014-08-05 12:52:54 AM
I'm thinking this self absorbed, pretentious Berkeley twat is going to wake up and regret posting this trash and enduring the well deserved vitriol that social media will be dishing out to her.
 
2014-08-05 01:45:51 AM
lindseyp: Before you know it the kid's racked uo $1000 in micro PPV payments.

see, this is why I liked the old cable box: I could tune in to PPV and periodically view the Spice channel through wavy lines. And those distorted tits beat the hell out of sneaking a peak in the shower at the burn unit.
 
2014-08-05 03:16:38 AM
This is the textbook definition of First World Problems.
 
2014-08-05 03:23:51 AM

hb0mb: I'm sure that 11 year old boy really appreciates his mom outing him to the entire world on twitter for both playing the Kim Kardashian app and crying about it.


It might produce better results than whatever parenting she's doing.
 
2014-08-05 03:36:27 AM
I think it's pretty predatory. I know consumer protections make Americans feel weak and socialist though.
 
2014-08-05 03:37:18 AM
At 11 years old, I'm guessing that her son found a way to bypass the parental lock on the game and decided to purchase in-game cash, assuming that his parents wouldn't know and would just mindlessly pay the bill. He's old enough to know that pushing "get more (whatever it is you buy in the Kardashian game)" costs money and I've known kids that age that could get around whatever parental locks their parents decide to put on the electronics.
 
2014-08-05 04:12:24 AM
If that $120 in app purchase was for Kim Kardashian to come over and give you a handy, I'd consider it.
 
2014-08-05 04:16:34 AM

IamKaiserSoze!!!: I'm thinking this self absorbed, pretentious Berkeley twat is going to wake up and regret posting this trash and enduring the well deserved vitriol that social media will be dishing out to her.


I checked her Twitter feed. She's conveniently decided that her detractors are all Kardashian apologists and "suckups." Easier than self-reflection, I suppose.
 
2014-08-05 05:04:16 AM

MadAzza: IamKaiserSoze!!!: I'm thinking this self absorbed, pretentious Berkeley twat is going to wake up and regret posting this trash and enduring the well deserved vitriol that social media will be dishing out to her.

I checked her Twitter feed. She's conveniently decided that her detractors are all Kardashian apologists and "suckups." Easier than self-reflection, I suppose.


I'm a little surprised that she's not crowing "My baby's too smart for purchase blocking, fark those Kardashians for their game and fark (insert device here) for not making their blocking controls elite enough to keep my super smart snowflake from figuring out my insanely simple password!" I'm predicting that her son will likely be the next Jaden Smith or Lindsay Lohan. Or both.

Although it's entirely possible that there was no block at all and she was just one of several thousand morons that leave their children alone with apps that want you to spend money to play their games. In one post she says that the kid was supposed to have a set allowance limit and in another she says that in-app purchases were supposed to be blocked.
 
2014-08-05 05:40:23 AM
Many many stupid people associated with this story. None of whom I give one fark about.

But calling the kardashins names in public is always good.
 
2014-08-05 06:21:54 AM

hb0mb: I'm sure that 11 year old boy really appreciates his mom outing him to the entire world on twitter for both playing the Kim Kardashian app and crying about it.


Maybe he will go crazy, take out the entire K family in a hail of machine gun fire, then off himself.
 
2014-08-05 06:38:16 AM
I had no idea who these people so I looked them up.

Apparently the guy gave the woman HPV, which he contracted from his first wife. Strange thing to be famous for, but at least I learned something today.

Oh I guess that he is an author and she is a "author" or something that wrote an essay once about doing it.
 
2014-08-05 06:47:56 AM

hb0mb: I'm sure that 11 year old boy really appreciates his mom outing him to the entire world on twitter for both playing the Kim Kardashian app and crying about it.


Fail all around on this one.
Maybe I'm missing something about modern parenting, but why is a child that age allowed to access these apps?
/social media and techno retard
 
2014-08-05 06:50:40 AM

lindseyp: These in-app ripoff games are a farking curse. Sure it's "possible" to turn off in-app purchases (which one user in the thread claims he was sure he had done). But having a game like this targetted at kids, where it's even POSSIBLE to spend hundreds, or thousands of dollars on seemingly normal game dynamics is pure evil.

At the very least, they should be labelled adult games and given restrictions as such.


Imagine your AppleTV, Netflix box or whatever had something similar? Put on a movie for the kids? Whilst you're not looking, the thing pauses and [ would you like to see more? ] Please wait 10 minutes or [click here] to buy a fastpass for the next scene.



This.
 
2014-08-05 07:19:37 AM
Whoa, whoa, whoa... back up and rewind a bit... Michael Chabon's WIFE!?!?!?!?!?

*falls out of Fire Island beach chair and begins to choke, spitting up Pink Squirrel cocktail over open copies of  "The Advocate" and "Latin Inches".*
 
2014-08-05 07:29:27 AM
Chabon it, Chabon it, Chabon-on-on-on-on-on it.
 
2014-08-05 07:35:08 AM
I'd be more concerned that my son is using a Kardashian app.
 
2014-08-05 07:39:43 AM
"My husband is incredibly sophisticated on MACs", but I'm a tool who can't beak the password on my retarded kids iPhone to see what he's doing? Obviously the password is 1234 and you little boy is PLAYING A GAME FOR LITTLE GIRLS!
 
2014-08-05 08:05:14 AM

CarnySaur: Chabon it, Chabon it, Chabon-on-on-on-on-on it.

comedycentral.mtvnimages.com

CHABONNNNN-AH!

 
2014-08-05 08:35:19 AM

Laocoon: Where do they live? Because she sounds like the insufferable harpy on my neighborhood association board who knows which codes the rest of us are not in compliance with.


She's a rich liberal in Cali.
 
2014-08-05 08:51:54 AM

lindseyp: These in-app ripoff games are a farking curse. Sure it's "possible" to turn off in-app purchases (which one user in the thread claims he was sure he had done). But having a game like this targetted at kids, where it's even POSSIBLE to spend hundreds, or thousands of dollars on seemingly normal game dynamics is pure evil.


The reality tv people have learned about pay2win gaming.  The little known fifth horseman of the Apocalypse, Douchebaggery, has been unleashed.  God help us all.
 
2014-08-05 08:54:42 AM
Listen lady, you should be more upset that your husband hasn't had a decent book since Kavalier & Clay.
 
2014-08-05 09:01:00 AM

spamdog: I think it's pretty predatory. I know consumer protections make Americans feel weak and socialist though.


CHILDRENS STRONK

NO NEED COMMIE PROTECTIONS

Seriously though, why are kids even allowed to play something that runs up a bill that quickly?  Shouldn't letting minors spend in game money be more of an opt-in than an opt-out?
 
2014-08-05 09:06:37 AM
11-year-old boy? Of all the stupid game apps, this is the one he wanted to play? NTTAWT.
 
2014-08-05 09:09:25 AM
The family lives in Berekely. Don't know if that explains anything.
 
2014-08-05 09:20:46 AM
Don't put your CC info into a phone or account that you let your kid use. Hell, I don't even keep my CC info on MY phone.
 
2014-08-05 09:25:10 AM

Faps_in_the_kitchen: Don't put your CC info into a phone or account that you let your kid use. Hell, I don't even keep my CC info on MY phone.


This. If you have to just go buy one of those $20 prepaid debit cards with a Visa logo from Walgreen's
 
2014-08-05 09:34:57 AM
Who in their right-mind would actually download a Kardashian game? No wonder this country is failing.
 
2014-08-05 09:37:23 AM

TheYeti: I had no idea who these people so I looked them up.

Apparently the guy gave the woman HPV, which he contracted from his first wife. Strange thing to be famous for, but at least I learned something today.

Oh I guess that he is an author and she is a "author" or something that wrote an essay once about doing it.


If people got famous for handing out HPV then I should be at Tom Cruise levels by now. I mean, doesn't everyone have that by now?

Also, I'll forgive Michael Chabon for getting married to this whiner. He wrote Kavalier and Clay.
 
2014-08-05 09:48:48 AM
Obviously this kid has discovered the Kim K sex tape and has been knuckling out a bunch of rounds on the remnants of super mom's quilting phase.
 
2014-08-05 09:49:24 AM

Faps_in_the_kitchen: Don't put your CC info into a phone or account that you let your kid use. Hell, I don't even keep my CC info on MY phone.


This goes double for a phone where a child may have access. FFS, my child spent a pile of cash and I need to blame someone is all I hear.
 
2014-08-05 09:53:19 AM
This is what I dread about video games and where it loocks like they are headed the whole pay to play. So you buy the game but to get to higher levels or unlock special items you pay more. But still yeah fark her she probably left her phone wide open and now the Kardashians are on it. I bet she will say she was hacked when she leaves her FB profile open and somebody messes with it too.
 
2014-08-05 10:01:14 AM

lindseyp: Fark Snark is misplaced.

These in-app ripoff games are a farking curse.  Sure it's "possible" to turn off in-app purchases (which one user in the thread claims he was sure he had done).   But having a game like this targetted at kids, where it's even POSSIBLE to spend hundreds, or thousands of dollars on seemingly normal game dynamics is pure evil.


Oh noes! The evil game took my money without warning!
You do know that in order to make an in app purchase you have to enter the app store password right?
Why on earth would anyone give their kid access to said password?

At the very least, they should be labelled adult games and given restrictions as such.

The restrictions are provided at the time of download - the app store clearly states that the game has in app purchases at which time you can walk away and not spend a penny.

Imagine your AppleTV,  Netflix box or whatever had something similar?   Put on a movie for the kids?  Whilst you're not looking, the thing pauses and [ would you like to see more? ] Please wait 10 minutes or [click here] to buy a fastpass for the next scene.

Before you know it the kid's racked uo $1000 in micro PPV payments.


Or the same kid could buy all 12 episodes of Adventure Time at 2.99 per ep as it is with every pay per view system currently implemented.
It's pure evil I say!

*I'm* clued in enough to spot this shiat before it starts and have drummed the idea into my daughter she is never to "click here" or "sign up" for *anything* without asking me first.  In-app or otherwise.  But the way it is done is consistently designed to feel natural and easy,  not feel like you're spending real money.

Oh noes! The product is designed to make the experience easy to enjoy because spending real money feels less natural and easy!
Pure evil!

The bottom line is that there are more than enough checks and balances built into the app store that keep kids from racking up huge sums of money on games. If you don't want your snowflakes racking up large bills then pay attention to what they are downloading and don't give them access to your app store PW.
 
2014-08-05 10:01:37 AM
If I want to make an in-app purchase, I have to enter my password. How about NOT giving your kid your password?
Recently I made an in-app purchase and it said that I wouldn't have to enter my password for 15 minutes if I wanted to make more purchases. So basically, I had to enter my password for this purchase but if I clicked to purchase anything else it would just buy stuff without asking for confirmation. Now THAT is tricky on the part of Apple.

Anyway this lady who is named after a type of lace (eyelet) should take this as an opportunity to teach their child about 1. personal responsibility 2. ignorance is not an excuse 3. learning from your mistakes.
Instead she taught her child that if you whine loud enough people will give you what you want until you shut up. Also, it's someone else's fault.
 
2014-08-05 10:04:46 AM
You've already failed as a parent if your kid plays a Kim Kardashian game.
 
2014-08-05 10:12:05 AM

TheYeti: Apparently the guy gave the woman HPV, which he contracted from his first wife. Strange thing to be famous for, but at least I learned something today.


Anytime I ask why the Kardashians are famous, I hear some mumbling about their dad being a lawyer for some famous people. Which leads me to believe the truth is that the Kardashians are proof that God exists. Why? Because their fame simply must be the result of someone selling their soul to the devil. It's the only answer that makes sense. And the devil implies the existence of God, so there we are. Can it really be that long before the Holy Church of the Kardashians opens for business, er, worship?
 
2014-08-05 10:16:16 AM
lindseyp:These in-app ripoff games are a farking curse.  Sure it's "possible" to turn off in-app purchases (which one user in the thread claims he was sure he had done).   But having a game like this targetted at kids, where it's even POSSIBLE to spend hundreds, or thousands of dollars on seemingly normal game dynamics is pure evil. At the very least, they should be labelled adult games and given restrictions as such. Imagine your AppleTV,  Netflix box or whatever had something similar?   Put on a movie for the kids?  Whilst you're not looking, the thing pauses and [ would you like to see more? ] Please wait 10 minutes or [click here] to buy a fastpass for the next scene. Before you know it the kid's racked uo $1000 in micro PPV payments. *I'm* clued in enough to spot this shiat before it starts and have drummed the idea into my daughter she is never to "click here" or "sign up" for *anything* without asking me first.  In-app or otherwise.  But the way it is done is consistently designed to feel natural and easy,  not feel like you're spending real money.

Yep. I agree. I have a coworker who had more or less the same thing happen with her son. (I think it was iTunes related, though.) This is why if I had a kid they would get this:

i2.kym-cdn.com

Hours of fun playing snake. Yay.
 
2014-08-05 10:17:12 AM
These are a couple of the best novels I've read in recent years.

The Yiddish Policemen's Union
d.gr-assets.com

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
 d.gr-assets.com
 
2014-08-05 10:21:52 AM

groppet: This is what I dread about video games and where it loocks like they are headed the whole pay to play. So you buy the game but to get to higher levels or unlock special items you pay more. But still yeah fark her she probably left her phone wide open and now the Kardashians are on it. I bet she will say she was hacked when she leaves her FB profile open and somebody messes with it too.


Paying for content I am ok with provided the ratio of cost to content is reasonable. What is the difference between buying a ten level game for fifty bucks and buying each level separately for five?

Paying to win I am not. I steer clear of such games ESPECIALLY when it involves player vs player competition.
 
2014-08-05 10:48:02 AM
I notice no one in this thread is contesting the phrase "vile scumbag Kardashian pigs ".

\except perhaps for its redundancy
 
2014-08-05 10:50:27 AM
I'll bet the "get off your butt and go outside" app is free, mother of the year.
 
2014-08-05 10:51:13 AM

Smackledorfer: groppet: This is what I dread about video games and where it looks like they are headed the whole pay to play. So you buy the game but to get to higher levels or unlock special items you pay more. But still yeah fark her she probably left her phone wide open and now the Kardashians are on it. I bet she will say she was hacked when she leaves her FB profile open and somebody messes with it too.

Paying for content I am ok with provided the ratio of cost to content is reasonable. What is the difference between buying a ten level game for fifty bucks and buying each level separately for five?

Paying to win I am not. I steer clear of such games ESPECIALLY when it involves player vs player competition.


I have little problem with DLC provided its a good deal, or I can get it all later in a Game of the Year kind of compilation (like Borderlands). I bought the DLC for Dark Souls and found it worth my time, and now I'm debating whether to buy Dark Souls 2 and the DLC separately or just wait and get it all in a Game of the Year edition. But I'm fine with that if the regular game is a pretty complete experience on its own.

But I agree, the moment it becomes pay-to-win I will not pay. Now, I am OK with a free game having a "pay to make this less annoying" option since the game was free. Especially if its a one-time purchase, because it's basically buying the actual game after playing the demo. You've sold me, you deserve my money.

But if I pay for the game, I don't want to find out that I still have to keep paying in order to play or win. Sorry, not happening.
 
2014-08-05 10:56:08 AM
Isn't there a name for phenomena (It's not the Peter Principle) where someone who is knowledgeable about one thing automatically thinks their smart at everything? That's what this situation reminds me of.
 
2014-08-05 10:59:06 AM
From Cracked:
 One of the most famous free-to-play games now is Kim Kardashian: Hollywood because when we think of things that definitely aren't being done only for money, we think Kardashian. The game started as it meant to go on: by giving me pointless chores. The first thing you're told to do is fold some shirts -- it's like the game is taunting you for playing it instead of doing anything useful -- and at no point does it ever get better. Because the game knows that if the player tolerates this pointless bullshiat, they have nothing better to do.Within moments, you meet Kim, and it really gets insulting. You're given multiple dialogue options, and I played through multiple times to confirm that they don't do a damn thing. No matter what you choose, the game says "Well done!" pats you on the head, gives you a shower of golden popularity and money, and moves on to the next stage. Even scientists sticking rats in mazes react when the rat does something different, but this software doesn't have the same level of care for its subjects. Baby activity centers have more interactivity, and an opposite effect on your mental age.Fashion shows, dates, publicity shots ... every event is "click on the next button," and then "click on the same button seven times in a row, because honestly even the game's designers could not be bothered with it." The trick is that the events give you an hour to press as many buttons as possible, but not enough energy to press all the buttons, and then charges you real actual cash to make up the difference.You can buy lightning bolts for K-stars, which cost real money, and I really wish that was drug slang, because then this experiment would be way more fun. And I wouldn't now know that people volunteer for the most pointless chores in the world and then pay to skip them. But I do*, which is why my next article will be about building and setting off EMPs.
 A Better Solution:Get The Great Gatsby on e-book and zoom in until a single sentence fills the screen. You'll get a better tale of celebrity and wasted time, the same amount of screen tapping, and exactly the same level of gameplay.

In short, it sounds like the mom iss right to be upset and the game s a skinner box that makes you happy when you give it money.
 
2014-08-05 11:08:02 AM

pc_gator: "My husband is incredibly sophisticated on MACs", but I'm a tool who can't beak the password on my retarded kids iPhone to see what he's doing? Obviously the password is 1234 and you little boy is PLAYING A GAME FOR LITTLE GIRLS!


Apple did refund her $120. Probably because she caused such a stink, they gave her credit to shut her up. The way Berkley tweeted, she had won the war with the refund. All she won is obvious example of her poor parenting skills being pointed out by random strangers.
 
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