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What Really Grinds My Gears
Damn straight I’m bringing the model back. I’ve been slaving over my stove all day as my family and I canned tomatoes – three bushels of fruit vacuum packed into fifty-six jars - with “slaved” for once being in the ballpark of an appropriate terms (not really) as all of the steam from boiling water literally melted my overhead microwave oven door. Literally.
So the house has been cleaned and cleared, an order to GE parts has been placed, and the Wee One has been put to bed. What I want to rant about today as I put me feet up for the first time in thirteen hours is the slime bags who build apps built for children. I assume you’re wondering where I’m going with this. How could people who make tools designed to teach and educate our youth be bad people? As the old saying goes, follow the money.
Most of the apps loaded onto our family iPad are of the free variety. My daughter is sixteen months old, she’ll be taking me for money any number of ways over the next twenty-some years, but apps my be my last vestige of high ground and I will hold on to them as long as I can. As I mentioned, my sixteen month old daughter is quite remarkable if I do say so myself. She can count to ten, point out six or more colors, say a variety of adorable phrases, and play with Apple products in an educated fashion. She has her own folders on our iPad and can navigate to them from an “off” position.
She can play her games (ranging from Mickey Mouse to sliding penguins) to varying degrees. What she’s unaware of however is that the biggest red balloon, or the blinking shiny star, is the one that is asking whether you wish to purchase the full app at this time. These game programmers, and assumedly those who commission them, are knowingly trying to dupe the children playing them into investing into their product when their parents had not.
Historically opting to purchase the full version of any game immediately takes you to the iTunes store and requires a few more steps plus a password before an exchange of money for goods and/or services can take place. You know that frustration you feel when iTunes asks you to enter your password before completing a transaction? Well let me tell you that once you have children that extra step of verification has easily saved me $100+. It’s stupid but invaluable. Today’s new generation of youth games however have apparently found a work around. The games are now peppered with advertisements and banners that appear thought the gaming experience. The end user is offered the opportunity, usually in big blinking catch-your-eye fashion, to opt out of the advertisements by buying the full version of the game. In touching the perfectly centered purchase option, the game has found a work around that dings you for $1.99 without taking you through the iTunes store and thus avoiding the password verification step. Basically, a literal infant, using an app designed to appeal to them, can send the proprieter’s company $1.99 by pushing the biggest button on the screen twice in what would appear to be a fairly straightforward and logical fashion.
How dare these people take this approach. In many ways it’s worse than taking candy from a baby because, A) with candy, the baby has an opportunity to physically hold on the the treat as long as they can, and B) when candy is taken the child inherently knows something is wrong and in turn experiences the natural reaction to wrong doing expressed via tears. In this case however they just keep clicking the big blinking balloon in front of them until the company’s profit margin improves. That’s freaking shady as all get out.
People who make these games – stop listening to your employer and tune in to your conscience. You are educating the next generation of leaders of our country. Don’t take take this as an opportunity to bilk them for their milk money. It’s slimy and low. If parents see that their kids enjoy a specific program and want to use it more they’ll find a way to get the full version. Or if the makers of the game have a desire to turn a profit (and they certainly have every right to do so) then charge for it upfront. Don’t pull the wolf in sheeps clothing move of getting in the door for free and robbing the cookie jar once you’re there.
Clean up you act because the grease that’s coming off of you is is having an inverse reaction to its normal purpose resulting my gears to grind more than they should.
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