Father bans son from video games, as he spends over £5,000

13 January 2016

fifa 15 Parents - if you missed the news or keep not listening to other people talking about video games, please listen up now.

In a lot of video games now, be they console games, or games that come in app form on your mobile phone/tablet - there's in-app or in-game purchases. That means, there's things you can spend real-world money on, while you play.

Now, a lot of people know this, but clearly there's parents who don't, because we keep seeing stories where kids have spent ludicrous amounts of money while playing games - because their parents either haven't told them not to, or haven't threatened them with all manner of punishments if they go wild with mum and dad's credit card.

And so, to Lance Perkins from Canada, who has now banned his son from playing on his console, after he spent £5,255.03 while playing FIFA.

"It floored me. Literally floored me, when I'd seen what I was being charged," he told CBC News. "He thought it was a one-time fee for the game. He's just as sick as I am, he never believed he was being charged for every transaction, or every time he went onto the game."

"There will never be another Xbox system—or any gaming system—in my home," he added.

In this instance, the parent and the child didn't know the score - but this is 2016 and you really should. If a game has a thing where it says 'purchase' in it, you'd be wise to assume that it means 'spend your actual money from your actual bank account'. Sure, Lance's son might have an Ultimate Team that is the envy of everyone he knows, but it isn't much use if he can't actually play with them because he's had his Xbox taken off him.

If you're still unsure, here's the official low-down on what in-app/in-game purchases entail. In short, if you think it might cost you money, it probably will.

They're annoying, but they don't appear to be going anywhere. Don't register your card with your console, if you've got a reckless child in the house.

TOPICS:   Banking   Games

4 comments

  • Joff
    So stupid parent denies child enjoyment of video games because parent is stupid?
  • Jessie J.
    The son is 17. 17 years old. No really, 17. My son is 12, yet he knows that in game purchases cost real money. I think this has the smell of bullshit about it. Do it like a dude.
  • Chris
    There must have been a password involved somewhere. Is "Dad can I have your password" the modern equivalent of asking for the keys to the car. The fathers an idiot, make him pay.
  • Father J.
    He's 17 and he doesn't understand the meaning of the word 'purchase'?? Riiiiiiiiight.

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