Interesting: On the one hand, I hear a Nickelodeon executive saying kids are hard-pressed to spend $10 in the Apple App Store, and on the other I read that Apple reached a settlement with an untold number of “parents who sued the company for making it too easy for kids to rack up charges by [...]
Category Archives: mobile games
Remember Pokemon cards? My kids were crazy about them when they were little, and I didn’t mind supporting that passion because the cards were part of what seemed like a whole field of child anthropology. At a very young age, kids were learning about the traits, customs, physical abilities, relations, culture, etc. of an imaginary [...]
I’ve done it, have you? I have a feeling most of us have passed our cellphones back to a kid in the backseat so we could drive in peace while the child (who has been hounding us to let it happen) plays a game app. Of course, increasingly, this is happening with really little kids, [...]
It’s looking like that – total world domination for, of all things, Angry Birds (quite serendipitously to continue my bird theme this week [see this on red-tailed hawks]). Signs of approaching world domination: 1. Google has adopted Angry Birds, er, adapted their game for the Web via its Chrome browser, the Washington Post reports, adding [...]
The Federal Trade Commission will investigate marketing practices following reports and complaints of high iTunes bills for parents from in-game purchases by kids.
Is it a way for “cool girl” wannabes to vent their frustrations, does it teach them to bully, or does it simply entertain? Those are the questions reportedly surrounding a new mobile-phone game in Australia that’s drawing international attention. Called “Coolest Girl in School,” the game – quite an anomaly because designed specifically for girls [...]