The Daily Show Hates Freemium Games Just As Much As We Do [Humor]


  • facebook-602274890

    Just saw this earlier this morning (catching up on my DVR).  I LOL’d :)

  • Jordan Clay

    I feel like the father should be ashamed of himself for giving 100% access of his credit card to his child.  He could have turned off IN APP purchasing.   It is the goal of these companies to make money.  I’m not saying that putting a button in for $100 in fish bucks is entirely ethical but they have a right to exist

  • Adam Kontras

    We’re tech nerds.  We know that.  It’s completely understandable that this father didn’t.  But there’s no way they charged $1500 without some emails goin’ to dad… is there?

  • Rizwan Virk

    I think a healthy discussion of the freemium business model is a good thing. 

    But to rely on a “fake news” show for “facts” and to form your opinion isn’t the smartest way to go about it.  You said “… the parent eventually heaps obscenities upon Virk for twenty minutes.”  

    This is completely inaccurate – I was there.  The parent actually found Virk reasonable and thanked him at the end of the call – admitting that he’d gotten a full refund from Apple many months before and that he’d given kids his itunes password.    

    Of course that doesn’t make good TV so they didn’t show the actual conversation with the parent!

    If you’re going to write about the call with the parent – it should include what really happened.  Read my response here:  http://zenentrepreneur.blogspo…  (Top 10 Things the Daily Show Got Wrong About Tap Fish).

  • Connor Mulcahey

    I hate all these types of greedy developers that prey on kids. If you look at the top grossing apps on the store, many of them are free or 99c games that give a virtual pet (tap fish, tap pet hotel) or have a virtual currency (dragon game and surfs) I wish apple wood reject these people from the app store. There are much better ways to teach a kid responsibility than buying virtual pet food and surf berries on an iPad. As a developer myself, most of my apps are free because they are simple utilities, I only charge $2 for one so I can break even when I renew my membership every year. In app purchases were meant to be for large add ons like a subscription to a magazine or news service, a large amount of level packs, something that the developer puts a lot of time an effort into creating, not some virtual crap that takes no make more of.

  • Mike Rathjen

    I don’t understand why a CEO would agree to an interview with the Daily Show. Surely he knows what’s coming?

  • mobile gamer

    The CEO posted his response here – well worth a read: The Top 10 Things The Daily Show Got Wrong About Tap Fish – – gotta love the daily show!

  • ivucica

    Gee, thanks for US-only Hulu clip.