Kid Spends All Of His Dad's WoW Gold On Pets

One of the new phrases this year in China is that property is hard to protect. Well, it seems that goes for virtual property too. Last week, a gamer in China posted on the World of Warcraft forums about how he almost lost all of his hard-earned WoW gold in the blink of an eye.

The father, whose in-game name is 1004 (odd name, no?) posted that he had a six-year-old son who he plays WoW with at home. 1004 said his son enjoys the monster hunting aspects of the game, and particularly likes pets.

Last week, when he logged onto the game, 1004 noticed that all of his gold was gone! During his eight years of playing WoW, 1004 says he accumulated about 4,706,000 gold. Confused and scared, he questioned his son, asking whether or not the boy had touched his account and bought anything such as weapons or mounts. Unfortunately for him, his son said he had no clue.

Upset, 1004 decided to check everything before calling customer service. Lo and behold, his son had purchased loads of level 25 pets. Unable to get too angry with his son, and now broke, 1004 says he'll probably give up WoW for a while.

Feeling sympathy for 1004, another gamer on the message board shared another sob story. This gamer claimed that she left her iPad unlocked and her 6 year-old started playing with it. Unbeknownst to her, her child had ended up spending $US1,200 (yes, US dollars). Unfortunately this gamer didn't go into details, but I guess the moral of the story(-ies) is that parents should be more careful when it comes to children and in-game property.

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Comments

    He could always just put those pets back on the auction house...

    Really though you would have to buy more pets than you could possibly learn to spend 4.7million gold.

    Unless it works differently in china?

      Not if you were buying the most expensive ones on the auction house, there are usually some ludicrously priced rare ones up there for 100k a piece.

    So, does the kid normally use his father's account, or does he have his own? If he has is own, then it's the father's own fault for allowing his kid such easy access. If his son shared his account, then it's still his own fault. You don't leave a kid alone with that amount of cash (real or virtual). Kids have poor impulse control, so naturally it would have all gone bye-bye (or should that be "buy-buy"...I know, bad pun is bad, and I should feel bad V_V ).

    As for the woman who's 6 y/o spent about $1,200 USD, I assume that was caused by micro transactions. Without getting into a rant, I hate micro transactions.

      If you would like to get into a rant, please buy this ability for $2...

    "This gamer claimed that she left her iPad unlocked and her 6 year-old started playing with it. Unbeknownst to her, her child had ended up spending $US1,200 (yes, US dollars)"

    I'm calling bullshit on this one. You can't make any purchases without entering the iTunes account password. IIRC, this goes double for first time free apps and in-app purchases.

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