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Nintendo charging 50 cents to register minors on Nintendo Network



You're out 50 cents no matter what if you want to register a minor. Looks like parents will be coughing up a bit more cash than they thought today. Let's hope you have a small family!

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18 Nov 2012 15:04

Huh. . . Why?

I mean, it's not much, but for everyone who does that it adds up!
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18 Nov 2012 15:04

cleaver way to ensure all Nintendo Network users are adults, or just over 16, and if they are under, Nintendo and their parents know
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18 Nov 2012 15:05

Its not Nintendo's decision:

"This goes in line with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). "
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18 Nov 2012 15:05

Kind of smart, actually.
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18 Nov 2012 15:07

sundin13 wrote:Its not Nintendo's decision:

"This goes in line with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). "


Ah! Thanks for pointing that out. Had no idea about that.
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18 Nov 2012 15:07

what's the age cap? will 16 be charged?
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18 Nov 2012 15:11

sundin13 wrote:Its not Nintendo's decision:

"This goes in line with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). "

I just wikied it and i see nothing about forcing companies to charge money. In fact the simple approach of email verification and pin seems to be enough or just verifying credit card without paying.
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18 Nov 2012 15:28

Suddenly, so many adults online with very very squeaky voices.
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18 Nov 2012 15:32

What's stopping a kid from saying their 21 and skipping the whole thing? This seems broken.
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18 Nov 2012 15:41

I think it's a one time charge, no matter how many kids you have?
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18 Nov 2012 15:53

Honestly, I suspect this will do absolutely nothing. Sure you could say you're a minor and have to pay... or just lie about your age and get in for free like everyone else. Somehow I suspect even most parents would probably prefer the kid chose the latter.
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18 Nov 2012 17:11

Kids these days are smart enough to realize that everyone's birthdate is 1/1/1900.
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18 Nov 2012 18:09

I think those who bypass could be penalized if they "lie" about their age. That's if Nintendo finds out or someone reports them. Hey, when playing online, and a kid is being really disruptive and you report them for abuse- and Nintendo at the same time finds out that they "by-passed" this, oh man... I definitely want to see that lol
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18 Nov 2012 18:40

Practically speaking, how can they tell? You never give them any personal information that could identify their age bar... well, the age you put in. And if you assumed people were lying merely based on how their voice sounds, you'd be wrong at least half of the time.

Nintendo are unlikely to do anything about it, because it's kind of difficult to tell and because no one gave that information in the first place.
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18 Nov 2012 20:56

@chris_the_wing
To be fair, you could say it is broken everywhere then.
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19 Nov 2012 00:05

@komicturtle92
If they're given permission by their parents, I see no reason why this would apply. However, if they are abusive on the mic, they should be perma-muted or perma-banned, whether they are 18, over 18, or under 18.
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19 Nov 2012 00:05

@komicturtle92
If they're given permission by their parents, I see no reason why this would apply. However, if they are abusive on the mic, they should be perma-muted or perma-banned, whether they are 18, over 18, or under 18.
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19 Nov 2012 04:25

Hehe, it's not like any kid actually puts in their actual birthdate...
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20 Nov 2012 06:37

Many sites do something similar. They charge $1 to verify your bank, age, or CC details. Almost every site I've seen do this though refund the money back to you and take the tiny hit on the processing charge.

Even if you factor in the third party processing charge, Nintendo's likely still making a profit off what almost every other company offers free. Compare this with Paypal who offers this exact same service for people linking Paypal accounts to bank accounts (like I did) but they either put money in your account, or charge and refund $1.

Also, the legal age for online stuff is usually 13 I believe. Kids could easily add 3-4 years to their age and no one would be the wiser.

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