Developer Accused of Selling DLC to Cats

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Developer Accused of Selling DLC to Cats

The developer of Games for Cats has been forced to make its DLC menus less feline-friendly.

As the title implies, Games for Cats isn't for you, unless you're very easily entertained. The iPad title is essentially a collection of "chase a thing around the screen" mini-games designed to keep your feline family members from shredding the curtains.

The game offers an additional level for a mere 99 cents, easily accessed and bought via a user friendly menu. Very user friendly. So user friendly, in fact, that even cats can use it. Perhaps you can see how that might be a problem.

Hiccup, the game's developer, received a ton of complaints from upset customers whose cats had managed to purchase the the aforementioned DLC. Some even went as far as to suggest that Hiccup was deliberately trying to fool the cats into buying the DLC.

"We got in a lot of trouble," said TJ Fuller, the artist for the title.

Rather than submit to the raw purrchasing power of the Felis catus, Hiccup instead implemented a simple test to make sure the user is a member of the right species. Now, before buying DLC, the user has to place their hand on the screen and keep their fingertips in the same position for a couple of seconds.

Catastrophe averted.

Source: Gamasutra

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Scratching posts. Litter boxes. Catnip toys. Now games.
Let's pray no one makes a box opener they can operate or they'll rise up.

EA is probably going to adopt this practice with all their games soon.

They're always looking to broaden that audience, why not teach cats and dogs to buy DLC? xD

Grey Carter:

Catastrophe averted.

Goddamnit, I didn't expect that. THAT WAS TOO GOOD.

This can't be real. Can it?

It... it is then?

Well, I can cross this one off my list.

I hope there's a way to paws the game.

The comedic value of this is just, wow, unimaginable.

Scorpid:

Dexter111:
EA is probably going to adopt this practice with all their games soon.

They're always looking to broaden that audience, why not teach cats and dogs to buy DLC? xD

"We felt that our Dead Space 3 series was too uncomfortable for our audience and so to broaden our market appeal with the franchise we're going to focus more on the chasing the ball and fetch quests as well as making it four player friendly. This will no doubt be the most thrilling installment of the series. We expect to sell at least 10 million copies to break even."
-EA Marketing Dept.

Seriously though THIS IS THE MOST ADORABLE STORY EVER! I want to get an Ipad just so my kitty will purchase these levels without my knowledge and then I can wave my fist at the sky because she charged me a dollar so she could keep playing her game.

Who the hell lets their cat play with their iPad? Otherwise... I kinda like this idea. Seems neat. And this is a really cool news story. Cats buying DLC? Oh the humanity! :D

This is legit the funniest story I've heard all week, and God knows we could use some funny stories right now.

This is the best story ever! Even the title made me laugh. Kudos.

Deviate:
Scratching posts. Litter boxes. Catnip toys. Now games.
Let's pray no one makes a box opener they can operate or they'll rise up.

why rise up when they already have a slave population at their beck and call.

haha i want an IPAD now :D

In other news, cats are furious with the unsatisfactory ending to 'Games for Cats' and demand souls.

why was the owner getting so catty about the issue? Why did he even let the cat have his credit card details anyway?

Grey Carter:
raw purrchasing power

Grey Carter:
Catastrophe averted.

...

I hate you.

best...story...ever

If its a game for cats why not let the cats purr-chase the DLC meant for them?!

Paahhhaaahaha!

Oh man, I just.. wow. I mean, it's totally understandable why people would be annoyed but this is just so hilarious.

Tharwen:

Grey Carter:
raw purrchasing power

Grey Carter:
Catastrophe averted.

...

I hate you.

Why so fur-ious? I'm really not feline your issue here.

Dexter111:
EA is probably going to adopt this practice with all their games soon.

Indeed. I'm sure they'd love to claw their way into this market.

On the internet nobody knows you're a cat.

ok. who would like to have million scratches on his 500$ ipad?

this proves you can sell any shit you can imagine to people.

That dog had the right idea.

Well if a cat can enter a, minimum of, six character iTunes password needed for in app purchases then I think they can break through the new security measures.

These people might as well let their children play with their money and a pair of scissors.

Wait...what kind of Moron let's their fucking Cat play with their Tablet? o.O

Grey Carter:
Rather than submit to the raw purrchasing power...

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:P Seriously though, that video makes me wish I had a cat................and an iPad.

Gotta love how the dog walks up and just looks at the screen like "What the fuck is going on here you loony feline?"

Grey Carter:
Catastrophe averted.

I wasn't expecting that. Goddamn you, Carter!

thenumberthirteen:
Well if a cat can enter a, minimum of, six character iTunes password needed for in app purchases then I think they can break through the new security measures.

They crack iTunes codes, soon Facebook passwords, then government websites! Cats shall conquer the planet with the power of computers.

I gotta say, the escapist knows how to have attention grabbing headlines.

Certainly makes one paws for thought, never know where this may lead

Grey Carter:
Developer Accused of Selling DLC to Cats

Some even went as far as to suggest that Hiccup was deliberately trying to fool the cats into buying the DLC.

Yeah.... Hiccup managed to finally figure out the feline mind. Doesn't this earn them some sort of Nobel prize? I mean, in order to fool someone/thing you need to know how they/it think, right?

....right?

Captcha: Pipe dream. Yes, yes it is.

Seems like the purrfect way to keep your cat entertained, let it paw at relatively expensive hardware.. not like they have sharp claws and things...

I like how the dog in the video clearly couldn't give a shit.

Deviate:
Scratching posts. Litter boxes. Catnip toys. Now games.
Let's pray no one makes a box opener they can operate or they'll rise up.

how the Irony of your avatar makes me laugh

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