I don't usually play computer games, but I do keep Bejeweled and Angry Birds and a couple more on my phone to entertain young relatives.
One of them earnestly insisted I install Dragonvale. Actually, I think it went like this:
"You should put Dragonvale on your phone."
"You think so?"
"Yes. Then I can give you gifts."
"Yes. All you have to do is download the app."
"I don't know how."
"I do. Give me your password."
And presto, I got Dragonvale. The 'gifts' turn out to be 'gems' needed to purchase dragons and other stuff. Also turns out I can give her gifts, too. She even showed me how to play.
"Here's some money." Punch. Points are added to the money supply.
"We'd better buy you a food center." Punch. A little house is added on the screen.
The market also sells habitats, buildings, decorations, dragon eggs...All so you can build your own little dragon world.
And sometimes it leads you to buy stuff with real money. I pointed this out.
The blithe response from the knowledgeable nine-year-old. "Oh, don't worry about that. When it says to put in your password, just cancel it."
You get the picture.
Anyway, I can't stop playing. But I do have to give out gifts every twenty-four hours, right? I'm not addicted. Really I'm not. Why would a grown woman be addicted to building a kingdom of fire dragons and rainbow dragons and earth dragons and...