Episode 615: A 12-Year-Old Girl Takes On The Video Game Industry : Planet Money A 12-year-old girl discovers it can cost a lot more to play video games as a girl. Today on the show: video game economics and a sixth-grade smackdown.
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Episode 615: A 12-Year-Old Girl Takes On The Video Game Industry

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Episode 615: A 12-Year-Old Girl Takes On The Video Game Industry

Episode 615: A 12-Year-Old Girl Takes On The Video Game Industry

Episode 615: A 12-Year-Old Girl Takes On The Video Game Industry

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Scarlett Fox, character in the game Temple Run
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Maddie Messer is 12, and she loves a good video game. One of her favorites is called Temple Run. In fact, it's one of the most successful games out there.

Temple Run is free to play—if you play as the default character, Guy Dangerous. But playing as a girl character can cost extra. Maddie found out this was true for a lot of games, and she didn't think that was very fair.

Today on the show: a 12-year-old girl takes on the entire video game industry.

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