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Posted: Jun 11th 2008 11:08AM Ergonomic Cat said

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Eh. I'm pretty certain that an MMO is not where I want my child learning his morality and models for good behavior. If the sole influence on his decision of "should I curse and get in fights" is "Well, in this game I played, you could/couldn't" then I have failed miserably as a parent.

And to look at the flip side, what's the argument against filtering swear words or allowing ganking in a kid-themed MMO? That it's freedom of speech? They're kids. It is good design to remove some of the more aggressive aspects. If you're upset that your kid can't gank someone in a kid-friendly MMO, get him or her a WoW account. Or one of the middle ranks - GAIA Online, or Second Life's kid version, or any of the others out there.

It's likely that my younger kids (in a few years, at least) will have more fun playing a game where they don't have to deal with the language or the aggression of the other players. My daughter started playing MMOs when she was 10. She would have fun, have fun, and use all her computer time to play, until suddenly, she would take a break for a week or so. Inevitably, it would come up that someone was cursing at her, or someone ganked her, or did something else in that vein, and she felt uncomfortable with the game, because she didn't know what to do, and didn't want to have that happen. So she'd stop playing. It wasn't someone being *inappropriate* as such - no one was sending her cybersexxorz chats or the like - she would just do something silly, and someone would say "Dumb b*tch" and she would be out for a week.






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