Originally posted by: Piuc2020
Originally posted by: ShawnD1
Originally posted by: nosfe
i wouldn't expose a 12yo kid to the language used in online games
My favorite movie as a kid was Robocop, an X rated movie with swearing and extreme violence. That was ~20 years ago and it still puts World of Warcraft to shame. Unless your kid does not own a TV and none of his friends own a TV, I'd say WoW poses no threat.
The problem is swearing in Robocop is directed towards characters in the film, people in online games would be swearing and using profanity towards your child and obviously it would be easier for him/her to pick up these forms of expression OR to be affected emotionally by these, depending on his/her personality.
I would say it depends on the actual person but a 12-year old is not mature enough to play a MMORPG. At least not with some kind of strict addiction control, kids will obsess over anything and that's normal but MMORPGs (unlike the rest of games, even online games) keep fueling this obsession indefinitely and require constant attention that's why they become full-time addictions. It happens with some adults (actually MANY) and kids are much more susceptible to it. It's the reason why MMORPGs are so successful in the first place.
In my opinion, there are much MUCH better games to play anyway.
I feel like these kind of statements are going out on a limb. That's using the few children that turn into mmo-addicted maniacs with no social skills to generalize the whole.
I cant even remember all the violent and R-rated movies i watched when i was younger. All i remember out of it, is that they were damn good movies and i enjoyed watching them with the folks. I didnt turn into a serial killer because of it.
I would agree a child should be monitored when first playing something like an MMO to see if turn into an addict. But maybe i'm wrong, i havent seen any numbers.
As soon as 1 child out of a million plays Grand Theft Auto and then goes out and tries to hijack a car.. the media and everyone who watches it assumes every single child who plays GTA will become a criminal now. I'd say that child was going to do something totally bazaar regardless.. and he needs some help.
This could be applied to almost any subject in life, especially besides video games.