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8-12-2011 @ 3:02AM
I won't say that I'm not guilty of... perhaps "spreading the hate" in the game, whether it's an aggressive response to PUGs and general/trade posters alike (Idiocy, incompetence, laziness, etc).Nor am I in agreement of unleashing a child upon the cesspool of the internet when the child is not mentally developed/capable of handling such environment.The general internet has turned into nothing short of a warzone. There's idiots spewing aimless hate speech. There's "sophisticated" idiots trying to educate the masses with their flaccid chain of thought. There's Godly servants from heaven who will defend and assist anyone in need, and there's casual users who just doesn't give a flying rat's ass. No matter how you look at it, however, the environment is definitely not a safe place to raise or educate or entertain a child properly.World of Warcraft is still a part of the internet, and that still seeps through to the game by way of interactions with other players, because, after all, this game IS a Massively MULTIPLAYER ONLINE Role Playing Game. Note that I've emphasized MULTIPLAYER and ONLINE in the last sentence.By allowing a child of young age to initiate contact with potential savages is pretty damned close to sending your child down a slum for an errand. Whether you walk him to the store (parental supervision), send him off with a bus (Guild), or on his own (Solo/RDF), he's still bound to see the ugliness of the ghetto. Not to mention, if he's out on his own, the other denizens of the slum (RDF Pugs) will either have to babysit him (due to his lack of skill) or deal with him in their own way (made apparent by the instances provided in the post). By letting a young child play, you would essentially add the burden of babysitting to other players, and as we've noticed... Not many people are willing. I personally cannot blame them. In addition, it's complete and total strangers doing it... And I wouldn't feel safe, at all, to do so.This, of course, can be avoided or mitigated to some degree by limiting his interactions, but what's the point, then? The game was clearly not meant to be played exclusively solo, and if he were to be, then he might as well play other long RPGs like Fallout 3/New Vegas, Final Fantasy, or even Dragon Quest. (Off the top of my head. There's hundreds of others.)If you're still hellbent on letting your child play, the only suggestion I can give you is to literally become his guardian. Play with him at all times. Protect his innocence from the filth-ridden grasps of reality. If you're not willing to do that... then you have no right to object to the game's society. They're wrong, yes, but that won't make you right.
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