Mar 1st 2008 12:04PM To a point, young players bother me, but on the other hand they don't.
The ones that bother me are the immature, whiny ones that make your gaming experince less enjoyable. It also freaks me out a little bit when I have these so-called 11 and 12 year olds talking about/commenting/quoting material that makes me blush as a seasoned 21 year old. It's like DUDE! I'm a complete stranger and you're using sexual inneundo/cussing like a sailor/being downright disrepectful.
On the other hand, I have met non-annoying players in the lower age bracket that have been awesome to play with.
(Oh, and some adults I know in-game behave worse than children at times).
I think it depends on the person and their upbrining, honestly. And also parental controls. If parents are using WoW as a babysitter and not paying attention to what their child is getting into online, that just opens up another can of worms.
I think it's ok for someone under the age of 13 to be playing, if they're monitored by their parents/siblings/guardians. That's what I do with my younger sister. I let her create a character on my account to see how she likes it, and told her she cannot play unless I'm online as well as there are too many freaks out there in cyberspace.
But that's my 2 cents.