Anyone who has been playing WoW
for a bit knows that this game is unique in that both adults and children can enjoy it
at the same time. Indeed this duality can be considered one of the best features of the game. How often can you sit down with your son or daughter and truly enjoy the same video game? Besides the amazing adventures of Dora The Explorer
, other kid friendly games like Disney Online's Toon Town
and Club Penguin
just don't provide the same level of enjoyment for adults and their children. (What's the game in Dora, you ask? Assisting her in finding the red berries or yelling at Swiper. See this not-safe-for-work Kevin Smith YouTube excerpt
for an explanation.)
However with that in mind, there are some compelling arguments that its due time for World of Warcraft
to get a few age restricted servers.
For starters, take a look at what Second Life
has done. They're a pretty successful venture, and have a lot of parallels to MMORPGS like WoW
. They've created a server called Teen Second Life
in which they do their best to only allow teenagers between the ages of 13 – 17 access. When you turn 18 you're moved up to the adult server along with all your gear and property. Of course this has the same pitfalls as any other internet site where you can fake your identity, but it is a start; and a good one since Linden Labs
actively polices age restrictions.
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