Ds's mate keeps telling him to get it because it's great and they can talk about it and play together on play dates. Ds is 11 so age wise fine I think. But which one? There's loads of different ones on Amazon. Is there a beginners one? Help!!
Before you do have a good Google. Wowc can be an all consuming game. It has been the subject of investigation (panorama I think but don't quote me) caused lost jobs and ended marriages. I'm not saying don't get it just be well informed of the pitfalls. I've personally watched it ruin one life just because it's sort of addictive.
Bertie you may not have found it but other people have. I'm sure many play it without issue but enough people have had problems with this particular game over and above the usual that there have been programmes made, support groups run and an awful lot of information given over the years. I'm glad you don't have any sort of problem but that doesn't mean others won't so a friendly warning to read up before buying is not out of place and certainly isn't "bollocks"
DH & I play WOW because quite frankly we are a bit sad and I can't be bothered to pretend otherwise
It is perfectly possible to play without interacting with anyone, I have managed it for years by dint of just ignoring anyone who tries to talk to me.
So let's make that sad AND antisocial
It's no more addictive than anything else. And it's perfectly reasonable for an 11yo there's nothing "dodgy" in there IYSWIM.
He can run around with his mates in there and have a good time. I think it's fine
Which to buy - if he wants to be with his friends it depends what level they are, he might have a bit of work to do before he can get to where they are and meet up with them + they will be progressing as well. Unless they will start out new characters with him at the time or come back and help him level up (catch up).
I put it in the "good clean fun" category BTW and I'm a reg on feminism and not put out by the storylines / attire of female characters etc (star wars online or whatever it's called I am looking at you ).
What makes it more addictive than other games of this type? I was assuming that it's just its popularity and media attention which makes it stand out over other options, but I am happy to be corrected. I just think it leads to a false sense of security to say (for example) that WoW is addictive but that Final Fantasy Online is not. They operate to a similar model so why would one be more addictive than another?
I don't play MMORPGs because I find them deathly boring so no personal experience but I have a lot of friends and DH who play them.
The game itself is fairly innocuous, unfortunately the other players aren't. I've seen some pretty vile stuff being said both in general chat (the chat channel for the zone your character is in) and whilst in groups for doing battlegrounds (combat against other players of the rival faction) or instances.
Misogynistic/homophobic/xenophobic chat and rape jokes are not unusual. It's no different to any other un-moderated online chat, sometimes it's fine and sometimes it's not. There's also a built in voice chat system now but I think parental controls allow you to restrict access to that.
If you do buy it, don't bother getting it from Amazon. You can buy it as a digital download direct from the official site for just £9.99 for all content aside from the most recent expansion pack. That includes 30 days of game time as well, after which it requires a subscription of £9.99 a month (or slightly less if you buy blocks of three or twelve months).
You can get a free trial version as well which allows play up to level 20 (current maximum level is 100) and limited interaction with other players and some restriction with regards to game features.
I play a different MMO, and it has a much more adult but child-friendly community than WOW.
There is no way I would let my child play one, because the chat is totally live and unmoderated - you can turn off swearing I expect but the subjects discussed are exactly as Loathsome describes above. Totally unsuitable for children.
How do I manage to not see or get involved in dodgy chat? My chat window is there <<< but all that goes through it is sod all apart from when I'm in a city and then it's just people trying to flog stuff
Bertie I don't want to go into the ins and outs of addiction, gaming or anything else. I was just letting the op know that there have been problems that she might like to check out before purchasing not opening a debate. As I said I have seen someone become massively addicted to this game so don't think it's unreasonable to pop up and say "take a quick look before you buy" when someone mentions it.