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Member Since 14 Mar 2007
Offline Last Active Sep 04 2010 08:38 PM

"Runescape : an education that kids don't need?"

13 November 2007 - 09:39 PM

now, first and foremost, i would like to make it clear that the following is not my opinion, but is an article i found on the internet (i was browsing RuneScape on Wikipedia :oops: ) and after reading this, i thought i had to share it with the rest of you. the link is here :

http://www.tomsgames... ... e_exposed/

for those of you who do not trust links, it says...

The owners of RuneScape, Jagex Limited, portray the popular massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) as a fun pastime for gamers - more than that, they claim that it is "educational." It does have some positive learning aspects, but players also get a broad education in the negative aspects of online gaming, including cheating, scamming, lying, taunting, bullying, gambling and addiction.

Sure, some of these activities happen to one extent or another in all online games. But RuneScape is child-oriented, with some players as young as five online. The reputation of the game is that it is safe for kids, but they are in fact exposed to all sorts of very negative influences without them, or their parents, realizing it. So what are our children learning on RuneScape? And what is Jagex doing - or not doing - about it?

In the first part of this two-part series, I take a look at the game and describe what its community is really like. Starting with a brief overview of RuneScape, I concentrate mainly on discussing what players experience, the many dangers for children who play and the impact that this can have on young minds. I write as both an avid player and the parent of two children who play - and as one of many active, involved adults who has tried to little avail to get Jagex to clean RuneScape up.

I realize that some might wonder what the big deal is. After all, it's just a game, isn't it? Well, no, it isn't: players of online games invest many hours of time and energy and they take them very seriously. Consider that football is also "just a game", but fans can get so passionate about them that violence results, despite only watching games on TV. Here, the gamers are actually immersed in the environment, and most are young and impressionable.

I've seen first-hand the impact on children who have been betrayed, cheated, verbally abused or killed by another player - the negative consequences can have a lasting impact. Players and parents of players alike need to take these issues seriously.

one of the quotes from the article that really stimmied me was this

But RuneScape is child-oriented, with some players as young as five online.

now, correct me if i'm wrong, but RuneScape has an age restriction of 13+. why the heck are kids as young as 5 playing?!

anyways, just let me know what you think of this, and if this has already been posted on the forums somewhere, please lock this :)

an enquirey about signatures...

03 October 2007 - 04:46 PM

can anyone please tell me how to make http://forum.tip.it/...ic.php?t=704671 appear as "click here for my blog to 99 herblore!" in my sig, whilst still being a link to my blog?

thanks in advance

Lava's Blog|retirement... it's quite nice

01 October 2007 - 09:22 PM

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a huge amount of thanks to 4be2jue and Lara156 for the awesome banners <3.

why hello there! welcome to my blog!


i suppose this would be a good place to start. so, without further ado, let's begin.

my levels at the beginning of the blog

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my current levels

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about me

current goals

level ups

miscellanious pics

wall of mods. read at own risk!


friends blogs

my herblore log (goal abandoned)

special thanks

well then, that's about it, please post, if you do, i'll give you a cookie.

if you do not post, then Kitty will be vewy angwy with you. you won't like Kitty when kitty is angwy :twisted:

PLEASE POST ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO IMPROVE MY BLOG!!! but please make sure it's good advice.

99 hunter achieved

27 September 2007 - 08:33 PM

now, due to me being a complete and utter idiot, i just saved over the 99 congratulations message, however, i did manage to salvage this pic, tell me what you think. . .

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thank yous

a question about the keris dagger from contact!

17 July 2007 - 06:04 PM

hello there fellow tifer's!

i need help. i recently acquired keris, but then i died with it and lost it.

so, i was hoping that someone could tell me how to get it back.

thanks in advance :mrgreen: