What MMORPGs are suitable for kids?
My son wants to play Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games like World of Warcraft and Lord of the Rings Online. I am concerned that the environment in the game may not be suitable for a 10 year old. Do you have any recommendations?
Runescape would be a good start for him. You can start f2p (free to play) and swearing and vulgar terms are not shown if someone else in game types them.
It is easy and simple to pick up and play and has tonnes or reply value (1000's of hours) World of Warcraft may be a little too hard for him to fully understand as it is FAR more complex and difficult to understand, even for me, without hundreds of hours of play time.
I think it's too early for him. The traditional online-gaming environment is usually non-kid friendly in many aspects, verbally, graphically (for some), or even emotionally. It would be a lot better if he'll opt for games suitable for his age. Besides, it wouldn't be good for him to get addicted at an early age.
My answer is this, be careful with mmorpgs, I say this because they are addicting. I have known people who throw there life away, because they are so caught up in these games. So please please be cautious. I speak from lots of experience. Also might I suggest:
It isnt violent, and it's cartoonish, would I would think would be more suitable.
I'd never recommend World of Warcraft until he's had MUCH experience with MMORPGs at his age. Not to mention the community is simply attrocious (much swearing and name-calling). Yet Runescape is a friendly start, and maybe I'd recommend Disney's Toontown (yes I played it and it was awesome). Toontown gives you a brief idea of the quest you'll be doing, some fun minigames and a very nice community.
To ease your concern on World of Warcraft they do have parental options. However WoW is a very addictive and time consuming MMO and players can still be rude in other aspects that can't be controlled by any parental options. And unfortunately in any MMO players can always filterskip any curse filters by substituting letters or abbreviating words. You should take into consideration the age of the child and the maturity of the audience of the game. WoW generally targets teens and up while there are MMO's out there which are targeted to be more child friendly such as Disney's Toontown, another is Nickelodeon's Neopets (www.neopets.com) which as of last time I played it had no real chat interaction between players.
However if you do consider a more involved MMO out of the many I have played I would suggest: Cabal Online (www.Cabal.com), Eudemons (eo.91.com), Conquer Online (co.91.com)
Or you can go to http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm for a list of all MMO's to help choose one that is right.
Don't give your son Runescape, because he'll get bored pretty fast. If he already knows about games like WoW or LotR, then he won't like runescape. Your best option would be Runes of Magic, it has approximately the same quality as WoW, but the company filters obscene language. Runes of Magic is made by a taiwanese company, and asian MMOs are usually more kid friendly.
Don't do it! As someone who has been addicted to gaming since my college years, I am SO glad I didn't find these things when I was a kid - I actually went outside, had friends, and played. Childhood is so short - why waste it in a cyber world. Eek!
John Greasy Gamer says right, and you should enter than they go.
I'm shocked that this hasn't been answered correctly...
Wizard 101 or Pirates 101. Two very kid friendly games that are sort of like WoW and LotR. Chat restrictions, very good parental control, etc.
Granted, this is a year and a half from when you asked the question. But it's still relevant.
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