February 10, 2009 at 6:01 pm #161087fatnbaldMember
Hello folks, anyone on here tell me how suitable or unsuitable Runescape is for my 11 yr old to be a part of?
I have just clocked him on it, he seems to have signed up for it and have been playing it for a few days on the say so of one of his friends.
I have heard it mentioned around and about but have no knowledge or experience of it – a generation thing perhaps!February 10, 2009 at 6:11 pm #183311TCMuffinMember
Runescape is pretty harmless – I played it for a while but soon realised I had better things to do 🙂
As with any interactive game which is played with other people online, it is possible that another player will be using language or behaviour which you may prefer your 11 year old not to be part of. Although having said that I doubt he’ll hear anything in Runescape that he’s not heard before.
I have to say that I didn’t experience much offensive language and no offensive behaviour, but this was a couple of years ago.
Why don’t you sign up for Runescape and play it for a few days to see if you think it’s OK for your son – you’ll soon get a feel for the tone of the place.
On the up side – success in Runescape (as in life) depends on problem solving and forging alliances with like-minded people.February 10, 2009 at 7:19 pm #183310adatay92Member
I used to play runescape several years ago (at least 5/6 years) so it’s been around for a while.
I seem to remember there is a free option and a paid option.
Generally it is pretty harmless, although it can be quite adictive so I suggest you make sure he isn’t clocking up too many hours playing it.
I seem to remember there is a very strict profanity filter which is quite hard to get around so bad language shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Perhaps set out some ground rules
– maximum amount of time per day
– don’t pay for anything
– don’t give out any personal details
– don’t give anyone your user name and password
– don’t have contact with anyone outside of the designed game interaction
Just suggestions…. 🙂 It’s probably a phase and he’ll probably get bored of it quite quickly!February 11, 2009 at 8:57 am #183308jezMember
Yeah adatay92 covers a couple of point I was going to mention. Just make sure he is cautious with who he talks to and try to encourage him not to get too caught up in it.
I used to game far too often and saw many younger players get very attached to their games. Many would be playing hrs a day in the run up to their exams and stuff. A bit worrying!
But I would have been just like that if the Internet had been available when I was that age! Fortunately my Mrs doesn’t let me get away with selling my soul to Azeroth etcFebruary 11, 2009 at 6:50 pm #183309fatnbaldMember
Thanks for the responses, the online time is very limited to start with, the PC is on the same room as the one I use so they are always likely to be watched.
The option of me signing up and playing myself is unlikely as my real life persona takes up most of my time allocation!February 11, 2009 at 6:52 pm #183312TCMuffinMember
You really don’t need to play it for long to get a feel for the place, but I understand only too well the constraints of the real world 😉
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