ESRB and LotRO: New Op/Ed
Will unsupervised ankle-biters make it into your MMOG?
Will an Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating of "Mature" help keep kids out of Lord of the Rings Online and other MMOGs? And, perhaps more to the point, should it?
IÂve found that gamers come in all varieties, and age has nothing to do with maturity. IÂd much rather deal with 10 pre-teen kids who accidentally KS my giant bats in the newbie zone than one 23-year-old griefer who repeatedly trains my group for kicks. IÂve grouped with very young gamers who play with skill and wisdom. Then again, IÂve grouped with 20-something gamers whose antics couldÂve easily landed them a spot on MTVÂs Jackass.
Read Shalayn's editorial at the Ten Ton Hammer Lord of the Rings Online community site and decide for yourself!