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#1 Rhododendron

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:15 PM

Would you buy this game for your kids ?
I mean, it is a MMORPG, aren't those notorious for being too addictive?

#2 amitai

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:16 PM

yes i would
i just dont have kids to buy it for them

#3 Eramon

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:17 PM

The worlds a f'ed up place.

I'd rather them be in my home, playing a game than going out and doing who knows what.

So yes, I would.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:19 PM

Yes I would if I had kids. It's just a matter of raising your kids properly :0

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:21 PM

I would except I have no kids. I find that MMO's are only addicting if you allow them to be.

#6 Wothan

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:22 PM

Yes I would make my kids GW2 addicts.

#7 Andlát

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:23 PM

Sure, so I can have smth to punish them with when they are not doing what I tell them to.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:27 PM

Only if they promised to do their chores!
And if I found their chores were being neglected, I would shut the game off and tell them they can turn it back on after their chores are done.
Then if they say "but I was in the middle of an important part, and you reset it all!", I would say "Next time do the chores first, then go relax and enjoy yourself. It gets easier to do it that way, if you at least try.".

I would be that kind of parent.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:29 PM

Eramon said:

The worlds a f'ed up place.

I'd rather them be in my home, playing a game than going out and doing who knows what.

So yes, I would.
That's a poor assumption that playing video games at home are harmless, and you wonder why people criticize parents for not actually doing their jobs.

I could list a half dozen thing wrong with children playing GW1, but its's not worth getting into it.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:31 PM

I would buy this game for my kids if they like gaming. You can always tell them to stop playing (depending on how old they are, I guess) after a while.

I got kind of addicted to Guild Wars, but I later realized it wasn't worth it to spend my whole day playing a game that I will grow tired of at some point anyway. So after that I started doing more IRL with friends etc as well.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:42 PM

Depends on how old....some people aren't as nice as the 1s on guru and the age rating is there for a reason.

#12 Biz

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:45 PM

Would you buy this game for your kids ?
Yes I would actually. Playing MMOs is a particularly good way of learning english, typing as well as expanding your existing vocabulary.

Engagement in MMO fan community may provide experience in essay writing as well as basic introduction to scientific method.

MMOs also teach kids critical thinking, problem solving and time management and refine their fine motor skills.

I mean, it is a MMORPG, aren't those notorious for being too addictive?

Unlike other MMORPGs this one does not require countless game hours from their players. There are no required monotonous tasks that a player must perform for weeks in order to advance.

In addition to that Guild Wars 2 features a daily Feat¹ system that favours casual players who value their time and may be spending only 1-2 hours a day playing the game.

¹ - http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Feat

Edited by Biz, 22 August 2010 - 08:47 PM.


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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:51 PM

well everything is addictive and besides this game shows things that the kids must learn ( teamwork; be the "goods guys") and its good for the imagination

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:53 PM

I bought GW for my son and me 5 years ago and I guess we'll get GW2.

We are a family of video play gamers. GW is not an addiction, only a part of it. We also play (or have played) WoW, Aion, AoC, LotRO etc. And we love strategy games (HoMM, FFT, Disgaea etc).

We are currently on the Cataclysm beta. We are doomed. :)

#15 Qehb

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:55 PM

I've heard more storys about kids being addicted to games like Halo or Call of Duty than of MMO's.

#16 amitai

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:55 PM

Biz said:

Would you buy this game for your kids ?
Yes I would actually. Playing MMOs is a particularly good way of learning english, typing as well as expanding your existing vocabulary.

Engagement in MMO fan community may provide experience in essay writing as well as basic introduction to scientific method.

MMOs also teach kids critical thinking, problem solving and time management and refine their fine motor skills.

I mean, it is a MMORPG, aren't those notorious for being too addictive?

Unlike other MMORPGs this one does not require countless game hours from their players. There are no required monotonous tasks that a player must perform for weeks in order to advance.

In addition to that Guild Wars 2 features a daily Feat¹ system that favours casual players who value their time and may be spending only 1-2 hours a day playing the game.

¹ - http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Feat

don't forget it teaches math and interaction with other ppls
and playing roles of characters and developeing them is good for the brain
and most mmorpgs also teaches how the economy works and how to manage it. those games are way better for the brain then action games and such.
that is a part of the reason why those games are addicting the brain have a lust for knowledge, most ppls dont understand that and because of TV a lot of kids dont like school and such but it have been proven that most kids that aren't being told that school is a horrible place and that studying is boring
love school and learning and get better grades while i actualy love milk.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:58 PM

Also : When it comes to education, MMOs are better than most of the TV and magazines out there. ;)

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:58 PM

Assuming I had kids, I would probably buy it for my kids if they asked for it.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:58 PM

No, I don't trust them with any of you... I'm afraid they'll be too much of an influence, and then corrupt you all. ^_^

Seriously, though, they're at the age that I can trust them, and as long as they get their schoolwork done, I personally don't have a problem with it.

And if they suffered from any sort of addiction, and threw a fit over any down time (because of 'net, real life, or server-based)... I'll simply hand them the TV remote, and tell them "you know where that goes". That'll get them to laugh, and then self-reflect.

#20 Qehb

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:59 PM

Also I'd sooner buy Guild Wars 2 for my kids (if I had any) than any other MMO since I wont have to scoop out 15$ a month to pay for it :P

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:02 PM

Themis said:

Also : When it comes to education, MMOs are better than most of the TV and magazines out there. ;)
Depends on the TV programs and magazines you are referring to.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:04 PM

Hey son would you like to play GW2 with me? Just you and me, father and son?

No thanks dad I have my own life jeez...

What do you mean?

I play WoW with my friends! Now leave me alone!

Whaaaaaaaat???

*slaps son in the face*

:eek: No really how awkward would that be?

#23 amitai

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:04 PM

Craywulf said:

Depends on the TV programs and magazines you are referring to.

TV programs that kids watching lol

Fat Kids Lag IRL said:

Hey son would you like to play GW2 with me? Just you and me, father and son?

No thanks dad I have my own life jeez...

What do you mean?

I play WoW with my friends! Now leave me alone!

Whaaaaaaaat???

*slaps son in the face*

:eek: No really how awkward would that be?

i actualy would have shot him lol

#24 TriggerSad

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:08 PM

Well, I don't really have any kids, but I do have a good idea on how I would handle them playing MMOs. Give them a time limit. Make it apparent to them that they only have a certain amount of hours to play the game, and it would depend on school days and weekends. Maybe use extra hours as a reward for doing all of their homework or doing their chores.
I'd also try to make them do other activities besides staying indoors and playing video games. Maybe have them join a sports team? Honestly, it really shouldn't be that hard to keep your kids from becoming addicted to a anything. It just takes a good amount of dedication.

#25 Biz

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:09 PM

amitai said:

don't forget it teaches math and interaction with other ppls
and playing roles of characters and developeing them is good for the brain
and most mmorpgs also teaches how the economy works and how to manage it. those games are way better for the brain then action games and such.
that is a part of the reason why those games are addicting the brain have a lust for knowledge, most ppls dont understand that and because of TV a lot of kids dont like school and such but it have been proven that most kids that aren't being told that school is a horrible place and that studying is boring
love school and learning and get better grades while i actualy love milk.

I was thinking that only I used equation systems with two or more unknown variables to optimise my MMO gaming =)

Abstract thinking and communication training did not sound good enough in the context of what I wrote, so I left it out.

Other MMOs rely on subscription fees and thus are designed to be as addictive as possible in order to keep players playing the game. Artificiality drawing out the experience making sure to distribute gratification sparingly always leaving players wanting for more.

This is where GW2 is different from the rest. Developers have no reason to keep players playing the game, thus can provide content undiluted with grind.

#26 SteeJanz

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:10 PM

Each of my 4 kids have a guild wars account, as well as my wife.  I have played guild wars with each of them.  It is something else that I can do with my family.  The important thing is to teach them about priorities and that games are not the top priority.

Guild Wars > home work = no computer.  

It's an easy math problem for them to figure out.  It was as easy for them to figure out as it was for me to figure out that  Computer > wife = :(  .

#27 Themis

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:12 PM

Fat Kids Lag IRL said:

Hey son would you like to play GW2 with me? Just you and me, father and son?

No thanks dad I have my own life jeez...

What do you mean?

I play WoW with my friends! Now leave me alone!

Whaaaaaaaat???

*slaps son in the face*

:eek: No really how awkward would that be?

:D

I doubt this can happen often. The reaction would rather be "Is there a free seat in your raid ?"

#28 Rhododendron

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:16 PM

Themis said:

Well, I refer to... 99% of them. :angel:

And I don't even mention ads.
Guild Wars 2 > National Geographic?
i am so buying this game.

#29 amitai

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:18 PM

Rhododendron said:

Guild Wars 2 > National Geographic?
i am so buying this game.

are you kidding me guild wars 2 is about the real world of tyria
national geographic is mostly about those imgainary animals you see in the real world
whic i most of the time would rather ignore

#30 Shabudua

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:28 PM

That's the beauty of Guild Wars: By it's very nature, it's not as addictive, time consuming, or expensive as other MMOs <cough cough> WoW <cough> But it's still a lot of fun.

Everyone in my family has a Guild Wars account. We don't play every day, or even every week. But when we do, it's a fun diversion. Meanwhile, my best friend is a WoW addict. So are all his kids. But his wife isn't. That can be a bad situation. Out sympathies go out to them--especially the wife--and we keep hoping they'll see the light of Guild Wars ;)