If you’re going to get offended, just browse away. No one is forcing you to read this…
The Age Group
How old are you?
Are you an adult?
Note: When I say “adults”, I mean anyone over 16. If you’re old enough to drive, you’re too mature for this nonsense.
And some of these people are in their 30′s and 40′s. Gives a whole new definition to the term “creepy” considering the game is targetted at preteens. I just have to wonder how many of these people are hanging out there for other purposes.
And I thought HL players were annoying. You see them even on WordPress.com and all they do is create a shell of a blog purely for the sake of publishing “cheats”. I’m almost tempted to report these as spam…
And then some doofus posts “We need 10,000 hits in 3 days!” or some other like people don’t have lives to visit a site with no content… Some don’t, but that’s besides the point.
I don’t wan’t to know about your stupid hobby!
Every day, I get at least a dozen emails from people inviting me to this stupid game. I’m starting to regret plublishing my email…
And it’s slowly starting to creep into this blog as well, as I’ve had a couple of spam comments by users who run these, devoid-of-content, blogs dedicated to nothing but Club Penguin “cheats” and other garbage. I think I’ve escaped the worst of it, but by reading a few other blogs, I know others haven’t.
Did you know people can spend real money to get fake money?
I’m not kidding. There are sites offering you advice, tips, even stocks of cash (fake, of course) all for a fee deposited via PayPal or some other pay site.
And a small reminder:
The game is targetted at preteens. So I wonder how many of these payments are from duped children using their parents’ credit cards. The game may have safegards within it, but what happens after you log-off?
If there are children playing the game, then how many are under 13 with registered blogs on WordPress dedicated to it?
If something goes terribly wrong, Disney (the owners of the game) can easily claim it was outside the game’s world, so they have no control. Even if the contact was initiated in-world. Besides that, we all know most kids won’t be honest with the COPPA agreement.
One has to wonder if something akin to MySpace could happen here.
Besides that, no game is “safe” for children without adult supervision if there is outside contact involved. You can get your kids any present you want, but the fact remains, a game is no more a babysitter than a TV. It’s actually much worse because there are strangers involved.
I hope WordPress will introduce some provision in the future that says “blogs” are to be used for “blogging” or something similar.