When Everquest was released in March of 1999, I was just 10 months away from the birth of my daughter. She’s grown up with me playing mmorpg’s, and she’s always been involved. Whether it was just sitting on my lap and watching me play DAoC (and maybe hitting the space bar during long horse rides and dismounting me in the middle of frickin’ nowhere) or creating her own characters in WoW and learning how to play a litle, she and I have enjoyed gaming together.
As much as I’m curious about Conan, and given that I usually at least TRY most of the major mmorpg’s released, I think Conan is going to get skipped. Here’s why. I don’t play games with excessive blood when she’s around. Sure, there’s violence in the other mmorpg’s, but I avoided that part of the game when she was younger. Now that she’s older, and a thoughtful and sensitive kid, it’s a good opportunity to talk about violence in the world, competition, human history, etc.
Maybe it’s just a prudish side that I didn’t realize I had, but I feel like I can explain sanitized violence in a way that helps her understanding of the world, while excessive blood and gore crosses a line for me. It’s probably contradictory, but there ya go. Maybe it’s a decision everyone has to make for their own family, but I don’t feel like Conan would be a game that I’d want to be playing in my house, and have to say to her “Sorry, but I can’t let you watch”. I like the fact that we game together, and we can talk about it. I don’t want to shut her out of that.
Plus there’s the whole topless thing 🙂
Does anyone else with a child find themselves considering this aspect of AoC? Or am I either
a) the only one too prudish to expose my kid to blood and gore, or
b) crazy for even letting her see me kill orcs in WoW, anyway?