Hello all, I am a MMORPG addicted kid who wants to share with you the mature side of children. I want to bring forth a topic that has made me question how other kids in my age group act. I want to talk about all of the 18+ guilds/clans out there.
Before I get flamed to death, I will be presenting both sides of the coin. Why guilds want to exclude, and why they shouldn't exclude ALL of them. My points are very thought out and I have even talked to one of my friends who runs an 18+ guild. I think that gives me a good enough background information to give you a detailed blog post about this topic.
Now on to the good stuff:
Good reasons why to exclude the "under 18" age group:
In general, kids around the 8 to 15 year age group tend to be very immature. Excessive swearing, use of fart jokes, and general idiocy prevent the more mature among the age group to be a part of a mature MMORPG community.Use WoW as an example. Many times during my (very short) playtime of World of Warcraft, I have ran into very immature individuals. One such example is a character on the Horde side.I was having a great time with people in the starting zone, when a level 30 Horde character came in.He proceeded to challenge everyone to a duel. if someone declined, he would tell them they had no balls and should give up playing video games. If someone accepted and lost, he would yell "YOU SUCK SO MUCH LOL I AM THE MASTER!" I then asked him his age and he said he was 15.
When I questioned my friend about why he had an 18+ only guild, he said that he didn't think that kids should hear some thing that they discuss. In my personal opinion, I think that I've HEARD IT ALL. You wouldn't believe some of this bullshit kids talk about in my class! Even though I think that I would be able to take it, maybe more delicate (and innocent) minds would be offended.No body wants a screaming parent wondering where their child learned what a "blow job" was from his "Friends in "Insert MMORPG here."Trust me, I've heard it before, it's not pretty.
On to the next topic:
Reasons why they should allow some, not all, kids into their guilds.
If your a kid like me, and you've wanted to join a hardcore guild for a certain MMORPG, then you search for one. Once you find one, you've found that you meet every single requirement. Your extremely excited that you've found your perfect guild, but then you see those dreaded words: Over 18 only! For me, it just breaks my heart that my perfect guild won't let me in just because I wasn't born around the same time they were, or before they were.Just because so many of my peers show such child-like behaviour doesn't mean I act the same way! If I were to meet some of these clan leaders I would give them a valid reason to let me in. But just because I'm under 18, some people won't even give me a chance!
Well I hope I gave you all some valid points to think about in this post. Just think that if you were in my shoes, would you want some person to deny you access to something just because your too young? The least you could do is give us kids a chance! We all aren't a bunch of hoodlums you know, we might actually surprise you once in a while... :)
EDIT: Feel free in the comments to add your comments on why or why not kids should be allowed access.