Sunday, June 12, 2011

Parents MMORPG Resource Center....NOT!

So this probably dates me a bit, but does anyone out there remember the big hoopla in the mid-eighties over  rock music? For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, I am referring to a big committee formed by "concerned parents"  who were worried that the suggestively sexual and violent imagery of rock music and videos were leading to the destruction of American families. They called themselves the Parents Music Resource Center and lobbied for those little labels you see on CD's (if you even bother with anything other than downloadable music) today. I've included the list of their "filthy fifteen" worst songs thanks to the contributers of Wikipedia, and because I got a hell of a chuckle reading through them and remeniscing about my apparently corrupted childhood.

# Artist Song title Lyrical content
1 Prince "Darling Nikki" Sex
2 Sheena Easton "Sugar Walls" Sex
3 Judas Priest "Eat Me Alive" Sex
4 Vanity "Strap on Robbie Baby" Sex
5 Mötley Crüe "Bastard" Violence
6 AC/DC "Let Me Put My Love into You" Sex
7 Twisted Sister "We're Not Gonna Take It" Violence
8 Madonna "Dress You Up" Sex
9 W.A.S.P. "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)" Sex/Language
10 Def Leppard "High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)" Drug and alcohol use
11 Mercyful Fate "Into the Coven" Occult
12 Black Sabbath "Trashed" Drug and alcohol use
13 Mary Jane Girls "In My House" Sex
14 Venom "Possessed" Occult
15 Cyndi Lauper "She Bop" Sex

This all came back to me over a comment someone made to me about World of Warcraft and the perceived toll it has played on the time and safety of said commenters child. Every parent has the right to deem what is acceptable for their child, so I don't want to harp about that, but I do want to take a moment and make my own comments.

First, in my over five years of playing WoW I have never been unduly harassed or verbally assaulted by anyone. I have never had an individual attempt to socially engineer their way into my personal life or account. I use a mobile authenticator and strong passwords to protect my information. On the few occasions I have encountered an individual who I have deemed rude or idiotic, I have "ignored" them. I don't think that I have ever even reported someone, although I still get a chuckle over the supposed ten year-old who followed me around for an hour then asked if I would be his girlfriend.

The Mister and I have occasionally argued about the quantity of play time, but in the same way that one spouse would get annoyed that the other came home late from a party. The other difference being that instead of being out drinking, we were still in the same house together. My oldest youngling enjoys playing, and I allow him to do so with supervision. He has been warned about the "bad guys" who may be out there wanting to get information from him for a variety of reasons and knows that he should tell us if there are any issues. He also knows that he will not play if he does not follow our rules.

The fact is that there are idiots, creeps, and a**holes everywhere. To argue that MMORPGs are inherently more dangerous than say a trip to a theme park seems a stretch to me. If you teach your kids right and wrong, monitor their usage, and limit their playtime, I don't believe MMORPGs are the root of all evil. But that is just my opinion.

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