Is RuneScape Suitable for Young Children

Is RuneScape Suitable for Young Children

RuneScape, the world’s most popular MMORPG, has been around for over five years now, receiving tremendous success with its medieval gameplay. The original idea of giving the player freedom to do anything he or she wishes to has captured the interests of millions of people around the world; however, is it appropriate for all of them? A diehard RuneScape player myself, I nevertheless cannot help but maintain that RuneScape is not the ideal game for minors for a multitude of reasons. From the first moment that a RuneScape account is created, combat is the overarching theme to RuneScape. From slaying dragons for their hides to harmless birds and implings for Hunter experience, nearly all aspects of the game quests, skills, and player killing involves fighting. Undoubtedly, this gives great pleasure to the competitive teenagers and adults of the modern world, but what ideas does it place inside the mind of a minor? Such excessive combat is not recommended for a child and is little better than handing him a game rated M+.

The worship of gods is a central theme in RuneScape. Countless gods such as Saradomin, Guthix, and Zamorak exist in the MMORPG. The game even takes the liberty of placing virtues and values upon each, deeming Saradomin the god of wisdom and Zamorak the god of chaos and evil. The worship of gods is evident in the Prayer skill where the player can bury bones and worship altars to gain special abilities “invoked” through the power of these gods. Thus, Jagex raises the issue of religion and provides imaginary deities for the players to worship as a source of recreation, an idea not suggested for minors.

As if this weren’t enough, players also have the option to train Herblore and Thieving yes, thieving. Herblore is a skill where different ingredients are combined to make potions that boost other skills. This is a controversial issue as it has been compared to the subject of making drugs in the past. Furthermore, the release of Thieving has raised an issue of concern among some. Players are given the choice to pickpocket other people, steal from stalls, and break open doors.

Even more recently, Jagex, the company that created and updates RuneScape, has allowed the chat filter to be turned off. Prior to having the option to turn off the chat filter, offensive words would be censored by the chat system. Since then, any player now has the option to disregard this and turn it off with a single click of the button, exposing some very young children to inappropriate content.

I hold no skepticism when I say that Jagex intends RuneScape to be a game enjoyable for its players. It tries its best to uphold this for players of all ages, protecting minors from the relatively harsh player community by limiting chat and such. Nevertheless, parents may wish to think again before allowing their younger children to sign up for this game.

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An Introduction to the MMORPG RuneScape

An Introduction to the MMORPG RuneScape

Writing a short summary of RuneScape would not do justice to explaining the most popular online MMORPG in the world and would just skim the surface. Instead, I will attempt to give you a brief overview of the basics of the game and tips on how to get involved and join the growing community of over 10 million registered users. To begin with, RuneScape is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) set in a medieval fantasy realm. The vast land is home to many activities and monsters that users are free to participate in. The beauty of the game lies in the fact that it does not have a linear storyline. Players are free to choose their goals and control their lives, from honing their skills to fighting monsters and other adventurers.

So you’ve just made your first account and you’re at a loss for what to do. Worry not, for soon you’ll be too busy playing to remember how long you’ve been online! From the first moment players are transported to the home castle of Lumbridge, they are free to do whatever they want. Here’s the general advice for newbies new players:

1. Make money. Money is the base of nearly all activities of RuneScape, be it buying runes or arrows for practicing the Magic or Ranged skills, buying potions and armor for fights, or specific items for quests. A good way to earn money during your first days on RuneScape is to kill cows in the cow farm near Lumbridge Castle and sell the cowhides they drop for profit and combat experience.

2. Start skilling. Skilling is another term for rigorously gaining experience in one particular skill by training it to level up. The goal of most skilling players (who are also termed skillers) is to level up to 99 in a particular skill. The process is an arduous journey that may take months to complete, but the journey is profitable as the majority of the skills help earn a great advantage to players in game.

3. Undertake quests. Quests form the storyline of the game; there are several “quest series” throughout the game that a player can experience. Each quest completed unlocks even more new content in the huge realm of RuneScape. Once again, though quests are very interesting and fun, they are also challenging and a good sum of money and adequate skills are required to complete them.

4. Fight! To the adventurous, fighting others in RuneScape is often the most appealing feature in the game. Though a large portion of the game is geared towards this very feature, including Player vs Player areas and activities, it is not recommended to start the game fighting as it is a risky activity. It is advisable to follow the first two steps in order to gain money for equipment and food, as well as appropriate stats to ensure your victory in fights.

These activities just skim the surface of what there is to do in this MMORPG. But it is by following these seemingly basic tips that every player achieves success and accomplishment in RuneScape.

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RuneScape’s Vibrant Player Community

RuneScape’s Vibrant Player Community

An integral part of gaming, perhaps even the most important aspect in some, remains the community of the game. This culture that builds around the game is so essential to the success that video gaming has even been considered art to a certain extent. From the hardcore fans of the Xbox games Halo and Call of Duty community to the virtual societies of MMORPGs, all great games have an established culture around them. Many gamers can relate to at least one such community. To me, this community is the biggest MMORPG in the world, RuneScape. I began my RuneScape account nearly three years ago, and ever since then, its culture has been growing on me. It’s often interesting to observe the community of a MMORPG, as it virtually mirrors an actual society in real life. RuneScape is no exception. From the Grand Exchange, where players can trade and barter for goods with commodities, clans that meet to fight and play together, and other such interactions, the culture is no doubt a thriving one in RuneScape. In fact, the culture surprises me to an extent as it shows human nature through the habits that develop in the players. Almost everyone knows about the infamous begging that low leveled players are known for standing in popular spots begging for money to get them started on their account. Exploitations are not uncommon in RuneScape, and the developers work very hard to subdue the possible number of glitches that players exploit instantaneously. When I first started playing RuneScape, I was shocked over the extent to how some players exploited others for personal benefits, be it scamming, killing, or so. Instinctively, I have learned to be very careful with my account when playing. What is even more interesting is that Jagex, the developer, recognizes this as well, and takes great measures to prevent any harm from the scams of their own community.

As I explored the world of RuneScape, I was intrigued by yet another common culture “weddings!” Players are able to interact with so much liberty that they can even do so in a romantic perspective. Though I have never been to one personally, everyone knows that when two players decide to “marry” on RuneScape, they conduct their wedding in one of its many chapels, with close friends, all with white gowns, gold rings, and flowers. It seems to be childish and uncommon for an MMORPG, but the fact that players integrate such humanly aspects found only in the real world in a medieval society goes to show the flexibility of the RuneScape community.

And that’s exactly why I continue playing RuneScape to this day. Sure, the combat, quests, and skill training are appealing to the average player, but at the end of the day, it’s really the culture Jagex has built that attracts the appeal to millions of players every day.

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