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(BBC-US)   Parents file lawsuit against video game company instead of learning how to parent   (bbc.com) divider line
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2022-12-09 5:59:59 AM  
Well, my darling child is perfect in every way.  My spouse and I did a thorough investigation and, of course, eliminated ourselves as a possible cause. Who (with deep pockets) could possibly be at fault?
 
2022-12-09 7:48:42 AM  
Whatever happened to Jack Thompson?
 
2022-12-09 8:07:19 AM  
My 9 year old asked if he could play Fortnite. I said no. It wasn't that difficult.
 
2022-12-09 8:14:40 AM  
I recall some people neglecting their children because of WoW so these kids are farkin n00bs
 
2022-12-09 8:22:35 AM  

JustMatt: My 9 year old asked if he could play Fortnite. I said no. It wasn't that difficult.


I let my then 5 year old play Glitch which was the non-violent but alcohol and drug referencing MMO that failed and got pivoted into Slack. Sort of like an adult version of Club Penguin, the three kids and I would run around the virtual worlds and do things together. I had to remind him not to talk about hooch stills in kindergarten. A decade later, he's turned out fine...so far.

Hmmm. Epic announced Cabined accounts yesterday, which are for kids <13yo and prohibit voice chats and $pending without parental permission. Doesn't say anything about restricting access to games.
 
2022-12-09 8:27:36 AM  
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2022-12-09 8:28:58 AM  
Reminds me of a mother who wrote some expert for advice.

"I bought my son a Playstation.  He got mad during a game and broke it.  Now he wants me to buy him another.  Should I?"

Oh, the responses...
 
2022-12-09 8:36:58 AM  
As the adult in a house, at a bare minimum, you control the power and internet. I once hit the breaker and killed power to room where the PCs are, told both boys that this is super easy if they're not gonna listen, we can just keep everything powered off.

The internet is even easier to kill. I could kill their devices while everything else continues to work.
 
2022-12-09 8:43:14 AM  
Are those parents named Ben Stein?
 
2022-12-09 8:43:44 AM  
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2022-12-09 8:49:09 AM  
Or the Parents could learn to game a little, which would show a bit of respect towards the hobby, allow them to connect to their kid on an emotional level and also create a better frame of how to manage negative emotions.

But that's too nuanced for headlines.
 
2022-12-09 8:52:14 AM  
All these macho responses: "just turn the game off, just tell them no" misses the whole point:  Some if these games are deliberately designed to trigger addiction dopamine responses for money
 
2022-12-09 8:56:45 AM  
 
2022-12-09 9:00:07 AM  
these parents are going to have a case.

They bring in psychologists specifically to implement game design elements. You think likes, red notifications dots, recent mentions and all the other stuff are just harmless design features ?

LOL no. they are specifically designed to keep people clicking, checking, coming back etc etc etc etc

the grind of leveling up is right out of psych 101.
 
2022-12-09 9:00:50 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Whatever happened to Jack Thompson?


He got disbarred at one point, hasn't been much noise from him since then.
 
2022-12-09 9:01:10 AM  

moothemagiccow: Wild, I remember this happening yesterday
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Thanks, but you're doing it wrong.

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2022-12-09 10:03:19 AM  

Darth_Lukecash: All these macho responses: "just turn the game off, just tell them no" misses the whole point:  Some if these games are deliberately designed to trigger addiction dopamine responses for money


But the parents aren't addicted and should have control over what their children do.  they can enable controls on their home network to keep the kids from playing.  If they're too stupid to do that, it's not the company's fault.
 
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