Magickrider, on 01 August 2011 - 07:07 AM, said:
If you are under 13 and created an account prior to 24 November 2010, you will be unable to disclose personal data through the game or website. If we find out that any personal data we have collected is from someone under 13, we will automatically delete it. We recommend that, for existing accounts, parents / guardians should play together with their children.
You may remember selecting your age as above thirteen years old when first created your account, were you actually above the age limit? I personally was under thirteen when I first sampled the game.
Nope, I was around 10 at the time. We all know that age limits have absolutely no power in this world. To be honest, I don't see a reason why there was an age limit put in place, even to this day I see nothing that can be considered offensive to anyone. The only reason I can think of (for at the time) was to preserve some sort of mature community, which we all know wasn't largely present and still isn't to this day.
As some you may have noticed, Runescape is being geared to appeal to younger crowds. While Jagex acknowledge that some of the game's content is not suitable for pre-teens, are they really making an attempt to stop under-age players? or do actually want these players to be a part of their community so claim the $5 a month the player might give them.
Of course they are not making an attempt at preventing pre-teens from playing the game. Besides, it isn't their responsibility, it's the childs parents. Of course they would love to take money off people, it's what they are there to do. Would you turn your head to a large potential market that is responsible for bringing in millions of pounds of profit per year? I think not.
Continuing from the quote above, they then go on to say while we appreciate that many pre-teens would want to use our websites, we urge parents/guardians to instruct their children not to lie about their age so as to be able to use our websites before they are old enough. Instead, we recommend that parents set up an account and play together with their pre-teens who are otherwise too young to play the game… being realistic, there are very slim chances of this ever happening.
What you said here is true. It's called social responsibility to appear friendly and responsible to all of your consumer base, namely concerned parents in this case. So by stating what they did, they are appearing responsible for the
"violence" and mature features that appear in the game.