Get him a trial account, see how he gets on, then upgrade each expac so he doesnt go hell for leather to 90 and gets to enjoy the older content a bit, no need to blow a ton of money right away.
By this I mean be physically involved/engaged and not online in a virtual world.
I took my son out and just kick ball or riding a bycicle. This is what I mean by doing stuff together irl.
At the same time you won't be teaching your kid that interaction is something that is done true a computer, they have a lot of stuff which does precisely that already.
So in my personal opinion if you want to spend time with your kid, do it in a different way than online.
I know that if the parent is a gamer, he/she would like to spend time in the game... but as a parent, it is about the children and their need, and not your's.
I am not saying that playing games together is not good.... it is, if dosed properly; the only thing I am saying is there are better ways.
Try and balance it with something you do together OUT of wow, take him the park and kick a ball around (or perhaps something a bit more interesting like racquets - bats like VERY oversized table tennis bats and try and keep a rally going, you get a nice bit of hand-eye co-ordination as well as running around like a loon, normally played on the beach but works in the park too) or get him into cycling. So long as you aren't encouraging your child to follow you into obesity etc (not assuming but it's one angle) then I don't see an issue.
Kids I think though likely get enough encouragement to sit fairly inert already without help but the bonding opportunity is a fair balance for it. I'll still be gaming (given chance) when I have kids (next couple of years) but they'll be getting a fair variety of exercise to try too (rock climbing, cycling, racquets, gym when old enough etc).
Originally Posted by BoubouilleOriginally Posted by xxAkirhaxx
as many disadvantages this would cause. i think you should buy him his account for several reasons:
1) try to teach him to maintain a reasonable amount of hours to play and balance between real life and game life.
2) get him to join a high end guild because that way he can have a bigger community he can learn from
3) related to 2), it will also teach him how to work with a team in a much smoother way.
Better buy him a bike, football / karate club membership. Or something appropriate to hes age. I'm sure he will thank you if you buy him hes OWN wow account, but I bet he won't brag with it in school.
Exposing your kid into such a...diverse community as wows, will ultimately be detrimental to hes well being. Wait until he is at least 15-16 y.o and more mature. It would be ashame if he wasted hes time playing online games, instead of going outside and play with hes friends.
That is my honest opinion, but you are the one that will choose in the end.
Didn't you have a blast? That's what I'd ask a retired heroin or meth junkie.I deeply regret that I didn't listen to my father when he kept telling me to stop playing the warcraft franchise. All those years I consider wasted because i could have been doing so much better in school (high school and college). WoW doesn't teach you responsibility. The whole "take things into moderation" isn't really much of an argument.
People may berate me for saying all this but it's what you decide in the end. Just know that whatever you do from that point on, your actions will have consequences, good or bad depending on what you make your child do.
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"When i am done with you, you won't trust your own mind."
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Have faith in the light,
And the strength of its weilders.
I let my Brother play my account when he was 7, he now has his own account and is doing perfectly fine.
Hes 11 now, and if anything wow has helped strengthen his vocabulary, way of thinking and problem solving. He'll quite happily sit and research his class, work out his reforges and rotations by himself, hes even went to raid quite a number of raids and is the best warrior of his guild.
In my opinion, age in WoW means nothing, Ive met a ton of younger players both guildies and non-guildies that are more mature than most adults Ive played with
yes mate, but slap all filters on you can, and keep an eye on him
not too much, but not too little
I say buy him an account, but as others said make sure to give him a restriction of how many hours per day he is allowed to play, and that he always have to prioritize school. I have a friend who let gaming get the better of him, fortunately he saw this as well and went to something called "game over" for three months to help him tag it down a bit so he could focus more on the important things in life again.
Games, like with everything, must be taken in moderation. Like the Swedish saying "lagom är bäst".
For what it's worth, I started playing WoW when I was 13-14, (I'm 21 now), my brother introduced me to it and it even brought us closer together as siblings. I have also made a lot of great friends thanks to WoW, and met loads of interesting people within Europe. I can't say I have anything but good things to say about my experiences with the game.
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I would encourage him to take on more productive activities, but that's just my opinion.
That said, my dad introduced me to games on our Commodore 64 back in the day, so who am I to talk :P
he is old enough at 13 - I mean jon snow joined the nights watch at 14
I feel like this thread needs a poll.
At any rate I say yes. For many of the reasons already mentioned. I feel that not only does wow help develop a young minds reflexes, critical thinking and problems solving. Honestly it is such a social rich environment that it would foster development of social skills at a much better rate than anything else. Not to mention in a game the pressure of peers in school and the over abundance of physical abuse from bullies is removed as well as becoming the social pariah of the school. In most guilds I have been in everyone talks to everyone about a variety of different subjects. This leads to the other point of being exposed to whats happening in the world i.e. news, sports, foreign affairs. Additionally there is the chance to play with people from other countries and help to unite our bitter broken world.
I say yes.
Do it. I grew up watching my dad do Oynxia and Molten Core, and asking questions constantly. About half a year after release, he let me and my older brother(8 and 11, respectively) make characters. We didn't do much, and had time limiters on everything we did, but it was amazingly fun. If you're worried about time spent, just use the parental controls. And believe me, unless he's been home schooled, he's heard everything that trade chat has to offer.
In fact, if he wants a leveling partner, drop me a message! I'd be more than happy to show a newbie the ropes.
Video games taught me how to be a teamplayer and a leader at the same time.
13 is not a terrible age to start playing, I was only 4 months into 11 when I started playing, and yeah I was a complete tard back then because I had noone to teach me how to do stuff properly.
One of my friends played WoW a few years ago, he got to 2.1k 3v3 arena rating at age 12/13, and that's not to say that anyone can get that rating.
He was a fast thinker and a good communicator, if not abit cocky.
He started playing at age 10 or 11 too, recieved lots of gameplay tips from his big brother (who I played with before) and myself, and within a year he was better than both of us in PvP.
At that age your kid probably wants to 0wn up in sum BEEGEES instead of doing coordinated PvE, that -should- be out of his attention span.
Not to say that it is, but with CoD existing today I can't see how new teenagers would want to do some things as slow paced as raiding.