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The Queue: How young is too young to play WoW?

Adam Holisky

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

I want to share with you my deepest fear today... as some of you might know, I occasionally go off on some rant on The Twitters about something. Usually it's politically related or about some game thing. Those rants used to be peppered with various four letter words, enough to make a sailor blush.

My biggest fear is that someday I'm going to a accidently tweet on the WoW Insider account one of my rants without noticing it.

I've tried to clean up my language on Twitter just so if I do accidently send out that bad tweet on @WoWInsider, I won't cause too many complaints about us not thinking of the children.

Hey, and speaking of children...

Don asked:

I've got a ten year old daughter who really enjoys playing WoW. We'll sit together and do just about everything, from fishing to questing to running dungeons. What rules are there in my daughter getting her own account? Is there an age requirement?

The only official limit is that as a minor your daughter must be granted the account by you. You'll own it, she'll use it. This is a special relationship for minors and parents only.

But, let's talk about this a bit more...

I don't think 10 years old is appropriate for this game without parent supervision. Yes, there are always outlier cases, and your daughter might be one of them, but in general a 10 year old won't have the mental capacity to recognize a clandestine dangerous situation. Sure, in real life the guy giving out candy at the bus stop is recognized as a threat and everyone runs away. But in a social game where some level of kindness is required in interactions with strangers, it can be easy for her to let her guard down and not realize she's dealing with the same kind of creeps you and every other parent have raised her to avoid.

Now I'm not saying that WoW is filled with criminals, and in fact they're very few and far between. But WoW is just like anything else that's super large -- there's a sample of the entire population here. That includes the bad elements.

In general I'm a fan of letting kids that are 12 or 13 years old play the game without direct and constant supervision. By that age they've got a bit more understanding under their belt. But in my opinion, anyone still in elementary school needs direct guidance.

Shandeigh asked:

Do you think they will ever have a capturable baby murloc pet. I nnnnnneeeeeeedddsss a baby murloc and my husband won't buy me the one on ebay for $2500 because he's mean.

Highly doubt it. Those pets are super rare right now, and there's no indication Blizzard wants to make them available to the general public anytime soon.

And your husband clearly doesn't love you. Find a real one that'll buy you $2,500 worth of pixels. I'm sure the comment section can help you craft the perfect Craig's List ad.

Tsiatko asked:

Is there any logic as to why the buff Valor of the Ancients is only Realm wide, and not account wide? Having 90s on multiple realms, and valor capping both is insanely mindwreaking.

It's a technical limitation, likely of the same variety that's causing cross-realm mailing to be a problem.

Ross asked:

If applicable, which raid boss is your group working on, and in terms of progression, does it seem like you're ahead/behind your pace when compared to previous tiers?

My guild split and transferred servers at the end of the last expansion. This was an amicable split between the raiders and non-raiders; the raiders wanted to get to a place where we could pug the 25th member of the raid, and didn't have to deal with all the "but your server is dead" QQ in interviews. We haven't fully recovered from that split and are still seeking people to fill three nights of 25-man raiding (right now we're at two, consistantly).

That said... we're on the last boss of HoF normal. We're way behind of where we were progression-wise in other tiers. For Deathwing, we had cleared heroic up to but not including him, and for Firelands we got 4 or 5 heroic bosses down.

Getting our guild back up to the participation levels it needs is a tough nut to crack, but we'll pull through. I haven't been much help as of late either, my real-life jobs, health, and still-new wife are all keeping me from participating at the level I used to (and that I want to).

And hey, if you're looking, check out KoT on Lightbringer-Alliance. We're a great group!

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