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Activision Won't Ban Underage Players

Felix Kemp
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Activision Won't Ban Underage Players

If you play a lot of either Black Ops, Modern Warfare or any of the previous Call of Duty titles, chances are you've encountered one or two - thousand - foul-mouthed, often racist and/or homophobic players who don't quite sound like they reach the 18 rating criteria. It's a topic of much debate, but so far Activision has done nothing to combat the issue, other than allowing you to mute unruly players. And according to community manager, Josh Olin, don't expect future Call of Duty titles to include an 'adults-only' mode.

Activision Won't Ban Underage PlayersAccording to Olin, he believes the issue "should be handled by the ratings board". Call of Duty is rated 18 and above, meaning that younger players are circumventing the system when purchasing the game. Olin acknowledges the issue, but maintains that the ratings board and, perhaps more importantly, the parents of these children should control what they play. "If parents want to let their kids play it's completely at their discretion".

Olin also stands firm that he wouldn't want to ruin the fun these players are having. While I do believe Activision should be held responsible for who plays their product in one way or another, I can understand his side here. "I get where you're coming from, it's that maybe the kids are more obnoxious to deal with - but hey, they want to have their fun too, so I don't want to kill that for them".

It's a contentious issue ripe for debate, so let's chime in shall we? Should Call of Duty include an adults-only mode, or should it continue to unofficially allow all ages to play? [Eurogamer]

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Sean  Apr. 15, 2011 at 20:45

What a load of tripe. More like, 'We make more money from the underage players, so why shoot ourselves in the foot?'

It really did take the cake when I had two players on MW2 on my team one sunday morning, who genuinely sounded like they were not a day older than five/six years old at most. Really. 'CHARLIE! DID YOU SEE THAT? I SHOT HIM! I DID! BUT THEN HE KILLED ME!'

Sigh. Parenting skills ftw.

DrTrouserPlank  Apr. 15, 2011 at 21:15

Seeing as a good 30-40% of the market they aim at are under 18 I'm not surprised that he thinks it's someone else's responsibility.

As it happens call of duty does have an adults only mode.

It's called Counter-strike source.

Goity  Apr. 15, 2011 at 21:46

Exactly. With games like COD, a very large percentage of the players must be under 18. It'd be a financial disaster to do anything about that, so I don't see Activision wanting to.

StauntonLick  Apr. 15, 2011 at 22:12

I don't see the harm in including an Adults-only lobby (in the same way that you have a "Hardcore Mode" lobby). If it's technically possible then Activision could potentially have their cake and eat it too.

annon  Apr. 15, 2011 at 22:52

I do miss the old xbox live days, Playing Halo 2 on the original xbox. Because you needed a visa(thank god for visa electron) or master card to purchase live so it was mostly adults.

But i believe parents should be the ones to monitor their kids and say they can't play this its 18+ instead of running out and buying it for them saying that though i would defiantly let a 16 yearold play it, 15 maybe

Dave  Apr. 15, 2011 at 23:02

Can't have an adults only mode, as this would Activision acknowledging that under-sgers play it, and thats not allowed. And as said, they won't enforce ages (as they perfectly could...) cos it will cost them sales...
They are not going to care about the kids when they can screw a few bucks out of them!
Capitalism! Don'tcha love it!

worto  Apr. 15, 2011 at 23:52

It's surely 100% the parents responsibility I know loads of people that wouldn't let thier kids watch an 18 film but will let thier 12-14 year olds play black ops! They are either very nieve or stupid. Parents that don't understand games and think that they are all still like pac man need educating.

Jonathan Lester  Apr. 16, 2011 at 00:11

My opinion on the subject is a matter of public record.


It won't get me on any Christmas card lists, but if Acti want to leave it in the hands of ratings bodies, maybe it's time for these organisations to flex some legal muscle?


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