What's appropriate for schools?
Posted 26 November 2008 - 11:19 AM
At one extreme, we found that some schools were not only tolerant of a wide range of content, they actually wanted it. They asked us whether we could supply content based around drug-taking, sex, and street violence - the kind of thing that would get us a guaranteed 18-rating if we released this as a game. These were the schools who wanted to use Moviestorm as part of social education. They believe that by confronting the issues head on, and dealing with them in a mature way, they can help students to understand them.
Near the other end, we have schools who want Moviestorm to be pretty well U-rated, and not have anything even remotely grown-up. No guns, no form of violence, no clothing that's even remotely revealing, not even kissing. Some even went as far as insisting that we should not include non-adult characters because of the risk of it being used to create digital child pornography. These are the schools who are concerned with making sure that they don't do anything even remotely controversial.
Interestingly, we've had both those views (and everything in between) from all levels of schools, from primary through to higher education (age 5-18), and from the UK, the US, and elsewhere.
However, the most extreme views we had came from those who wanted to ensure that Moviestorm would control the type of film that people could make. We had comments such as "How does Moviestorm ensure that ethnic minorities can only be portrayed in a positive light?" "How does your software prevent a student writing a script that contains gender bias?" Or (my personal favourite) "What does Moviestorm do to ensure that users have religious tolerance, as we are a multi-faith school?" We had to explain that it's just a tool, and we can't control what's created with it, particularly not when it comes to the words that are put in the characters' mouths.
So, the issue of "what's appropriate" isn't as cut and dried as it might appear. I'd be very interested to find out what would or would not be appropriate where you are - please say what kind of school and where you're located.
Posted 26 November 2008 - 05:04 PM
I do know that when my son played SIMS, he used to make everyone a super hero and every house had every kind of electronic gadget you can have in SIMS and also lots of gardens. My daughter always has people have a lot of pets, get married and have children.
But I always let them do what they wanted with that game and any other game.
There is a study I read a long time ago and I have not been able to find the source that said violent fairy tales are not bad for children. They allow them to work out different problems children face in childhood. For instance the witch stands for the mother, the monster the father and the child the hero. Because ultimately our own children want to overcome us and our ideals or ideas. It is part of their strive for independence. I know a lot of other people are going to disagree with me on this and say that violent games lead to kids being violent. I do not believe this at all. if that were true then religious games, games and TV shows and movies that instill ideas that lead people to help people and other ideals would also influence them.
They don't. What influences children most is the people around them and how they treat them and act toward each other. It is just an excuse to blame TV or movies or computer games for our own faults as a society and how we treat each other and treat them.
So in that vein, I have not restricted my son's or daughter's access to computer games. I just see what he is doing and what he is working out with them.
And my daughters My Space page and IMVU game is supervised by me. All the computers are downstairs and we are all around when they are using them. We spend 90% of our time with our children. We take them everywhere we go.
And they appreciate that as they get more and more involved with their friends and their families and see what goes on in other people's homes or how their friends talk about the violence and fighting that goes on in their own homes.
Of course now we are never going to be able to get them to move out and all our friends want to live with us too.
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Posted 08 December 2008 - 06:14 PM
If you are looking at building an education version, my suggestion would be to package the content you feel might be questionable in a separate addon and let the teacher choose to add the content or leave it off.
Posted 20 January 2009 - 08:38 PM
...I didn't get a very good education.
Posted 20 January 2009 - 10:01 PM
My guess is that german schools would go for the wide range of content.
Posted 21 January 2009 - 12:03 AM
lol that tickled me for a while that, could you imagine the videos if that was a content pack!
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