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Chapter 29. Multiplayer Online Gaming: P... > Features and Considerations

Features and Considerations

For parents of young gamers, one of the concerns related to online game playing will be privacy. Gamers could well enter an online gaming situation and be talking with complete strangers. Even with voice masking or muting, these strangers will gain access to young gamers and be able to interact with them and potentially compromise their privacy. At the time of writing, the service was only recently released, so it is hard to comment on the exact details and scenarios that are possible. The best option for parents wishing to use these types of gaming services is to evaluate them thoroughly to feel confident about safety and privacy aspects before handing over control and access to these services to your younger dependents. The parental control features on some of these systems may help to alleviate some of your concerns.

Another interesting issue will be the matter of gaming etiquette. When playing video games or other games with friends and family, the etiquette is obviously to be a good sport and to finish playing a game whether you’re winning or losing. In the online world, when you’re playing with strangers, you may well find that they lose interest and abandon a game while in progress if they find that they’re behind. This pattern of behavior has been apparent in the Internet gaming world on simple kids games, so it’s likely that it can happen within richer, more sophisticated multiplayer online games as well. The good news is that because gamers are paying to play, some of this poor behavior may be stifled, but it’s probably worth going in knowing that this type of thing may happen.


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