Some concerned rumbling over at Terra Nova and elsewhere about the kiddification of MMOs. I know for my part I will never be able to watch a My Little Pony commercial without thinking of the WoW guild name My Little Pwny. Ah, fun puns. They were forced to change the name, but the problem remains: designing for the youngest common denominator.
I’m going to go against the grain and say this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Animation has been dealing with this problem for quite some time, and you’d be surprised what you can pull off for a young demographic. Furthermore, changing guild names to be more pre-teen friendly is benign compared to some of the kiddification animation writers have had to deal with. How about attacking a spaceship without lasers?
Worse case scenarios, here’s some possible design changes to make WoW even more kid-friendly:
Feign death –> Feign sleep. Enemies are too nice to wake you up.
Backstab –> Nunny nunny boo boo. You tap your opponent on the back then disappear, doing annoying damage.
Sheeping –> Sheeping. But you can’t attack a sheep cuz they’re soooo cute!
Got us started — anyone else want to try their hand kiddifying WoW powers or quests?