Kiddification

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?

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