I was sitting at work the other day and came across an article that was talking about this young kid who was playing Destiny with a friend. As the story goes, his friend knew these two other gamers who he had invited to their group. One of the gamers had told the two that they knew about this glitch in the game that would allow them to speed up their leveling. Being a kid, he was a bit naive, and jumped at the chance to level a little quicker. The kid turned on a Sony feature which allows for sharing directly with another player and internet trolling happened.
At the end of the day, there are quite a few things to take away from this story for everyone. I think the first thing is for parents of kids who play online. Make sure your kids understand that the concept of "stranger danger", doesn't just apply to the real world, but also to these great fantasy environments that we all love. As this little guy found out the hard way, some people are out there to just hurt you. Fortunately, for this kid, it was simply a stranger deleting his characters and destroying some gear and nothing worse.
I think the second thing to really take away from here is for parents to be vigilant with their children. I will be the first parent to admit that it is hard keeping tabs on your kid with all of the modern tech that is out there. This is compounded by the fact that our kids sometimes may know more than even we do about their tech, but we have to make an effort to see what our kids are up to online and who they are associating with. I have had to have this conversation quite a few times with my sneaky little gamer, but I would rather have it a million more times versus hearing him break down sobbing like this little guy did at the end of the video showing what happened.
The other big thing, for me personally, to take away from this incident is that we need to not always be looking for the quick way to achieve our goal. In this case, the kid was looking for a way to quickly gain levels. He even acknowledged this by telling his viewers on his stream. In reality, he was willing to break the rules and cheat to get what he wanted a little quicker. Now he isn't the first one to do this. How many of you can think of at least one or two instances where you either knew someone or heard of someone who had their account hacked in WoW because they bought gold from a third party? When we step outside the guidelines of the games, bad things happen. I truly hope that his parents take this instance and use it to reinforce the fact that rules are not there to prevent you from having fun, but rather to facilitate a safe environment for everyone to have fun in.
Well, that will do it for me for today. I am curious to know what you all think about this particular incident? Do you feel the guy who deleted the characters was wrong? Do you feel the kid was wrong? Do you feel the parents was wrong? What do you think should or should not be done regarding this situation and others like it? Drop your comments and share your opinions with us! If you want to hear the entire thing, then I have included the YouTube video below. Have a great day and see you guys next time!