Melee: Gaming Communities

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Adults can share gaming clips; access to mature content.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Navigation is ultra-intuitive. Adding favorite games and sharing content is a breeze.

Violence

Lots of violent content is easy to access and is shared among users.

Sex

Iffy content related to sex is easy to access and is shared among users.

Language

Inappropriate language is easily exchanged in posts and in chat rooms.

Consumerism

Specific games suggested on the home screen and show up on the trending feed.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Iffy content related to drinking, drugs, and smoking is easy to access and is shared among users.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Melee: Gaming Community is a platform for iOS devices that lets members chat and share gaming clips and memes. Users can select games to follow and view trending clips from a main menu. They can also leave comments, share their own clips, share links to gaming news, and chat with other members. Many passionate gamers will enjoy the community environment and following games like Minecraft and Mario Kart 8 could be fun for kids. However, most of the more trending games include violent content, such as Overwatch and Call of Duty. There’s access to even more iffy games like Grand Theft Auto. Since there are no restrictions on game access and the chat rooms don’t appear to be moderated for language, kids will likely see mature images and comments. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

To set up an account for MELEE: GAMING COMMUNITIES, users enter an email address or use their existing Twitch or Facebook account. To customize video clips that appear on the daily feed of the home screen, users choose which games they want to follow. In addition to being added to the feed, tappable buttons for these games show up at the top of the home screen. There’s also a trending button that shows the most popular gaming clips. Users can watch gaming clips, home videos of memes, and other content provided by other gamers. They can also easily share their own video, text, or images by posting in a game.

Is it any good?

Although it promotes a sense of community and sharing, a lot of content is inappropriate for kids and potentially offensive, so this app is best for adult gamers. This particular platform stands out for its ease of use, particularly when it comes to sharing clips. One way to appeal to a wider audience – kids included – might be to add parent controls that restrict games with more mature ratings.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Melee: Gaming Community is best for adults. What games are unsuitable for kids? Why?

  • Talk about the benefits and risks of joining an online gaming community. How can it be a fun and safe experience?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 7, 2019
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 115.10 MB
  • Publisher: Imgur, Inc.
  • Version: 0.6.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 12.0 or later
  • Last updated: December 18, 2019

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