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Audition Online

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Keyboard rhythm MMO features popular music, open chat.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game is about competitive dancing, winning, and showing off your skills.

Positive role models

The game showcases top Billboard Artists and also holds contests for up and coming artists to get their songs and music in game. It also makes the top players into role models by highlighting their standings.

Ease of play

The game is easy to learn, but hard to master.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Avatars are cute and not sexily dressed, but the lyrics of some songs can be suggestive. For example, La La La by LMFAO "I'm gonna rock your body all night long."

Language

The song list in the game is extensive and keeps up with the current Billboard top songs, some of which touch on alcohol, sex, gambling, and other adult themes.  For example, you will find "Pokerface" by Lady Gaga in the song list, as well "Angry Song" by Becca which has mild profanity.

Consumerism

The game is free to play but monetizes by renting  items for avatars, such as pets, outfits, hairstyles, and DJ rigs for real cash. All of these items have a expiration period.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There is none in-game but some song lyrics allude to these activities such as "Tik Tok" by Ke$ha "Ain't got a care in the world but got plenty of beer"

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Audition Online is a massively multiplayer online game about dancing that features songs with suggestive lyrics including references to sex and alcohol. Because the game has filtered open chat, we suggest it is appropriate for teens. The game itself is free to play, but players can easily get caught up with buying attractive outfits, hairstyles, and accessories for their avatars, which all cost real money and eventually expire so that you have to buy them again. Parents also need to know that a popular game mode is the "couples" mode where male and female characters ask each other to dance as a pair.

What's it about?

AUDITION ONLINE brings the social activity of dancing into the format of a massively multiplayer online game. Players can simulate dancing with and against other players by using either the arrow keys in 4-key control or the number pad for 8-key control. Players start off by choosing a male or female avatar and then play the tutorial to learn the controls. They select the game-modes of their choice to learn the game. Similar to Dance Dance Revolution, as the song plays, arrow keys are displayed and if the player depresses them in the correct sequence and within the time allowed, their avatar will then perform the dance moves and earn a grade of Perfect, Great, Cool, Bad, or Miss. At the end of the song, the player's stats are displayed - the number of points earned, the ranking in that dance contest as well as Beats (in-game cash) earned for that song.In-game items either have a Cash or Beat price and although the prices may seem exorbitant, Beats are quickly earned and accumulated.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Audition Online is a fun way to play a dance game on akeyboard. The ability to play it online with and against other players by using avatarsthat are attractive also adds to its appeal. The dance animation graphics are fun to watch when playershit a sequence - i.e. make the right key strokes at the right time.That together the ability to dance to the latest music on the popcharts and play with friends online can make this a compelling game. Another plus is that the basics of Audition Online are simple - press the correct arrow keys in the correct sequence and hit the space bar at the right time, and your avatar will dance.  But it offers great diversity because there are over 20 different game modes which run the gamut from individual practice modes to team synchronization, team against team, playing against the computer, "Simon Says," as well as a Story Mode - which is akin to a quest in other online role playing games. New players can flounder trying to figure out the game modes, but as they all use the same basic key controls, it simply takes a game or two to learn them. Difficulty level is set by beats per minute (BPM) in a song.  The higher number of beats, the faster a player needs to depress keys.

Audition Online works well as a social space not only because of the activity of dance, but because it provides tools that support social networking. Players can create groups called Fams (Families) which are the game equivalent of guilds or clans. Players can pool together their Beats in order to upgrade various aspects of their Fams' looks and create special dance parties for their Fams. An instant messenger in game allows players to chat with others on their buddy list and an active message forum on the Redbana site is also where players interact. Once you log into the game, music is always playing in the background, whether you are shopping and trying on accessories before buying them or getting ready to join a game.  The number of game modes, move combinations, and music updates ensure that this game remains fresh and fun. 

Online interaction: Chat is open and although a profanity filter is in place, the quality of the interaction can vary considerably.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss the messages in today's top hits. Have you listened to the lyrics? What do you think the singer is trying to say?

  • Families can also discuss the concept of Internet Safety and Behavior. How do you know that that is really a buddy of a buddy? If you don't behave like this on the playground why do you think you should online?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:Free + micro-transaction
Available online?Available online
Developer:Nexon
Release date:April 17, 2009
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
ESRB rating:NR for Not Rated

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Kid, 12 years old October 15, 2011

i wanna act

What other families should know
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Parent Written byVallQwist October 31, 2015

My Thoughts on Audition Online

Well let's start out with the basics. First of all the game is so simple that it will make you have a mental breakdown, just cause your brain won't be able to process everything that is happening on screen! But let's not get so negative just yet cause I have not even gone through all the bad things about this game! Why you or anyone else should not play this game: -The fact that you can't even quit during a song is absurd! -The graphics were outdated a long time ago. -Not noob friendly. -The game is nearly impossible if you were to play on a low-budget keyboard. -the game mechanics are more borken then my jewish nose. -The game is offering more microtransactions than any parent could afford. -The community is full of 40year old men who got to much time on their hands. -Everyone one in the game is either a drunk racist old man or a 16 year old transsexual. -Any kid who play this game will have a near death in the future. -You'll find more bugs here then in your grandpas coffin. -There is no settings options. -The game crashes for 80% of all players (on steam). -The menu looks like something a 14 year old kid with down syndrome would come up with. -The gms are a bunch of silverware stealing jews! The good things about the game: -The concept it good... -If you ever need to torture someone, this is the way to go! So in conclusion this game was never made to be public! But then again this game is alot like letting your 6 year old child go away with a overweight stranger who is secretly a sociopath. Why are they similar? You may ask! Well your kid will end up scarred and with no connections with the outside world whatsoever for the rest of their life either way.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns