A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Gossip Girl: Social Climbing is a social game played on Facebook based on the Gossip Girl TV show. Players assume the role of a wealthy New York socialite whose primary goals in life are to be "seen" at parties and gather juicy gossip. The game contains plenty of references to drinking, drugs, and sex, making it inappropriate for young teens who are on Facebook. Players can speed up the game by spending real-world cash.
What's it about?
GOSSIP GIRL: SOCIAL CLIMB exposes players to the world of rich young adults in Manhattan's affluent Upper East Side -- or at least the shallow and outrageous world made popular by the TV show on which it's based. The goal is to attend events and earn Party Points and Scandal Points by choosing how to react to the random situations that pop up. The more outrageous your reaction, the more Scandal points you earn -- but too much Scandal and you'll be kicked out of the party. Attending events and completing quests earns players experience points (to move up the social ladder) and cash (to be used to purchase new outfits).
Is it any good?
Gossip Girl: Social Climb lets players be outrageously vindictive, shallow, and nasty but also offers alternative choices that are mellower and sometimes downright helpful. With plenty of references to sexual encounters, drinking, and even drugs, this isn't a game for young kids. For older players who can recognize over-the-top when they see it, Gossip Girl: Social Climb represents a guilty pleasure that could be even better once some of the features listed as Coming Soon (like more special abilities to use during parties, and stronger social elements) are actually implemented by the developers.
Online interaction: Facebook friends who are also playing the game will show up in the player's social circle, along with a random assortment of non-friends whose trophies can be viewed. There's not much you can do with them at this point in the game's development.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about gossip and its potential to be hurtful. Why do people gossip? How would you feel if you found out that someone was gossiping about you?
Families can also talk about relationships. Are all guys potential "hotties" to be flirted with? What qualities can you look for in a boyfriend besides his looks?
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