World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Common Sense Media says

New, cute panda-like race packs a punch into violent WoW.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

As with other massively multiplayer games, the foundational message of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is that violence is the only solution to the troubles that plague not only the island of Pandaria, but also the fictional world of Azeroth. But it does also encourage players to work together to accomplish goals.

Positive role models

Players can decide whether to play on the side of the Alliance, the Horde or the somewhat-neutral panda-like creatures of Pandaria in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. While the Horde has a more evil look, how players interact with others and the choices they make during the game will determine if they are good or bad. Ultimately, players on either side have the same general quests that require killing creatures that have not been seen doing anything wrong.

Ease of play

World of Warcraft, as a franchise, has always been easy to jump into a play. This game has an easy learning curve that enables players to grow with their characters, starting with easy quests and few skills to more advanced quests and an increased number of skills as they move deeper into the game.

Violence

In World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, players will use guns, bows, bladed weapons, and even explosive devices to kill fantasy creatures and human-like non-playable characters. In addition, players can engage in player-versus-player combat and kill other players. The violence against NPCs is more graphical, resulting in dismemberment, blood splashing, and even creatures exploding into red chunks.

Sex

The elves in World of Warcraft: MIsts of Pandaria dance in a suggestive manner and some of the dialogue can have sexual innuendo. There is a flirt command that prompts some of the dialogue (such as "Is that a mana wyrm in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?”). Female characters can wear clothing that approximates a bra or bikini top and some players in the community will run about in as little clothing as possible.

Language

The non-playable characters in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria can use colorful language that includes words such as "ass," "bitch," and "bastard."

Consumerism

This is an expansion to the popular World of Warcraft.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Players can drink mead and wine in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, and consuming too much results in impairment of movement and a slight blurriness of the screen -- that is until the effects wear off.

Privacy & safety

Moderate safety concerns: Players can interact with other players during World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, and while there is no in-game voice chat, that does not preclude players from chatting with one another privately in text-driven conversations.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is an expansion to massively multiplayer online game of World of Warcraft. This expansion requires the full game to play and also requires a monthly subscription fee (of around $15 a month) to continue to play. The game is played in an open world with a lot of quests and other humans playing characters to adventure with and interact with. Violence is front and center, with players killing fantasy creatures and human-like non-playable characters in ways that include blood, dismemberment, and exploding body parts. There is some sexy flirting and use of alcohol.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading comprehension

Social Studies

  • the economy
  • exploration

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • decision-making

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Collaboration

  • teamwork
  • cooperation

Responsibility & Ethics

  • learning from consequences

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is a compelling game environment because you are playing with and interacting with other real people.

Learning Approach

Players can learn from the game through making decisions, creating dynamic strategies to solve quests, and working with other players to accomplish goals.

Support

The game starts out easy and get harder as you learn to play in this world.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • reading comprehension

Social Studies

  • the economy
  • exploration

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • decision-making

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Collaboration

  • teamwork
  • cooperation

Responsibility & Ethics

  • learning from consequences

Kids can learn how to play with others in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, including practicing communication and strategy skills to achieve a common goal. The quests set objectives to be accomplished, some as a team while others are for individuals. Players participate in an in-game economy of crafted items. Players of this MMO will practice communication and achieving goals with others, but much of the game involves inflicting violence on others.

This Learning Rating review was written by Michael Lafferty

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

WORLD OF WARCRAFT: MISTS OF PANDARIA introduces a panda-like race and kung-fu into the world of Azeroth. The island that holds the Eastern-style villages of the pandarwns was essentially undiscovered until recently and the threat to the way of life of the gentle folk is at risk. This expansion not only introduces the new territory, a new race and new classes, but also raises the level cap to 90 and offers new group raid dungeons.

Is it any good?

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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is a nice expansion that offers some visually pleasing environments. The pandas look cute and cuddly but can pack a pretty good punch. Blizzard does not release too many expansions for WoW, and this is a decent addition that does not reinvigorate the franchise but does add a bit of newness to a game that is showing its age.

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Game details

Platforms:Windows, Mac
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Blizzard Entertainment
Release date:September 25, 2012
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
ESRB rating:T for Blood and Gore, Crude Humor, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence (Mac, Windows)

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Kid, 12 years old July 27, 2013
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World of Warcraft

Hi, I am a 12 years old girl and I started playing WoW when I was 7. I know you are probably thinking that is way too young but to be honest I don't really see how it's that bad. When I was younger I didn't understand the sexual comments/jokes and I basically ignored them. Then as I got older I understood them but it doesn't really bother me - everything, (TV programs, video games, books etc) has that kind of stuff in anyway. I think the game is great and it is really engaging and passes time so quickly! Before I was 12 I was only allowed to play it on the weekends so I didn't get addicted to it or anything. Now I know not to get hooked on it as I know it will just result in my parents taking away my subscription! The only violence in it is the occasional spurt of blood which doesn't actually really look like blood at all haha! I don't even notice it anyway as it is such a small detail. There is only one occasion where there has been any language and that was on one quest an orc called an undead person a b-tch. That is all though and when I was younger I didn't know what that meant so just ignored it! You can actually get drunk on WoW and it makes the screen fuzzy and you can't walk in a straight line for a while. It's actually quite funny and when I was 8 I remember I was obsessed with getting drunk (this probably sounds really bad) but it was all in good humour!! Sorry this was so long but I hope I helped :)
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 17 years old Written byJarb October 20, 2014
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LEARNING

WoW a great game for kids and adults of all ages

WoW is a very popular game with great gameplay (but the gameplay can be comple near the end game,) In WoW kids would play as heroes in the world of Azeroth interacting with other players to help save Azeroth. Kids would see great role models in WoW encouraging them to help others in the real world.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byAlejandro Diehl February 14, 2014
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LEARNING

The Game to rule them all

I am now 15 and I first started to play world of warcraft when I was 6 (back to the original). There is some stuff that is socially unacceptable in later levels but the starting area has great learning experiences. Thanks to battle.net you can control the play time a child has. There are also options that turns of Chat. Blood is not really shown except from Character specialty attacks, like the warrior, whom makes his opponents bleed. I believe that this game although great is not for every child, so sit down and talk to your child about the game.
What other families should know
Great role models
Easy to play/use

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