A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
The community is friendly and helpful. You can give people props to increase their respectability. You can also dis people, but that's usually reserved for users who aren't playing nice. There are some rude phrases like, "[Name] challenged you to a battle because you're ugly."
Violence & Scariness
Battles are mild and cartoon-like.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No sexy avatars.
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Nothing stronger than "WTF" and "pimp" (as in "pimped out").
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Products & Purchases
Banner ads. Users can buy things with virtual currency and place wagers on battles.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sophisticated social gaming site allows users 13 and up to chat and post in forums. There's no language filter, but the site's administrators and community members are very committed to keeping things family friendly. (Both adults and teens participate.) We didn't come across any strong language, sexual content, or hating. Although there are "assaults" and "battles," they're of the Dungeons and Dragons variety -- they don't actually depict violence. The site is very complex, and some teens may get frustrated trying to figure out what to do. There's some rudeness and scatological humor.
Is It Any Good?
Urbaniacs.com has all the typical features of a virtual world, like games, chatting, and shopping. But it also has a complex -- and friendly -- community with a rich back story. Plus, there are creative touches like a virtual savings account, a citywide lottery, and a studio for mixing your own four-track superhero theme song. (You can put it on your UrboPod and embed it on your MySpace profile.) Teens who enjoy the challenge of learning sophisticated social games will feel right at home in Urbanville. Yes, there are games about farts and wedgies, but even superheroes can't be serious all the time.
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