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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this British virtual world contains some sketchy content, including adults-only songs and games that involve hurting animals.
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What's it about?
Visitors to the British virtual world VIZWOZ.COM can cruise around hotspots like Tropical Island, Future City, and Fame World on hoverboards, looking for friends to chat with and games to play. A VIP membership starting at £1 a month (about $1.50) offers some additional perks. Vizcops deal with bullying and other offenses, while the VKrew organizes multiplayer activities. A music/video player with a searchable library lets visitors create their own soundtrack.
Is it any good?
The Vizcops aren't asleep at the wheel: Players who dare tempt fate with salty language or other off-limits conduct are promptly warned. But despite the safe chat experience and general friendliness of its populace, VizWoz veers off course when it comes to some of its content. The single-player games are mostly mediocre knockoffs of classics (guess which one "Tetrise" cribs from?) and some of them are downright bizarre. Who wants to whack cute penguins over the head with a club until they bleed?
As a diversion, some of the games and activities can be entertaining -- and learning some Britishisms has its charm. It's a fun place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there.
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