Joined: 15 May 2006
Location: Washougal, WA
While it's important to be aware that there are "risks" in a relatively unregulated cavern, and RAWA made that point at the opening of MOULa, we do not really want to see specific incidents discussed on the forums: That inevitably leads to speculation and witch hunts, whether or not that is the intent.
Then shut down the cavern. If you're not going to allow people to give others an accurate assessment of the risks of being in game, it is *hideously* irresponsible to keep it running.
I understand Keiya's concern. Still, asking that specific incidents not be discussed does not prevent the discussion and assessment of risks. It is, after all, possible to discuss crime rates, the odds of being a victim, and good safety practices without getting into the specifics of individual crimes.
It *is* important that players understand that Myst Online - much like the real world - is largely an unregulated environment. It is possible that the "Play" page would benefit to have a legal disclaimer about this. As the ESRB says of all the games they've rated with online components, "Game Experience May Change During Online Play."
It is also important that parents whose children play Myst Online should monitor their activities on the computer. This is true for any game, even if it may be slightly "more" true for MOULa than others. I know that parents can feel overwhelmed by all of the responsibilities they have in raising a child, and they sometimes seek relief by asking that others share that responsibility (including the companies that run the games); while it's good for the rest of us to help, that doesn't shift where the real responsibility still rests.
Parents that are uncomfortable with the risks can disallow their children from playing. That is all that is necessary. Shutting down the game would accomplish nothing in the end but annoy the people who enjoy it; there are a million-plus places on the internet that are less safe for children than here, and shutting down this place would just mean an unsupervised child would move on to something potentially worse.