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April 23, 2015 / KingsIsle Community

Talk Like Shakespeare Day

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Did thou knowest William Shakespeare would arriveth at the ripe olde age of 451 years old today, April 23, 2015?

Mayhaps in celebration of Talk Like Shakespeare Day, thou may enjoyest this ode to Fishing in the Spiral. Cast a line and catch a Sharkspear today!


All the Spiral’s a Pond

All the Spiral’s a pond,

And all the Wizards merely anglers;

They have their waves and their shores,

And one Wizard in their time catches many Dekois,

Their acts being seven ranks. At first, the Novice,

Casting and missing in the Commons pond.

Then the Neophyte, with few lures

And shining morning face, creeping like a snail

Unwillingly to catch. And then the Apprentice,

Fire lures like furnace, with a woeful ballad

Made to the Be Mine Fish. Then the Initiate,

Full of strange oaths and bearded like the Bearded Trout,

Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in dueling,

Seeking the most badges

Even in the Catfish’s mouth. And then the Intermediate,

In fair round belly of a whopper Codfather,

With eyes severe and suit of formal cut,

Full of wise tips and fishing quests;

And so they fish their best. The sixth age shifts

Into the Journeyman Angler,

With spectacles on nose like the Four-Eyed Grouper;

Their youthful rank, well saved, a Spiral too wide

For the Sun Ray, and its big yellow fins,

Turning again toward childish Todd Poles, pipes

And whistles in the splash. Last rank of all, Adept Angler

That ends this strange eventful past-time,

Of second hobby and energy gear,

Sans Bone Fish, sans Execushiner, sans Frankenfish, sans everything.

sharkspeare

(Parody of the “All the world’s a stage” monologue from As You Like It by William Shakespeare.)

April 22, 2015 / KingsIsle Entertainment

Wizard101 April Fan Art Spotlight

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Our Wizard artists have been hard at work this month crafting beautiful paintings, drawings and other creative endeavors. Each month we like to feature Pirate101 fan art and fan photo submissions through or official social media like Facebook and Pinterest. There are always tons of creative works from dedicated Wizard101 players, and this month is no different!

We had many talented artists submit in the past few months, but here are some of our recent art favorites.

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Want to submit something creative of your very own?  If you are under 13 years of age, ask your parent or guardian for permission to send us your screenshot. If you would like to submit something, send the picture and your character name in an email to community@wizard.com! Please attach no more than three images per email, and please limit total submissions to no more than nine screenshots in a month. Try to only submit your very best images!

April 20, 2015 / KingsIsle Community

Your Guide to How Online Games are Rated

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Online games are a great source of fun and education for the whole family, but as a parent, it can be a struggle to determine which games are appropriate for your kids. Setting boundaries can be tough, especially if you’ve never played the games yourself. To keep parents informed, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB®) system offers guidance about the content in each video or computer game your child plays. Below, each rating and content descriptor is explained:

 

EC = Early Childhood

Games rated EC – Early Childhood are great for kids ages 3 and older. This rating means the game shouldn’t include any content that a parent might deem inappropriate. You can trust that your child won’t encounter suggestive language, violence, or mischief of any kind in EC games.

E = Everyone

Games rated E – Everyone feature content that is more suited for children ages 6 or older. Games in this category may contain some comic mischief, mild language, and/or minimal violence. To give you an idea of what to expect, Wizard101 is considered E – Everyone 10+. If you’re unsure of what your child might see in these games, play first for yourself, then make a judgment call.

ESRB_EsingleT = Teen

Games rated T – Teen target young adults ages 13 and older. Content within these types of games may include mild or strong language, violence, and/or suggestive themes. If you’re uncomfortable with your child hearing insults, seeing fighting, or potentially noticing some interesting adult themes, test the waters with each game or ask other parents if they’ve played. You might be surprised at the games some parents play in their downtime.

M = Mature

Games rated M – Mature should have audiences ages 17 and older. They generally contain mature sexual themes, strong language, and/or significant violence. Expect many instances of weapon use, curse words, and other elements reminiscent of R-rated movies in these types of games.

AO = Adults Only

This title is basically self-explanatory, as games rated AO – Adults Only are only suitable for adults. Games that fall within this category typically incorporate explicit and graphic depictions of sex and violence. AO games are not intended for kids under the age of 18, but luckily very few are ever given this rating.

ESRB_RPRP = Rating Pending

Games rated RP – Rating Pending have been sent to the ESRB and are awaiting their final rating. Because there is no real information available yet, it’s recommended that parents either hold off on making a purchase until the rating is determined or play the game themselves to make an informed decision.

In addition to these ratings, games usually include content descriptors that detail which elements led to their designation of EC, E, T, M, or AO. A few of these include:

  • Animated Blood
  • Comic Mischief
  • Edutainment
  • Fantasy Violence
  • Some Adult Assistance May Be Needed

For a full list of content descriptors and their explanations, head here.

The ESRB does a fantastic job rating the content of computer and video games so that parents can make smart choices for their kids when it comes to gaming. It’s always important to take precaution—whether gaming offline or online—and to set boundaries when possible. This means selecting an age-appropriate rating, using parental controls online, and monitoring gaming habits.