Should Clash of Clans be banned in the Philippines?

I’ve been hearing about this petition to ban the popular game Clash of Clans in the Philippines. The petition seems to have been instigated by a troop of parents long frustrated by how it has hijacked the lives of their kids. The thinking there, as I understand, is that if addictive narcotics are banned, then addictive video games should also be banned.

clash_of_clansClash of Clans is an online multiplayer game in which players build a community, train troops, and attack other players to earn gold and elixir, which can then be used to build defenses so as to protect the player against other players attacking them. The game also features a pseudo-single player campaign in which the player must attack a series of progressively more heavily-fortified goblin villages.

The game became an App Store top 5 download between December 2012 and May 2013, and this success has been described as helping to usher in a new era in conjoint gaming on mobile devices. In 2013, Clash of Clans was the third highest game in revenue generated on the App Store and Google Play.

Is the problem the game itself? Or does the real issue have more to do with the way kids are being raised today?

Some insight that would be useful with regard to the above questions can be gleaned in the way the late Steve Jobs — founder of Apple and creator of the iPhone — who almost single-handedly launched the age of the smartphone, reportedly raised his own kids. Nick Bilton writes in his New York Times story on the subject…

[…] nothing shocked me more than something Mr. Jobs said to me in late 2010 after he had finished chewing me out for something I had written about an iPad shortcoming.

“So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves. “They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

Since then, Bilton had spoken to other parents who, ironically, were mostly execs of big technology firms and came up with a revealing general conclusion…

Children under 10 seem to be most susceptible to becoming addicted, so these parents draw the line at not allowing any gadgets during the week. On weekends, there are limits of 30 minutes to two hours on iPad and smartphone use. And 10- to 14-year-olds are allowed to use computers on school nights, but only for homework.

Indeed, the reality is that today’s generation of kids will be growing up surrounded by addictive technology. So the more practical approach to raising them would be to instil the disciplines needed to manage their relationship with these artefacts at an early age.

It seems that parents who now lament the addiction they observe in their older teenaged or even early 20-something young adult kids may be more accounted for by their own shortcomings in the way they raised them.

[NB: Parts of this article were lifted off Wikipedia.org and used in accordance with that site’s Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License consistent with the same license applied by Get Real Post to its content.]

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Gustaf von Creutz
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Same reason why we should ban overbearing parents. If one can’t teach critical independent thinking and a clear rational moral compass, better to be Big Nanny and ban all “destructive” influences.

Kemeo
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They should ban smartphones and give their children 3310s if they care so much about addiction. = =; Parents nowadays, implying banning a game would cure addiction.

Dryst
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You’re right!! it will only worsen it…happened to me, almost ruined my studies…Now 21 and still at college and I don’t intend on repeating the same mistakes again

StriderVM
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You guys do know that “news” is a hoax right?

Gustaf von Creutz
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Much better if this were a hoax rather than true.

normalhuman
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10 years old!? The game said that you should be at least 13 years old to play. Blame the parents. Or might as well have the game banned for younger players.

Sea Bee
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Video games? I thought clash of clans was about political dynasties in the Philippines. Marcos clan vs. Aquino clan….Lopez clan vs. Ayala clan, etc.

OnesimusUnbound
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Nice analogy.

The Pilipinos, then, are simply cannon fodders in this “clash of clans”

Kenneth Auman
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Even if the game state its above 13 years old, age dont matter anyways .. it is just pure lack of parenthood matters .. too many things to discuss about how they get into the problem of that addiction to there children.. its just a simple misguidance of the parent ..

tang nadis
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its the parent fault to give their children amart phones and wifi. Dont blame the game blame yourself.

lolboy1231
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Its should “NOT BE BANNED IN THE PHILIPPINES”

Parents Must do

– Turn OFF the NETWORK
– GET the Gadgets from the children

Its just a simple PROBLEM

lolboy1231
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BLAME THE PARENTS

Neonridex
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Unahin muna ang pagtugon corruption kesa dyan… kapag na ban ba ang laro uunlad ba ang Pilipinas… mas lalong magkakagulo ang mga addict dyan. Normal lang naman na maadik sa laro (Sabi ng psychologist) #DontBanCoCPH UNAHIN ANG PAGTUGON CORRUPTION KESA SA KUNG ANO ANONG WALANG KWENTANG BATAS!!!

Neonridex
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Watch KMJS (Kapuso mo Jessica Soho) this night in GMA 7 to know if it is really true or hoax.

Neonridex
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Last na to. Yung picture na may tarpulin na may “Campaign Against Clash of Clans” Ay edited… Basahin nyo tong article na to. http://www.socialtrendsph.com/2014/11/banning-clash-of-clans-hoax.html AT tsaka yung mga nagsusulat ay mga Indiano… sana HOAX nga..

Renegade
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you should atleast learn to discipline you children with regards in gaming dont be stupid and blame the game. such stupidity

Jason
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I understand the parents who just want to protect their children, but they must be reminded that it is on their way how to protect their children from being addicted to any games. Supercell has an age bracket allowed to play their game I think 13 up. So it is up to the parents if they allow their children to access these games or not.
Just my opinion.

Co-leader
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Why ban clash of clans? There are other online games that should get more attention because of being a bad influence to our generation.

Tom
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Its Because parents dont care about their children. Theyve just let them play they do not discipline them. Its just easy solution in that easy problem!

cough
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just like anything we’ve just getting to know, technology is a real big deal to learn. even if the human race takes the age of computers.. still we got a lot to learn, and a lot of problems to face. and this issue is just an inch of those problems. banning the game is just like dodging the problem, and we’ll just find ourselves looping and looping onto this problem. at this early point of this issue, on my opinion, we should focus on the way the parents disipline thier kids.. maybe it looks hard for the parents to solve… Read more »
Hyden Toro989
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Computer Technology can be addictive; especially the Computer Games.

It is good , if they use Computers for ac

Toro Hyden24
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continued…

It is good, if they use Computers to acquire knowledge and information. Games do not contribute anything to them; except :their high in playing to win…it is like “shabu”…

alexisms
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Hoy, mga tanga. Satirical news site ang nag-post ng balitang ‘yon. Ibig sabihin HINDI TOTOO na ibaban nila ang Clash of Clans. Jeez. It’s funny how this site has an article called “Why Filipinos Fail to Detect Satire” (http://getrealphilippines.com/blog/2014/03/satire/), yet here you are going gaga over news that is so obviously fake.

lolo mo
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plss banned the game clash of clans its making my friend addict