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.

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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 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.]

42 Replies to “Should Clash of Clans be banned in the Philippines?”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    1. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 ..

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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 this.. im sorry about this, but because some of them dont even know or cofused on how to use smartphones or tablets or any andriod technology, so its hard for them to understand what thier kids are thinking, it also makes it harder for them to explain in a way they kids qill really understand them.
    today is different from yesterday.. its hard to say that the way the parents discipline thier kids years ago should be the same as how the new generation of parents do that today.

    1. 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”…

  11. I have an idea … Listen supercell inc. …. Dont ban coc in philippines but i got an idea to less the addiction of many players… Lets just say that we could only play clash of clans every weekends and fridays …. And no playing coc on weeekdays so that many children would not play too much… Thats my idea… I hope supercell could fix this issue…..

    1. Those are parents’ duties so don’t ask game publishers to become your electronic nannies. Kahit naman wala pang clash of clans maraming video games na ang dumaan for decades. Parents are making too much alibi to excuse themselves from doing their responsibilities.

  12. Pls supercell do that to reduce the addiction..its ok to play but not too much pls!!!.. I hope that helps to reduce addiction of 50 million players playing

  13. Instead of wasting their time petitioning on something inevitable, why don’t they do their jobs as parents implementing strict discipline? Every generation have their own distractions so parents should adapt their methods to make their kids avoid addiction. The problem with parents is that they don’t say the words yes, no, right, wrong anymore. They let their kids run them over without making kids aware that the adults are the authority in the house.

  14. I’ve been playing CoC For 1 year now. I’m a teen living in Bohol We shouldn’t ban the game because this game means a lot to all who play this they’ve spents of hard worked cash just to buy gems this game has strengthen the bond of people living in communities and has proven the whole world that we Filipinos don’t give up and are world-class please do not ban the game and all other games 🙁

  15. This is Just Plain Stupid… If their Kids are Addicted to COC… its Cause you parents have spoiled those little kids by giving them every gadget they want, I’ve been Playing it for 8 Months Now, I haven’t spend a Penny on this game and I enjoy the game, Its individuals choice to buy Gems, it’s not that Supercell is pointing a Gun to your head to buy Gems, Don’t Be Retards and stop Blaming Supercell. It’s The Parents who need to get Real…. My God How Stupid Can one Be.

  16. what about banning your children from using/handling gadgets? banning COC but not banning porn sites!? LOL… ban na lang lahat! pag namali ang presedente dahil hindi nasunod ang gusto natin, lahat na lng dinadaan sa tanggalan! konteng kaligayahan ng mga adults ang COC ebaban pa. ban nyo na din kaya ang internet iphone android etc. taz balik tayo sa stone age hahaha.

  17. I’ve been playing COC for awhile now and wala naman siyang negative impact sa akin or sa mga anak ko. Hay naku, instead of wasting time on this just simply try the game!

    Here’s a HACK: Get 50 gems + unlimited playing time for 1 days when you register to GoSurf50 for globe users!!!

    Legit to guys. Kaka-try ko lang. Let me know your username so I could add you.

  18. i’m playing this game for a year and a half na. it’s not addicting. i just open it to kill time and war namin every weekend lang.

  19. No way! It’s not addicting, don’t even spend money just to play the game unlike DOTA AND CROSSFIRE GAMES you must go to net cafe and spend more money, right? So whats the point!?

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