In my gaming career, I’ve been griefed on occasion. From idiots blocking the bank in Everquest, to TK’ers and worse in World of Tanks, I get annoyed but I’m good at handling them. Not so my son.
This ridiculous game Roblox that he really enjoys allows you to create your own world, with the possibility of opening it up to other players. While it’s meant for kids, who knows who is really playing it – I got into the world and found it utterly boring, though. It also includes pretty robust 3D world building items with scripting and more. It’s inevitable that with a fair amout of power, somebody is going to be a jerk. And they were.
He enters his little world and starts puttering around, when he’s suddenly confronted with a gray screen and a message something like “BobSmith did this don’t get mad at me or else”. So he can’t play his world. Clearly, the griefer is someone else trying to get my son to report “BobSmith” by denying him access to his game.
Poor kid. 10 years old and a sensitive soul, as I explained this to him he bursts into tears. But he toughened up a bit once I make him realize that’s part of what the griefer wants, is to ruin your game time. Then Dad sat down and tried to figure out if he had enough mojo to fix the problem. It wasn’t hard – it turns out you are given the last 10 (or more) saved versions of your world, and I reverted back before the griefer attack, and he was playing again.
The whole thing made us end up back in Minecraft again. While there are griefers here, they can’t really wreck *your* game, just the server they are playing on, and we explored several worlds with all kinds of creative games including Sky Blocks, which he enjoyed. I’m wondering if I should purchase a Realms server and whitelist our friends to begin building a big co-op Minecraft world, and give my son a better outlet for his creativity.
For me, I was again building a new world, as my Biomass world is getting a bit boring. I turned the monsters back on and went with seed “117″ .