Game Review – Castlot

I’d like to start with this fun tidbit, of which I have only a partial screen capture.

Castlot is a game that appeared on Armor Games recently, so I ended up giving it a try. Sounds like it might be the mind-numbing repetitive sort of game I like.

And then, on my third day, today, I was muted.

Here’s a log of why:

<World>[Fullmetal]: how the hell do you do the goblin
<World>[GM1]: First warning Fullmetal :foul language will not be tolerated
<World>[Myrkr]: ** H E double hockey sticks is foul language?
<World>[Myrkr]: So this is a game for Christians, then?
<World>[Fullmetal]: for real i wasnt using it toward any one
<World>[LordHades]: um i dont think thats foul language…
<World>[GM1]: and to answer your question go to world “button” and find a city to place goblins
<World>[LordHades]: is it now?
<World>[benbright]: Silverlancer lague is now open!
<World>[GM1]: You have your warning 🙂
<World>[Myrkr]: Ehh… so disappointing that a game would align itself to a faith…
<World>[Alkimax]: Hero [Alkimax]
<World>[Alkimax]: Hero [Alkimax]
<World>[Myrkr]: I better post on the ArmorGames board that the game is a Christian game, then…
<World>[Myrkr]: Since apparently we can’t say “hell”.
<World>[Fullmetal]: THE GOBLIN ISNT WORKING
<World>[Myrkr]: Is that correct, GM1?
<World>[GM1]: Maybe they are under beginners portection Fullmetal
<World>[UnusedName]: why do you hate Christians? some of them are good people
<World>[GM1]: and Myrkr it is to respect the children who play these games
<World>[Myrkr]: No problem with them, but if the game is a Christian game, then no thanks…
<World>[Myrkr]: GM1, there are children of other faiths who may play this game.
<System>GM GM1 has muted you. You can’t chat anymore. Reason: Making slang marks against religions Mute Timer: 00 Hours 30 Minutes 00 Seconds
<World>[DevasTaTor]: yup is a christian game
<World>[Spark]: so^? mykyr
<World>[Fullmetal]: how do i get my main guy back home
<World>[WakkaWakka]: i can safely say that if you think that reading the word hell is going to cause harm to a child .
<World>[WakkaWakka]: you should probably not be reproducing
<World>[GiveMeShades]: hey
<World>[GM1]: you can click on “army” tab and click “siezed cities” button
<World>[GM1]: and it recalls troops
<World>[Spark]: the word hell is used by many religions to put fear into a child …
<World>[WakkaWakka]: no its not…
<World>[DevasTaTor]: 0_o
<World>[Fullmetal]: i guess people would like to have jersey shore on tv thin say that word lol
<World>[Spark]: well i went to three seperate catholic schools
<World>[WakkaWakka]: the stories themselves are used to instill fear
<World>[Spark]: and the worst thing thas supposed to happen to you is to go to helll
<World>[WakkaWakka]: first off, it is a
<World>[WakkaWakka]: word
<World>[Spark]: and words have meanings…
<World>[DevasTaTor]: 2 much bla bla in chat
<World>[WakkaWakka]: second, the more troubling thing is probably the need to threaten children
<World>[GM1]: ^^

I was informed to check the guidelines and policies for the game.

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Of which I can find precisely 0. I looked into ArmorGames’s Terms and Conditions along with ClapAlong’s Terms of Use. Upon request, GM1 also sent me to Kabam’s Terms of Service and ArmorGames’. I requested of the GM, GM1, to inform me which part of the Terms and Conditions I had violated.

Starting with the basis statement on ArmorGames’s Terms and Conditions…

This Site is offered and made available only to users thirteen (13) years of age or older. If you are not yet 13 years old or the required greater age for certain features, please discontinue using the Site immediately, or if for any reason, you do not agree with all of the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement, please discontinue using the Site immediately because by using or attempting to use the Site, you certify that you are at least 13 years of age (or other required greater age for certain features, where applicable) and meet any other eligibility requirements of the Site. ** If you are found to be underage, your account may be terminated without notice, but your account can be reinstated when you turn 13 by having your parents send us proof of your birthdate via our Contact page.

The above seems to imply that the “children” comment is irrelevant. Next.

5. RULES OF CONDUCT

a.) Your use of the Site is subject to all applicable local, state, national laws and regulations and, in some cases, international treaties. You are solely responsible for all activities, acts and omissions that occur in, from, through or under your user name or password. You shall not use, allow, or enable others to use the Site, or knowingly condone use of this Site by others, in any manner that is, attempts to, or is likely to:

• be libelous, defamatory, indecent, vulgar or obscene, pornographic, sexually explicit or sexually suggestive, racially, culturally, or ethnically offensive, harmful, harassing, intimidating, threatening, hateful, objectionable, discriminatory, or abusive, or which may or may not appear to impersonate anyone else;

Perhaps this is the part that the issue stemmed from. However, if this is the issue, then shouldn’t all usernames that utilize any of the names of one of the Gods be removed if a Pagan were to feel it objectionable or discriminatory? I don’t mind playing games with Christians or games made by Christians, but to find out a game is going to have a gag on the text allowed entered into chat based off of Christian ideologies would have been nice before hand. Like a big warning banner on the topic or something. I attempted a conversations with GM1, but they ended up going silent.

<Private>[GM1] secretly tells you:as long as players respect the terms of service there will not be an issue of being muted 🙂
<Private>You say to [GM1]I would not mind being told exactly how it was I violated the terms of service so the mistake
<Private>[GM1] secretly tells you:\in addition: not abusing the spam button in world chat will also result in to being muted
<Private>You say to [GM1]will never be repeated. 🙂
<Private>[GM1] secretly tells you:not being muted*
<Private>You say to [GM1]As the matter which you muted me for, making slang marks against religion, seems a confusing.
<Private>[GM1] secretly tells you:ahh ok, let me check
<Private>You say to [GM1]I had expressed disappointment that the game was following a faith-centric policy, not that
<Private>You say to [GM1]I had issue with religions (specifically Christianity is the one I named).
<Private>[GM1] secretly tells you:I am reading ..one moment
<Private>You say to [GM1]K
<Private>[GM1] secretly tells you:racially, culturally, or ethnically offensive, (first line of rules of conducr)
<Private>You say to [GM1]Ah. So my stating that I wouldn’t want to play a Christian game is… which of these?
<Private>You say to [GM1]For clarification purposes, please.
<Private>You say to [GM1]I’d also like to add that by that same ruling, names based off of any of the deities I believe
<Private>You say to [GM1]in should likely be removed as well; so Apollo should be forced to change their name by similar
<Private>You say to [GM1]concern and logic.
<Private>You say to [GM1]As should Yggdrasil, Lilith, and Artemis.
<Private>You say to [GM1]And as I find it offensive to my Pagan faith, you would have to respect that as a GM
<Private>You say to [GM1]And institute the laws of the Terms of Service’s rules of conduct similarly.
<Private>You say to [GM1]Correct?

The GM, GM1, had opted to no longer respond to me at this point.

Does this seem like a big fuss over nothing? Probably. But you know, I hadn’t insulted any religion. People seemed to automatically assume that. I have no problem with Christians or Christianity, but if the game is going to mute people for using Christian-mythological place names, then I feel that that is a shame, that the game is so centered around a faith that you could be silenced for extended periods of time for using a word like “Hell.” I would not want to play a Christian-focused game, because for me, as a Pagan, it doesn’t seem like it’d be fun. I wouldn’t want to play a Pagan-centric game either, to be honest. And on the flip side, I don’t know many Christians who would want to play a game that upon saying something someone from another faith (Islam, perhaps, if you must use a faith? Or even Paganism?) finds offensive they would get muted. If my further suggesting that, upon being told that it’s to shelter children, that we should shelter children of all faiths, is what got me muted, then I feel even worse about this game.

As my muted period has ended since starting to write this post, I’m going back to play the game because while the GMs seem a little unsure when it comes to instituting rules and the ramifications thereof, the people actually playing the game are pretty awesome. Well. It’s pretty awesome if you’re into a game where you collect heroes, cards, units, have to raise up buildings, advance their technology and construction, advance your units… if you like Evony you’ll likely like this game. If you thought Evony was a little too strange for you but you’d want to give a similar game a shot, try this one.

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