World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm
WORLD OF WARCRAFT: CATACLYSM is the latest version of the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) for the PC. The game is set in a fantasy realm populated by humans, elves, wizards, orcs, trolls, dwarves and the like. The various races are aligned to one or other of two opposing factions – the Horde or the Alliance. The player assumes the identity of a bespoke character created from scratch and thereafter explores the vast playing environment, interacting with other characters and players and undertaking various quests. This expansion pack, which is intended for high level players, introduces two new races into the game – the Worgen for the Alliance and goblins for the Horde. The object of the game is to increase the level of the player-controlled avatar by successfully completing increasingly more sophisticated and challenging adventures. In reality the game is a giant chat room in which the player can interact with other online players. The game was classified ‘12’ for moderate bloody violence.
The BBFC’s Guidelines at ‘PG’ state that ‘Moderate violence, without detail, may be allowed, if justified by its context (for example, history, comedy or fantasy)’. The violence in the game can be described as moderate in strength. Striking creatures or opponents with daggers or swords produces a very tiny spray of blood that only just tips the game into ‘12’. There is, however, no injury detail and it is impossible to mutilate fallen opponents or to inflict any other form of post-mortem damage before they disappear from the screen. Opponents can from time to time be engulfed in flames if zapped with fireballs but neither burn nor injury detail is discernible. The fight mechanics of the game are actually quite passive. The player merely positions his character in front of an opponent and they take turns in striking one another. Cut scenes included in the bonus material that accompanies the game contain some mild blood spurts that are very comfortably contained at the '12' classification category, where 'moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood, but occasional gory moments may be permitted if justified by context'.
Parents can find additional information about the content of this game if they visit www.pbbfc.co.uk.