Just several days ago, a news broke out that a group of people called “Concerned Parents and Citizens Association” launched a nationwide signature campaign to ban the popular strategy game “Clash of Clans” in the Philippines . Naturally, Clash of Clans players showed their disappointment and rage over the internet, the article gathered more than 100,000 shares of both supporters and disappointed netizens.
Thousands of players expressed their disgust with this news, most of them agreed that the campaign is a shallow issue and that there are far more important things to protest in the Philippines such as the ever rampant corruption of government officials. Most of them shared it with curses while some gave their reasonable explanation on why they shouldn’t ban it.
One CoC player said that maybe these parents are just really bad in terms of parenting, some even criticized the Pastor’s statement saying it’s just an excuse. One angry player even said this in his status update.
While the players are completely against this campaign, there are still thousands of concerned citizens who supports it. Most of them are parents with a son or daughter who’s already addicted to this game (and maybe some are pissed off when they ask for their credit card to buy gems). To further increase the scope of the movement, they created a facebook group named “Parents against Clash of Clans PH”, and they already have a whooping 154,000 members as of writing this article. But some parents may have crossed the line by limiting the freedom of their children, such as the screenshot below where a parent disconnected the internet so as to prevent his son from playing the game.
For those who are not aware, Internet Access is now a basic human rights according to the United Nations, which means it’s as important as food and water now.
According to Mr. Bao Loon, a Malaysia-based IT Expert, the gameplay of Clash of Clans has several benefits and downsides. The strategic nature of this game and the “Clan” features promotes intensive cooperation among players, but the existence and power of gems in the game might force children to spend too much money just to win. He also noted that smartphones will be used almost everytime just to raid, train and upgrade which means the battery life of your smartphones will be weaker as you play this game, unless of course you have an amazing battery.
On the other hand, Dr. Cabrera is disappointed that he received hundreds of clan invitations but most of them are not worthy to join for. He said that his account has a Lvl. 10 Town Hall and he’s spending thousands every month to buy gems so he needs a stronger clan to join. For those who are interested, here’s his number: 09175077305
Going back to the topic, Dr. Cabrera said that these parents might be exaggerating this event, it’s normal for someone to be addicted to this kind of games, but for someone to reduce their productivity and social life is already a bit extreme. He said that it’s possible that they are experiencing an event called ‘observer-expectancy effect’ where someone who wants to prove something will try to find evidence even if it doesn’t exist (examples are the constellations or backmasked songs).
A Congressman who doesn’t want his name to be publicized yet is already thinking to support the cause, he says that if the campaign gathered 1 Million signatures then he himself will push a bill that will ban strategy games in the Philippines. The campaign already raised more than 500,000 signatures and counting.
Show your support by using the hashtag #DontBanCoCPH