Sunday night our mascot, Harris Foster, jovially posted an image of an inappropriate avatar in COD: Black Ops 2 on Twitter. He also tagged Treyarch in the post. A gentleman (we’ll call him Rich) who apparently just trolls Treyarch’s twitter feed decided to “call out” Harris. I put that in quotes because I really don’t know what his end goal was. He argued that since Harris was under 18 (he’s not) he was somehow violating the rules of the game and therefore shouldn’t be pointing out other peoples’ rule breaking. This bothered me on several points.
- He’s confusing the rules that retailers are bound to with rules that players are bound to.
- An M rating in the US is 17+.
- He was accusing somebody of breaking a rule that didn’t exist while simultaneously defending an actual rule breaker.
- Harris is 18, so all of his arguments are invalid.
He continued to persist that Harris was underage. So, I started to doubt myself. Was Harris actually 17… or worse, 16? I had to investigate.
I know the internet is full of idiots, and we should never engage them. However, sometimes it’s just fun to do.