: I wanted to inform you of a dangerous online kids' game at www.howrse.com. It's the first time we've ever let the children play a game online. They had seen an ad for it in Horse Magazine which I got for our 18 year old who likes horses. They like horses too and thought this game would be like their old CD-ROM Dogz 4 and Catz 4 by Petz. However, we found out the second day it wasn't anything like it at all!
We didn't know why they spelled horse with a "w" but thought maybe the normal spelling was a taken web name or something. Of course, we had to sign in to even see anything of substance on or about the site. The children chose a horse breed and color and name, etc. Then the program said they could make their horse "immortal." This seemed peculiar, but we figured it was just pretend. Then I saw players could earn "karma" points. This was getting even more disturbing. The software company name was "Owlient." I wondered why owls would be associated with a horse game. I wondered if the "ow" in horse wasn't somehow symbolically related to the "ow" in Owlient. There was also a black barn icon labeled "The Black Market." I thought why black? Any barns around here are red.
It wasn't until the next, the second day, one of the children had a problem while checking on their "horse" that I incidentally (or rather, providentially) saw my son had gone to the "Black Market." When I stopped and inspected that page while backing out of his movements on the site, I noted every link was the name of Greek Mythological and heathen gods/goddesses. Names included Hephaestus, Morpheus, Fertility, Aphrodite, Zeus, Medusa, Eolus, Pandora, Pegasus, Atlantes, and a statement that said, "A God that grants your hoses stamina and speed.....". Yes, the G was capitalized. Okay, these are more than big red flags, these are flashing neon lights that this site is evil!
Angie K., Crossroad Ministries Messages 82 Comments
[8/10/2008 5:23:54 PM]
Fundie Index: 15
Submitted By: The Lazy One
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Other religions exist!
8/10/2008 5:31:11 PM
Poor fundie, having trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality? Of course you are, after all you think the bible is reality.
8/10/2008 5:35:04 PM
8/10/2008 5:36:02 PM
A bit more from that site:
"I also discovered the second day that to "breed" the virtual horses required email contact with other players which we would never allow them to do."
WHAAA, SOCIAL CONTACT, ONOES!
"A few minutes later, I discovered the site was from outside the US. The tiny flags at the top of the webpage were French, German, UK, and another, but no US flag. I hadn't seen them before.
I did a quick online search of Owlient company and found it was out of France by two boys."
IT'S FOREIGN!!11111111 OMGWTFBBQ!!!
8/10/2008 5:41:59 PM
Well, Angie K, if you understand why you don't believe in those gods, then you understand why I don't believe in your god.
8/10/2008 5:42:06 PM
It's a good sign that they are disturbed by the existence of religions. Hopefully they will realise that their religion is a religion too.
8/10/2008 5:43:59 PM
I actually googled for a game called "wHorse", guess what came up? :P
8/10/2008 5:44:09 PM
"This seemed peculiar, but we figured it was just pretend."
It is pretend, moron. It's a game.
8/10/2008 5:44:40 PM
Sooo, the reason this game is evil: mythical gods and foreign players
Um, stay away from Diablo. Moo
8/10/2008 5:45:09 PM
O TEH DEMONZZZ!!!!11
8/10/2008 5:46:30 PM
I think LordJiro's reply is fitting. Probably would work for damn near any post from Rapture Ready also...
8/10/2008 5:51:47 PM
I agree that the new Petz games suck ass, but this isn't why.
8/10/2008 5:56:47 PM
Gods that nobody believes in?
8/10/2008 6:02:15 PM
[Hey presto - William S Burroughs 'cutup'!]
I wanted to inform you of a dangerous...18 year old who likes horse... They like horse... too and thought this game would be like... they could make their horse immortal...
...This was getting even more disturbing. The software company name was "Owl"... associated with a horse game...
...there was also a black barn icon labeled "The Black Market." I thought why black? Any barns around here are red...
A God that grants you horse... speed...
Okay, these are more than big red flags, these are flashing neon lights that this... is evil!
8/10/2008 6:03:43 PM
Is there no end to French immorality?
8/10/2008 6:04:51 PM
Odin and his eight legged horse, Sleipnir, is straight out then?
8/10/2008 6:06:42 PM
Dude, ANYTHING that grants my "hose" more stamina and speed . . . I'm for that!
8/10/2008 6:07:57 PM
Yes, the internet is an evil magic portal into a world of sin and evil. You must disconnect it immediately, and spare us all your stupidity.
8/10/2008 6:15:23 PM
I usurped god.
This woman would have a heart attack and die if she ever saw the "orgasm fairy" game...
8/10/2008 6:15:42 PM
FRENCH GUYS WHO KNOW MYTHOLOGY OH GOD OUR UNIVERSE IS DOOMED!
8/10/2008 6:16:04 PM
Shall we look her up and send her children a copy of God of War?
8/10/2008 6:17:37 PM
Allegory for Jesus
With a name like "howrse", and an 18 year old involved, I thought it was going to wind up being a porn site...
8/10/2008 6:21:19 PM
I'm fucking your 18 year old daughter.
8/10/2008 6:32:34 PM
Uh.... how to say this? There may be some other "flashing neon lights" with your 18 year old son... who likes horses... and lets his mum sign him up for horsie websites... that you may want to address :-/
8/10/2008 6:44:45 PM
Howrse is a real game and it's based on raising a virtual horse.
I first heard about it when a mom on a blog I frequent said that other parents on the site freaked out when they found out you could terminate a mare's pregnancy. They parents complained so much that you can't do that anymore, so now the forums are filled with kids who couldn't afford to care for their pregnant mares properly, so they got sick and might die.
This post got the most unfortunate URL of all time, but here's the story:
Yeah... "Howrse forum" got cut off.
8/10/2008 6:57:06 PM
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