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RuneScape Exposed-Part 1: An Education Kids Don't Need

Jagex's RuneScape doesn't have enticing graphics but the game has still attracted 9 million players.

Jagex’s RuneScape doesn’t have enticing graphics but the game has still attracted 9 million players.

RuneScape has many of the same online gameplay elements that other MMORPG titles do, but the game is free and aimed at youngsters.

RuneScape has many of the same online gameplay elements that other MMORPG titles do, but the game is free and aimed at youngsters.

Quests, combat, skill-building and wealth accruement are all part of RuneScape.

Quests, combat, skill-building and wealth accruement are all part of RuneScape.

The right-hand side of the player's screen features the items and wealth a character obtains during gameplay. Many RuneScape players resort to cheating in order to build up their riches.

The right-hand side of the player’s screen features the items and wealth a character obtains during gameplay. Many RuneScape players resort to cheating in order to build up their riches.

Stealing is also a crucial task in RuneScape (see top left-hand corner).

Stealing is also a crucial task in RuneScape (see top left-hand corner).

RuneScape's combat and graphics are primitive compared to other games, but the game can be somewhat violent and some feel it's inappropriate at times for younger players.

RuneScape’s combat and graphics are primitive compared to other games, but the game can be somewhat violent and some feel it’s inappropriate at times for younger players.

It may not have the name recognition of World of WarCraft but some people feel RuneScape can be just as addictive.

It may not have the name recognition of World of WarCraft but some people feel RuneScape can be just as addictive.

While a basic subscription for RuneScape is free, approximately 850,000 pay about $5 a month for additional content and enhanced skills

While a basic subscription for RuneScape is free, approximately 850,000 pay about $5 a month for additional content and enhanced skills

RuneScape has play-versus-player environements such as "The Wilderness" where many players battle one another for precious items and wealth.

RuneScape has play-versus-player environements such as "The Wilderness" where many players battle one another for precious items and wealth.

RuneScape players can turn off their public chat (see lower left-hand corner) if the communication becomes abusive, but objectionable language can still find it's way into the game itself as well as the player's forums.

RuneScape players can turn off their public chat (see lower left-hand corner) if the communication becomes abusive, but objectionable language can still find it’s way into the game itself as well as the player’s forums.