I think having Episode being 15+ is a good idea. And, I really like the idea of age restrictions on specific stories. Some people have mentioned it might not work, but the thing is, there are probably loads of kids under 13 playing Episode right now. We can’t keep them from doing that, but we can give that 13+ warning. It’s just like video games that are rated M or apps that are 17+. Technically, all someone has to do is say that they’re old enough to play and they can (this is unfortunate but true). If we put a 15+ rating on Episode, we can write with less constraints. So, even if someone a few years younger that 15 plays Episode, Episode won’t be liable for any inappropriate themes, because they weren’t supposed to be on Episode anyway.
However, if we still want to keep our full audience, then just having age restrictions on specific stories is a good solution. Just as I said earlier, we may still get some younger people, but we will have written with guidelines for the intended age, so it’s not our, or Episode’s fault. Seriously, I guarantee that there are a lot of kids playing Episode who are under 13.
Personally, I think the content guidelines are a little too strict right now. We’re not all writing for 13 year olds. And, I feel like the theme/language warning at the beginning of stories does nothing at all. People can still report stories, and, in review, they’re pretty much treated the same way as a story would be if it didn’t have the warnings. There needs to be some way to write with slightly more mature themes.