The adoption clinic in a virtual Style City includes children called Pax, Maddox and Zahara, after Jolie''s children. These children have the same ages and nationalities as Jolie's, with the three-year-old Maddox, said to be Cambodian and fond of eating cockroaches. The five-year-old Vietnamese Pax is called a fan of noodles, and four-year-old Zahara from Ethiopia is called a guinea pig eater.
Once the adoption fee is paid, players give their new children designer gear and try and sell image rights for them to celeb mags. Players are challenged to outdo rival "minxes" by hoarding more adoptive children. The game developed by north London firm Blighty Arts also allows players take their minxes binge drinking and clubbing as they try to seduce men. Minxes, who succeed in one night stands, have access to virtual condoms and morning after pills.
Gamers can design their own lingerie brands and handbag ranges as they play to create the most stylish minx. There is no age restriction on the game and players running out of virtual cash can top up their accounts by sending text messages costing 1.50pounds each or use PayPal. My Minx was unveiled shortly before Christmas and has already boasts of 20,000 members as young as seven. However, the game has come under fire from parents' groups.
"There are more than enough pressures on children to grow up already. We don't need any more," the Telegraph quoted Andy Hibberd, spokesman for parents'' rights group Parentkind, as saying. Hibberd continued: "Their parents will not have any idea that they are playing this game and the children will fail to appreciate its irony. "Having them getting virtual condoms or morning after pills will not make them any less promiscuous."
Hibberd added: "As regards child adoption, this game encourages them to think that they don''t need to worry about morals or ethics. It is all just a bit of fun. “It is sending out all the wrong messages and the only reason its creators have made it is to make money." But Blighty Arts director Christopher Evans says the game is pure entertainment. He said: "It is nonsense to suggest our game is a bad influence on young children.
"We try to protect children too much from the real world for too long in this day and age. They cannot be wrapped up in cotton wool. "We should let them grow up making their own decisions about the games they play." Evans added: "The game teaches children about the world while poking fun at celebrity adoptions. "Every time they turn on the TV they will see the likes of Madonna adopting African children anyway. "The contraceptives and morning after pills are only one part of the game and we are not encouraging young girls to take them, just reflecting real life."
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