I can tell it's a brave new world because last night my son had three different friends (one may have been his cousin) on speakerphone. Juggling the home phone and his cell phone while manipulating call holding, the lot of them argued into the evening about the relative merits of Black Armor and enchanted battle staffs. They cut deals for battle axes, scimitars, and Mithril weapons while navigating a Tolkien-style netherworld of adventure where you can even buy a half jug of wine. I'm still not clear on the advantage of slaying a Runescape cow though.
And then, while he dawdles downstairs this morning........
Jacob! If we have to chase the school bus you're losing an hour of Runescape.
Kind of sounds a little like pop psychobabble, like a time-out instead of a quick swat on the butt or a long walk to the hypothetical woodshed of yore. However, it's currently the best weapon at my disposal, virtual or otherwise. And it keeps him out of the bars.