In recent days I received several questions about my nickname showing up in games, such as Among Us. I don’t play this game, so if you see my nickname there, it’s most certainly not me. In general, I’m not that active online, hence that if you come across anyone using my nickname outside of the list of locations and usernames shared below, you can be 100% sure it’s not me, as I will update the list immediately if I become active anywhere else.
Where can you find me?
At this moment, you can find me at the following locations:
- Twitter at username @SnowCalmth (Brave Verified)
- Facebook at username @thecalmth and page @snowcalmth
- Instagram at username @SnowCalmth
- The websites snowcalmth.com (Brave Verified), snowcalmth.ru and thecalmth.com
- YouTube at @SnowCalmth (Brave Verified)
- Empire.Kred at username SnowCalmth [INACTIVE]
- Klear at username SnowCalmth with verified status [INACTIVE]
- Trakt.tv at username SnowCalmth [INACTIVE]
- The game Brawl Stars at identifier 29Q80YPLU
- Steam at username SnowCalmth
I do also have accounts on LyricsTranslate, VK and Vimeo. However, I don’t use any of these accounts anymore, nor have any intention to do so in the future, hence I didn’t name these.
Also, I am willing to verify 3 further accounts for different reasons, which are:
- SnowCalmth on EU-38/EU-41 on the originally Taiwanese game Tales of Wind
- Valdi on EU-38/EU-41 on the originally Taiwanese game Tales of Wind
- @vladdvaldi on Instagram
For clarity about these 3 accounts, it has to be stated that my username of SnowCalmth on the game of Tales of Wind is used by my sons’ godfather, with my permission. And the other 2 accounts are of my son Vladislav, which are also the only locations he is currently active online, with the exception of watching YouTube videos and Discord, with the latter not going to be shared for the obvious reasons.
Statement to Innersloth
There’s no denying that Innersloth’s Among Us is currently a trending game, which makes it extremely worrisome that it lacks any measures to properly protect its community. The fact that nicknames can be used multiple times without any sort of clear identifier added is something which is really unique in today’s gaming community, and that’s not in any sort of way able to be used as a compliment, as that’s something which is undeniably dangerous. Among Us has an E for Everyone (10+) rating on Google’s Play Store, while Apple’s app store maintains a 9 years and older classification, which means that anyone can start to play this game. In such a game, it’s expected for children to be protected, which is not the case. The former PEGI rating of 16+ is more than understandable, not because of the game content, but based on the communication system. As has been confirmed numerous times by now, the communication system on Among Us is abused to trick children towards dangerous acts, especially in regards to sharing personal information. Already since the 90s the dangers surrounding children on the internet are known, and it is also known that it’s not just the responsibility of children and their parents to protect them, it’s also an importance of the platforms they are on – such as Among Us. The fact Innersloth doesn’t seem to care about children’s safety during the time their game is trending is something which is sincerely disturbing. The game already has an account system, as I have been told, so the addition of limiting usernames to 1 time usage shouldn’t be too much to ask. Yes, I can understand that Innersloth wants to earn money, every business does, but requiring an account to use a game is nothing new, nor is the restriction of usernames having a 1 time usage. Innersloth should be able to recognize themselves that for many children it becomes tempting to just share personal details when some great gamer asks them to do so. Like, my son Vladislav loves to watch YouTubers such as H2ODelirious, CaRtOoNz, Daithi De Nogla and Dead Squirrel. And if I hadn’t taught my son the dangers of the internet and someone would steal one of their identities, he might have been tempted to possibly share his personal information, just because he didn’t know better. In the current state of Among Us, that’s not just possible, it’s incredibly easy. And, please, don’t come with the nonsensical argument that children need a parent’s permission to play, nor that parents have the ability to disallow text chat in the game. Everyone knows that you can easily state an incorrect date of birth… (Beside the fact that the 50 cent payment of parents by credit card is not possible in a great majority of the world where credit cards aren’t used standard.) It doesn’t change the fact that Innersloth is responsible for what happens. Even in situations you might win lawfully, it doesn’t change the moral part of this all. I don’t even understand why I need to ask this, but I guess I will need to. So, Innersloth, please think about protecting your community, especially the children and teens playing Among Us, and limit username usage and link them to accounts. And if this is not possible, add an identifier to player’s names in the same way Discord uses to always be able to identify who they are, even when they would change usernames.
Safe Online Gaming
Let me end this with a good reminder to everyone that the warnings about online gaming are not there without a reason. Throughout the years, there have been a huge amount of criminal cases regarding to online gaming. The internet simply isn’t a safe place. And the realization that you shouldn’t bring your real life into the virtual world, nor the virtual world into real life, is something that really needs to become clearer. Please, don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t meet people you have met online at all. There are certainly moments it goes well, as even I have experience with. My son met his girlfriend online, after all. But always take measures to keep yourself and those who you care about safe. Like if you’re a child or teen and want to meet someone in real life, let your parents go with you. Yes, it may seem weird, but you don’t know the person on the other side of the screen is telling the truth until you have seen that person face-to-face, which can also be exactly the moment it is too late… Besides, if you are a child or teen and you meet someone of your own age, the other person should be doing exactly the same, meaning that if he/she rejects, you kind of don’t want to meet that person to begin with, as that’s really fishy.
Also, you will always want to do a reverse image search when someone you meet online shares a photo with you. You can do this easily by going to images.google.com and clicking the camera icon.
Don’t share your personal details online. Your name and location together with an account such as Instagram where you share photos are enough to cause grave danger to you. You often share more than you think.
But more than anything, if you’re a child or teen, trust your parents enough to tell about your personal life and your interactions online. It may seem weird to you, but your parents have been young too, they can understand your feelings and emotions. It may at times seem like they are against you, but that’s because the most important to good parents is to protect their children. It’s better to share and be embarrassed, as the dangers of the internet are real…