AT&T Inc. apparently has filed a patent on a system designed to prevent "illegal and criminal activities" on gaming networks by stopping what they describe as "predatory users" from being able to come into contact with others who are considered minors, according to IPWatchdog. In a feature looking at AT&T's patent portfolio, the publication noted that this same patent application also mentions a system for adjusting a game environment to match a user's local terrain based on their "local user information."
"Adaptation of Gaming Applications to Participants" (U.S. Patent Application No. 20130263005) is described briefly in the filing as "methods, systems, and products adapt gaming applications to participants. Should one of the participants be a minor, for example, the gaming application may adapt to scenarios that are appropriate for minors. Similarly, the gaming application may adapt to customs associated with a country of a participant."
You can check out the full patent description here, but the gist of it is that the system would detect when a user is a minor and would then stop a "predator" from interacting with that user. It would use a variety of checks including the information from the user's profile including his or her age, location, profile data, financial information, and more.
Mostly the patent talks about identifying a minor using a gaming application and then identifying if another user is a "predator." If the system determines that a participant is a predator, it would disable the communication.
Another section of the patent filing deals with the idea of adjusting a user's terrain in a gaming environment using their local terrain data. We assume this would be retrieved by looking at the user's location data or GPS details..