Wasnt sure where to post this but i wondered what you guys thought.
I guess im getting a little sick of gaming coming under attack from various public figures and pressure groups. YET when in a large game store recently i see a mother telling her 11 and 9 year old children (at a guess) that the Xbox was cheaper in the other shop and it had Gears of War 2 and Halo 3 with it. Now, whilst i didnt see her buying said items and it could have been for their dad, its not much of a leap of the imagination that she was actually buying this for them. In any case, this isnt the first time ive seen people getting games for their children that were 15 or 18 rated. Obviously the staff arnt at fault as they are selling to an adult (or so they think) and it isnt my place to tell people what to do with their children (plus i like my teeth) so i dont say anything.
Every few months the gaming damaging kids minds debate starts up and all the above jump on the bandwagon saying how morally corrupt games are these days. Im fed up really, i advocate personal responsibility for anyone, parents included, yet why is this acceptable to ignore game ratings for obviously 18 rated games, that definetly are not for children, and allow these debates.
Is this because people over a certain age think games are a harmless distraction for children and the rating is just a thing to ignore? Given that apprently 74% of parents are concerned about videogame violence, should there be some sort of education of older groups that 18 means 18 on a game box?
What do you guys reckon?
In theory it is simple, GTA IV is 18 rated, only 18 year olds or older buy/play it and all this sillines about it being harmful for kids is a moot point. That or you let your kids play it and if they start playing Russian pimp on the street, you have to accept the consequnces as it was your choice. Surely?
Before you comment you should know i dont believe in the link between computer game and real violence and im no prude about 18 rated game (love all games!)
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