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"Do you think the video game industry should crack down on age ratings?" explains my question pretty well, do you think that stores and other services should crack down on age ratings so young children aren't playing GTA and other adult games?

Don't get me wrong i think the whole "video games cause violence" is stupid in most cases but that doesn't mean young children should be playing games where you can hire hookers and other very adult activities. (Although i think it's fine for young teens to play them because they would understand them a little better and i played 18 rated games when i was around 12+ and they never did me any harm)

I also find a sever lack of good family/children games on the market these days, stuff like Spyro the dragon, Crash bandicoot, banjo kazooie etc has died now the market is purely games for teens these days, there is no diversity and it's made gaming all the more grey and stale. Gaming should be for everyone, but these days it's becoming more and more of an 'adult' hobby, and this is just speculation but if it continues i can see everyone except a certain age bracket being alienated from gaming because no one is properly catering to peoples specific needs.

Obviously this partly comes down to parents, but a kid as young as 7 these days could go get a steam account with a gift card and buy GTA V by easily lying about their age without a parent even knowing.
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Then parents need to up their game, IMO. (Saying this as a parent.) The ESRB (in the U.S.; I cannot speak for other countries) is doing what it can to rate the games as they happen, and it started doing so before the government had a chance to clamp down and force it. The people buying the games (i.e. parents, at least where small children are concerned) are the ones who have to read and interpret those ratings.
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I think you should have adult games and some kind of ID to treat games like other things adults buy.
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Or the parents could just do their job and make sure there kids are not doing things they are not supposed to.
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I am of the opinion that it is the parents responsibility to monitor video game purchases and online activities of their young ones. The current ratings systems are fine and do the job of informing parents of the content of the video game and it is the parents job to decide if that is what is right for their family.
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That's what parents and guardians are for.
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i think even if they did creak down on it they would still be playing it either older family ember would buy it for em or hey would borrow it from a friend or they would find some other way to get there hands on it do and besides i dont think its the stores job to creak down on who they sell there product to its the kids guardians/parents job to do that at least it should be anyways
Posted 3/31/15
I'm with everyone else on this. A kid can easily get a steam account and gift cards and stuff if the parents are clueless. More and more responsibility has been taken off of parents over what their kids are exposed to and it's ridiculous. When I was younger I bought a cd that my mom didn't want me to have. You know what happened? She got rid of it. She didn't blame the store she just handled it herself. Some people these days may have kids but they have no idea what it means to actually be a parent.
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AzazelOfNexium wrote:

Or the parents could just do their job and make sure there kids are not doing things they are not supposed to.


This. It should be and ultimately is up to the parents.

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evilotakuneko wrote:


AzazelOfNexium wrote:

Or the parents could just do their job and make sure there kids are not doing things they are not supposed to.


This. It should be and ultimately is up to the parents.



pretty much this.

honestly, when GTA V came out my bf's cousin bought her 10-year old son the game. She didn't realize what the game was about until she saw a hooker on the tv...then she flipped out.
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Pretty much what everyone said, it's the parents' responsibility to monitor what their kids are being exposed to until they feel they're responsible/old/mature enough. I also believe that the idea of "video games cause violence" is a little whack, but young ass kids playing games such as GTA V, COD and whatever violent game will have at least soooome kind of effect on them.
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If you have a young kid playing M rated games and the parent allowed it the parent should sit down with there kid at tell what's right and wroung and that its just a game that no of its real.
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Honestly. They do rate games. And you need to be 18 or older for some games,what more is there to crack down? The parents are the ones who are suppose be teaching them wrong and right. Should we crack down on movies as well? Maybe even books? This is no different then other entertainment.

The goverment does enough on the games the rest are on the parents.
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Parents... DO YOUR JOB!!!
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I wish I could offer more to the arguement, but it's really quite simple. Instead of the parents getting pissed off at the gaming industry for allowing kids to play their 18+ games, they should get off their fucking arse and do some parenting.

Oh, but wait... Parents don't like being told that they're shit at their job, so...
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