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Post Reply Do you think the video game industry should crack down on age ratings?
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Parents do your job.

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I think it's more of the parent that should be doing this, the game industry can only do so much. the ESRB is there to inform people about the content but in the end it's up to the parent to enforce the rule.
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Yes. I don't wanna be playing against four year olds online, with their high pitched voices forever in the background.
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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.


Agreed. Changing industry standards and expecting the government to babysit everyone is inefficient. People have to do their part. And parents have this duty toward their kids. It is both a legal and moral duty so there is no excuse.
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If a parent buys a game with a big red 18 on the front of it for their kid its their fault, it seams a lot of parents are still clueless about adult videogames but that's not really a good excuse. Its more tricky when your talking about online like steam where its easy to just lie about your age though.
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kromph wrote:

If a parent buys a game with a big red 18 on the front of it for their kid its their fault, it seams a lot of parents are still clueless about adult videogames but that's not really a good excuse.
and there are many people that would even argue that 12 year olds should be able to play M rated games like call of duty or gto
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The ratings are on the game packages/covers, and games with certain ratings usually cannot be purchased by those underage, just like with movies.

Examples of how easy it is to bypass store and company rules:

Example 1; when I was eleven, I wanted the first Jeepers Creepers movie, which is rated R. I asked my paternity for it. He checked the rating, and mentioned that, should he get it, I should hide it from my mother and stepdad (he knew they wouldn't approve). He then bought it for me.

Example 2; I asked for the Species trilogy when I was about fifteen. Once again, rated R, and for very good reasons. My stepdad bought it and either didn't notice the rating, or underestimated it. I knew it was rated R, and why. I once watched two of the films when I was maybe eight. My stepdad expressed some disapproval when he watched it with me, but decided that I was mature and old enough to keep the movies.
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Heres the opinion from someone who
-was a child and begged for rated T and M games
-Bought them myself, As a wee lad and dealt with sellers and vendors
-An adult who has nephews and nieces asking for violent games,
-a store clerk who deals with kids and parents wanting to buy M games

When I was younger, My parents already dealt with 5 gamers, so When I'd ask conkers bad fur day or Doom or anything, I'd be shut down. why? because my parents knew a child shouldn't be playing those games, not because it would make me violent, but because their was curse words That I, and many kids would pick up and say, (Don't deny it, LOTS of kids pick up swears easily from their games)

-as I've seen from a child, in various parts of canada, and still do now, lots and LOTS of store clerks don't sell games to minors. (rated M anyways) and now, store tils come up with a warning for clerks to ask, before going on with the purchase, yeah their are people who don't care. but their in the minority, and the teens who are working in stores, seem just to bring up the Rated T/M simply to make kids cry (I've done it few times myself)

-Just as my parents before me. Its up to the adults to make sure the games are appropriate, I'm not as strict as my parents were, But I also was a gamer and research into all games, so if the kids ask to buy "Blah blah" tjhats rated M, and I see its to graphic, or anything like that, its a no, but if its like Halo with a few curse words, and randomy crappy blood, I let it pass through.

-as a store clerk that seen parents buying GTA5 for someone who looks 7-9, and I explain its rated M and why, they don'\t care
BUT When I bring up the major torture scene, or In COD the aiport scene, parents are shocked, or the nudity, they simple no longer know the content in these games, their still looking back at the N64 days, with Mario.

Hell, I even explained THE ENTIRE story of trevor from GTA5 to SEVERAL parents, and they still bought it for their not-even-a-teen-yet son, saying "oh his friends all have it NBD"

So, its not up to the gaming industry (btw, who you are talking about is not the gaming industry, but the ESRB, which only reports on the gaming industry, not part of it)

its up to the parents, and its their job to look at the games and content they get their kids, their kids are shown through friends, and shelter or explain to them, how its okay or not okay, and the difference between games and reality
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The industry and stores already do a very good job at that with the ESRB and other equivalents more so than any other industry like movies or music. I can buy an R-Rated movie no questions asked. But if I buy an M-Rated game I have to show ID no matter what. So if kids are getting their hands on GTA or CoD then it's the parents who are responsible.
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Well, the video game industry and parents need to team up about this.
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you can say that 9/10 parents do not fallow it but they still place them because the 1/10 that fallow it, it just like smoke, smoking people gave up smoking for warning labels on the packs? nope, yet time to time someone does it.
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Nowadays in America, parents don't give a shit and just buy whatever for their spoiled children.
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I just think is more if the maturity of the child. If I believe my 9 year old has the maturity I let him play but if believe otherwise I will not let him or her touch the game. Basically I don't put age has decisive factor but maturity first about all else.
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no, it won't solve bad parenting. EVERYTHING about a child stems from the parents. If they raised their kids right, even when they're not around their kids will have a good moral conscience, common sense and logic (something most people lack), and be mature about things.
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Stores that I go to for games always ask for ID when buying rated M games if you look young. I am 19 and every time I go get a rated M game I always have to bust out my ID. So, stores are doing what they can and ultimately it is up to parents to be on top of things. At stores an adult has to buy the game for the kid. I know it is different online as well. However, there isn't much that companies online can do to stop kids from lying about their age. It is like how porn sites have that page on entry that says to confirm you are 18 but that doesn't stop anyone. Ultimately, when it comes to kids playing games that are rated M or T, parents are completely responsible for handling whether or not they want to let them play those games. If the kids are getting the games online, parents need to keep an eye on what their kids are doing on the internet.
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