Game ratings?

Falsepast Falsepast
Would or do you pay attention to the games your children play and the ratings? For example lets say you have a 14 year old. Would you buy them a rated M game?
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prettynpink prettynpink
I think it requires more research than just the rating. IF it is like an M for violence and it is a Call of Duty or Battlefield game, then it would more than likely be acceptable for that age, whereas Grand Theft Auto or Saints Row with pointless violence and drugs and sex(Which I don't mind myself) is probably not a good idea. Also depends on the kid where if they are able to seperate games from reality, honestly some cant. IS there a particular game you were considering?
funluvinmama funluvinmama
yes I pay attention to the games my kids play.
VioletMoonstone VioletMoonstone
I don't have kids so it doesn't matter to me. But I would suggest looking the game up on youtube and looking at the gameplay! Then you could get more of an idea if it's ok or not. That's what I would do, besides looking at the rating.
K101 K101
Originally posted by Falsepast
Would or do you pay attention to the games your children play and the ratings? For example lets say you have a 14 year old. Would you buy them a rated M game?
Absolutely! Sometimes if I'm just not sure about a game, I'll check it out before I let the kids play it. He usually sticks with E ratings. He doesn't like the overly violent, sexual or extreme language. In some games, we're able to turn the language off which is nice. Thankfully though, our 12 year old isn't going to play a game that's bad like Grand Theft Auto. He got it for Christmas and was playing it before I ever knew a thing about him recieving it and it blew my mind! He played for a little bit and I waited to see if he would try to keep playing it the next few days and he never did. About a month later he asked me to take it to gamestop and trade for "anything without nasty crap!" Ha. Ha. I was so proud of him that my partner and I ended up trading it and buying him some new games he'd been dying for. Doing things like that works out for us and it makes him want to do right. We let some language go and some violence. No F words, no sex and nothing gory.

Oh! That reminds me! I recently saw an advertisment about some online thing where you games are thoroughly checked as well as movies. Try doing a search on that if you want to know the game before purchasing it and it being too bad for your tastes. I wish I could remember the name of the site or whatever, but I'm sure it'd pull up on a search engine. Good luck.
Nazaress Nazaress
I don't have children but I am an avid video game player. Too many parents let their children play violent games because "at least it's not sex and/or drugs" and then they wonder why their kids are aggressive. They blame the video games when it's really their own fault entirely. The games aren't meant for young children. That's why the ratings HAVE ages! If you're not going to listen to the ratings, don't blame anyone but yourself if your kid has problems because of it.

Now, SOME children are more mature and can handle things better but is it really worth risking it? I don't really believe so.
<3BF <3BF
IF you have mature children it really depends on the game and the situation. I am very much a nonviolent person even though I played many videogames growing up. I think the main problem with violent videogames is when parents aren't taking the time to teach moral lessons and proper behavior to children so they are actually learning the values of society through videogames of movies or music or anywhere else which is bound to give them a false impression of reality.
romstomp romstomp
We were able to play mature games, watch R-Rated movies and TV shows when we were in our teens. My parents would always check on us though, and they were good about explaining the differences between fantasy violence and real world consequences. They were also always willing to answer any questions no matter how awkward.
MistressDandelion MistressDandelion
I would, but I would play the game myself first, because sometimes the ratings are exagerated in my opinion (I mean, if there is violence in a investigating/police-s tyle game, it's not unnecessary blood and killing, so it would bother me less). My own parents were way too strict with me, and I felt it made me unprepared for everything and it frustrates me because it kind of ruined my childhood.
SMichelle SMichelle
I don't have kids, but when I buy a game for my 9 year old niece, I do a search on "link".. I love that site!

I do't pay much attention to actual ratings, though.
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