Kids Explain How They’ll Land a Copy of GTA Next Week
Mature ratings be damned, they won’t be able to stop the dedicated efforts of underage kids across the country from getting Grand Theft Auto IV. What They Play ran an interesting story recently, which had various anonymous teenagers sharing their plans for picking up the hottest release of the year.
Answers were all over the board. The one that most reminded me of my recent youth was one kid who said, “I am mature and my parents know that I know this is just a video game. I know not to follow any of the actions in teh game. They’ll buy it for me.” Perfectly reasonable, and that certainly is the prerogative of his or her parents.
Then we get into the slightly more devious kids, who said things like, “The doorman in our building will buy a stack of them, and then we’ll buy it from him,” or “My mom has 1-click ordering enabled on Amazon, so I’ll use that.” Then, there was what I think is the worst answer, “Since my mom and dad got divorced, it’s pretty easy to convince one of them to buy whatever we want.” Divorce is tough on kids, but taking advantage of it doesn’t sit well with me.
Of course, the answers that say certain stores don’t check age are bound to give Jack Thompson more than enough ammunition to continue his assault on the game, Rockstar, Take-Two, Strauss Zelnick, and his mommy. (Not that he needs any with the nonsense he makes up, like being able to fillet prostitutes in the game.)
But people like Wacky Jacky won’t point to the obvious solution to this problem. Kids are going to get their hands on the game if they want to. But it’s the responsibility of parents to monitor what their kids are watching, reading, or playing. If they keep a watchful eye for something they don’t want their child exposed to, they should be able to take the game away; it’s as simple as that.