Posted on April 24, 2008,

Kids Explain How They’ll Land a Copy of GTA Next Week

gta-iv-box.jpgMature 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.

via Game|Life

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19 Comments on Kids Explain How They’ll Land a Copy of GTA Next Week

Matthew Dickinson

On April 24, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Why wouldn’t anyone want kids playing GTA?

hekynn

On April 24, 2008 at 6:28 pm

bah like the kids will be able to get this game sorry kiddies the store people wont let your parents buy them for ya stupid kids.

MG

On April 24, 2008 at 6:51 pm

@hekynn
Did you even read more then have the post? Or even the source article? Kids have more ways then getting their own parents to get their hands on GTA4…
I am turning 17 2 Sundays from now, but I want the game early so I am getting a friend who is 17 to buy it for me.

iRoderick

On April 24, 2008 at 6:58 pm

Deleted immature comment that completely disproves the following statement – Editor Some kids are mature enough to know that a video game is not like real life.Thats the way i am able to play games Rated Mature

Matthew Dickinson

On April 24, 2008 at 6:59 pm

They should make a kids version of GTA where you play as the cops. It would take place online and you’d try to arrest the adults who are playing the game normally. The swear words can be taken out, the women can have on more clothes, and the music can be replaced by Kidz Bop renditions.

MG

On April 24, 2008 at 7:00 pm

@iRoderick
I’m all for mature minors being able to play GTA games, but your immature statement to hekynn kind of contradicts a mature personality.

MG

On April 24, 2008 at 7:04 pm

@Matthew inson
Try The Simpsons: Road rage? Not a cop but definitely more suitable for children.

Evismang

On April 24, 2008 at 7:12 pm

I have a really easy way to get GTA4…I’m 17. Problem solved for me, imo.

MG

On April 24, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Well your not exactly a kid then, so I guess this article wasn’t talking about you…

Matthew Dickinson

On April 24, 2008 at 8:20 pm

just what IS a kid?

asss

On April 24, 2008 at 8:52 pm

:cool: halo

MG

On April 24, 2008 at 10:22 pm

@Matthew inson
Ok let me rephrase my comment:
@Evismang
Well your not exactly a MINOR then, so I guess this article wasn’t talking about you!

hekynn

On April 24, 2008 at 10:45 pm

kk sorry jeez. my bad.

hekynn

On April 24, 2008 at 10:54 pm

But still this game looks great anyways :D and plus I’m 23 guys lol. gonna pick this game up when i get my ps3 after my new lcd screen for my new kick butt gaming pc arrives this weekend.

Johny

On April 24, 2008 at 11:56 pm

My parents got divorced I took full advantage of their weakness. Made me the man I am today, if someone is dumb enough to open their wallet up to me I take their . Since then, they have learned a lot from me.

John

On April 25, 2008 at 1:30 am

oh yes brings back day’s from my youth i remember i was allowed to play any games when i was around 5 or so now im 21 great they can get the game well some of the more good answers anyway

Coldyron

On April 25, 2008 at 7:41 am

Why would kids want to play tis anyway? They could just get Grand Theft Auto 3 for the same experience.

William

On April 25, 2008 at 11:47 am

Kids playing GTA IV is really a non-issue. If parents allow their children to play it, that’s their problem, not ours. That’s how I see it. A vast majority of people playing GTA will be in their 20s and 30s anyway.

josh

On November 3, 2008 at 4:10 pm

well,im a kid(12)and im aloud to watch adult movies and play adult games ,ofcourse kids can play gta4 ,there is nothing much in it!