Lawyer Issues List of Violent Video Games for Parents to Avoid this Christmas

kym worthyDetroit Prosecutor Kym Worthy has now officially become Gaming Today’s first ever “Idiot of the Day”. This lauded title has nothing to do with her wanting to educate parents on violence in video games, and it has nothing to do with her wanting to protect children from said violence depicted in certain games. Instead, the lovely crown and respected title of “idiot” has more to with her lack of knowledge and research than her wish to keep children safe from blood and bullets in their video games.

You see, dear readers, she has issued her Top Ten list of violent video games for parents to avoid purchasing this holiday season for their wonderful offspring. While this sounds like a fantastic idea – in theory – the list has me wondering what time frame the woman is living in. Check out her list:

1. Grand Theft Auto (last released on consoles 2004; PSP, 2006)
2. Manhunt (2004, what about 2007’s Manhunt 2?)
3. Scarface (2006)
4. 50 Cent Bulletproof (2005 – who the hell even bought this when it was new?)
5. 300 (Feb, 2007)
6. The Godfather (PS3 – March, 2007; other versions, 2006)
7. Killer-7 (2005)
8. Resident Evil 4 (Wii, PC 2007; other versions 2005)
9. God of War (2005; Maybe she meant 2007’s GoW2)
10. Hitman Blood Money (2006)

According to the Detroit News, this is Worthy’s third annual list of games to avoid as the lawyer has stated in the past that she feels that simulated violence leads to a high crime rate. Sure it does (note sarcasm), and living in the second most dangerous city in America has absolutely nothing to do with it does it Kym? While I can applaud her efforts to educate parents on the content of certain games, she should realize that not only are these mature titles, they are old; she should have done a little more research or at the very least fired her paralegal. It honestly looks like she just went to the Toys R Us website and copied their list of PS2 “M” rated titles. With that being said, I am sure we can all come up with games that are much more violent than what is on her list, let alone ones that are more current. BioShock anyone?

Thanks: GamePolitics and Detroit News

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13 Comments on Lawyer Issues List of Violent Video Games for Parents to Avoid this Christmas

Joelteon7

On December 4, 2007 at 12:06 pm

Oh, violent games lately?

Let’s see, Team Fortress 2 is pretty damn gory. You might not think it, but splattering someone to death with its variety of guns only to be shown your scattered body parts later on is what I’d say as being pretty violent.

Halo 3 is a violent game, which has you punch, shoot, drive over and explode people.

Super Mario Galaxy…you stomp on things and squash them to death. You shoot bits of stars at people. Gets my vote!

Idiot of the Day…damn, you DO know you’re going to have to make that a regular feature now, right?

Kirby

On December 4, 2007 at 12:18 pm

Something dumb that didn’t come from Jack Thompson’s mouth….I am shocked

shows how much lawyers know about anything and everything

havoc of smeg

On December 4, 2007 at 12:29 pm

perhaps her and thompson could form a comedy double act, traveling round the world making jackass’s out of themselves.

i know i would happily spend half an hour laughing at them!

Ron Whitaker

On December 4, 2007 at 12:33 pm

This is just an example of what Jack Thompson’s idiocy has wrought. Now every lawyer with an ax to grind, or a nose for publicity, is going to take their best shot at violent video games.

Maybe this attorney should recommend some parenting classes for parents who think these lists mean anything. Perhaps then the parents will realize that it’s up to them what their kids play, and not some random moron with a mail-order law degree.

Shawn Sines

On December 4, 2007 at 12:42 pm

I could make a comment about her list being rather un-”Worthy” but that would be childish and below me.. no wait.. I just did.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

On December 4, 2007 at 1:01 pm

Are all lawyers by default morons or do they take training to become this stupid?

License to ill

On December 4, 2007 at 1:47 pm

I guess being a law school graduate really doesn’t guarantee smarts….

LaChandra

On December 4, 2007 at 1:55 pm

Am I the only who thinks it may be a good idea if the informed gamers make a list of games that wouldn’t be approiate for minors. Rate them starting with the most violent to mild and least.

For example Manhunt 2 is no way appropriate but Halo 3 could be depending on the age and personal preference. If there is one already someone kindly point me there so I can share it with others that I know that aren’t that computer savy(does that have two vs in it).

I also have my 8 yr old convinced that because it says T for Teen she can’t play it at all. I know I’m terrible but I’m on a budget…lol. You should see how upset she gets when it says E 10+. I just tell her when you’re 10 you can play it. I know, I’m a stinker. :P

ashamed-in-motown

On December 4, 2007 at 2:46 pm

Sadly enough she hit the actual cause in her press conference, but failed to notice. It is not the games that are the problem here, but look closer…. the parents not knowing what games are in the house! If more parents would take the time to BE parents instead of dumping game consoles in front of the children as babysitters the majority of these troubles she discusses would be gone. Oh, and as another thought, if these crimes are being committed by 18 and over, how does she expect a parent to take the games away? I thought 18 meant they were allowed to have them… if they are old enough to die in someone else’s war they should be old enough to choose their own games. Her research was weak and inaccurate at best. I was hoping her 15 minutes would have been over after her first list…..

Ron Whitaker

On December 4, 2007 at 4:35 pm

LaChandra, I don’t think that anyone disagrees that such a list is a good idea. Rather, most of us feel (I think) that the ESRB does a pretty decent job of rating games.

As a parent, I realize that those ratings aren’t always true for every child. Some kids can play Halo 3 at 14, and some shouldn’t. That is where the judgment of the parent comes into play.

My basic rule of thumb (outside of playtesting every game I want my kid to try out) is to use the ratings as a guideline, and do a little reading to see if perhaps the game in question is safe for a youngster. You can do a lot worse than preview videos, reviews and screenshots. Luckily, in this day and age we have access to a ton of material to research these types of things before we buy them.

erenst

On August 9, 2008 at 9:26 am

hahaha, gears of war isnt on there!

Tim

On July 29, 2009 at 12:07 am

Ok, i mean you shouldn’t give a 8 year old grand theft auto 3 and up (the 3d ones) because i mean there brain is still changing, i mean they might think this is right thing to do. also, i do not think parents should give kids under 14 GTA china town wars, its not bad like in blood and it doesn’t look as real, but the thing is, you can sell and buy drugs really easily in it, and a kid might think ” hey i can do this too and make lots of money” and theyll start being a drug dealer and get them selfs killed.

dont get me wrong i mean, im a teenager and i think this, you should only give M games to Mature kids, because thats what it stands for. because i mean video games are for kids to have fun and kill time (lol i just made a joke{ i think i did, o well}] not to fill there blood thirst.

i hope ive made a point

Tim

On July 29, 2009 at 12:09 am

o, i forgot to add, i think that judge should shave!!!!