I have been thinking to myself lately about age restrictions on games and how much they pissed me off in different ways.
When I was about 10 (roughly 7 years ago) I was unable to walk into a shop and buy a game rated 18. Even then my parents and my friends parents were very strict on this. thus playing games like GTA was a 'hidden pleasure'. This used to really bug me.
Now however it drives me crazy how so many 'under age'(if you like) kids are able to buy and play these games with no real obstacles. Okay if their parents say it's alright fair play but how are they allowed on xbox live etc? It's obvious they create fake email accounts to play these games yet they are left alone by the gaming companies.
Take Halo for example-there are hundreds of 9 year olds playing it, you hear it on mike, you know them, they send you messages and some of the worlds best players are actually under the age of 15!!!
My point is why are these kids allowed to play these games to the knowledge of the gaming companies? Surely it's illegal or something and even then:
IT'S REALLY FUCKING ANNOYING!!!!!!
Why? Because they want to make their fucking money off the little bastards. As long as they have their money, they really don't give a shit.
Ryojin;5352135Why? Because they want to make their fucking money off the little bastards. As long as they have their money, they really don't give a shit.
[COLOR=Black]Difficult to police such things economically. And why should they care? Their job is to make games, not to replace the kid's parents.
Part of problem is probably that most adults haven't spent a whole lot of time thinking how they can explain to kids why playing violent games is not good for them. I've had people tell me (many many years ago) that shooting at targets in a helicopter simulation is the same as actually killing people. Even as a child you understand that there is something wrong about such a statement.[/COLOR]
MrFancypants;5352154And why should they care?
Why? Well... They put the rules in place, they should care enough to enforce them.
I do agree that it's mostly the parent's responsibility, but the companies that offer age-restricted services have responsibility to make sure that their age restriction isn't ignored.
Take this place for example. There's an age restriction on it. You guys don't leave it up to the parents to make sure that no underage people are here. If you find them, you ban them. Other places shouldn't be any different.
So your parents didn't spoil you and were involved in your life.
Actually, no, it's not illegal. Just like movies and smoking, video games are legally advertised to impressionable children. And of course, it's fairly easy for a kid to gain access to these things.
Capitalism's a bitch, ain't it?
MSRP and ESRB ratings are purely suggestions. As far as I'm aware they carry no legal weight, it's just that under social pressure most retailers have decided to actually respect them when it comes to sales.
As for the rest... well... why should they care? They make their money, the kids have their fun. And it really does appear to be a minority of people who are "big" enough to behave in-game, but not "big" enough to take the immaturity of some players with a grain of salt.
It's never bothered me for example. I mean hell, ill be damned if I let a cocky nine year old mess up my day. Cocky nine year olds are a dime a dozen, the potatoes I had for dinner are worth more than that.
If you don't find anything wrong with high-pitch-voiced little kiddies screaming pure obscenities at you nonstop when you are just trying to enjoy a game, then that's good for you. Most people happen to dislike that, though.
gravy666;5352219So your parents didn't spoil you and were involved in your life.
That actually has no bearing on this discussion whatsoever. In my case, that isn't even correct.
Staff can't sell games to you if you're younger then the age says, they can get fired for it. But anyone else above age can buy it for you. Also, I don't play Halo or MW2 so I don't know any 8 year olds who play games.:rofl:
Schofield;5352256I don't play Halo or MW2 so I don't know any 8 year olds who play games.:rofl:
Yeah. Kiddies are all over Halo 3 and MW2.
If you go to games stores they are suppose to ask how old you are and not sell the game to you if you refuse to tell them or are younger than the minimum age requirements. Too bad their momsy or dadsy will buy it for them anyways, despite the rating M 17+ on the lower left hand corner of the package, followed buy intense violence, gore, language and all of the things that you wont let your kids watch on TV....but remember its a game right? :lulz: That baffles me. Not to mention what it does to their brain when they are so early in development...there is a reason it says 17+ you know. Its not like they just decided that since the game has peoples arms being blown off that it should be an M rated game. There has been extensive research that shows the effect of violent video games on children under the posted age limit. Too bad the parents are too freaking oblivious to realize this.
Schofield;5352256 Also, I don't play Halo or MW2 so I don't know any 8 year olds who play games.:rofl:
Funny thing is... I don't play those either, but I know plenty...