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#1 Scarlett

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Posted 12 August 2005 - 10:54 PM

Parents tend to ignore warnings on games that say they are unsuitable for children, research shows. By Alfred Hermida Technology editor, BBC News website Last Updated: Friday, 24 June, 2005, 19:54 GMT 20:54 UK A study commissioned by the UK games industry found that parents let children play games for adults, even though they knew they were 18-rated. "Most parents think their child is mature enough so that these games will not influence them," Modulum researcher Jurgen Freund told a games conference.
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Posted 29 August 2005 - 11:11 AM

Sort of makes you wonder why video games get blamed so much every time children go wrong...
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Posted 29 August 2005 - 11:50 AM

Sort of makes you wonder why video games get blamed so much every time children go wrong...

Good point.
It is the responsibility of the parent to do all in thier power, to protect the child. This goes for everyone else, that is a caregiver of a child. Be it friend, family etc.
I find it appaling that there are many caregivers, that do not bother with the supervision and monitoring of children. All caregivers should ensure that any and all material, the child comes in contact with is age appropriate.

So what is the problem? Why don't some caregivers seem to care?

1. Sadly enough, some are completly oblivious to what the child is accessing.

2. Some do not take the time to educate themselves, on what is out there.

3. Some do not take the time to monitor the child's activities. As they are much to self involved. Again very sad.

4. Some believe that a child accessing content, that is actualy not suitable. Is no big deal. They shrug thier shoulders, and say, they are going to learn about it all sooner or later. So why do anything.
(This is the worst case scenario) IMHO

All of the above does not just apply to video games. But to the internet, movies and T.V.
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Posted 29 August 2005 - 11:40 PM

I agree Scarlett. Concerning the Internet, some parents don't know how to use a computer while the kiddies are off doing Gad knows what on the 'net. Hey if I can learn so can others. lol

Edited by Pandy, 29 August 2005 - 11:41 PM.

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 07:59 AM

I agree with you completely, and right now, I don't think there could be any greater example of computer gaming irresponsibility than the Rockstar scandals that have come to be over the past couple years.

The first one that comes to mind is the Manhunt (awesome game, by the way) affair that happened in the UK a couple months after authorities blamed the game for having encouraged a teenager to beat his best friend to death with a hammer. Subsequently, the game was threatened to be taken off shelves and banned from the country (I don't know if this was actually done in the end). I find this course of action to be utterly appaling for the simple fact that, regardless of whether or not the game triggered something in his head or not, it was not like it begged him to go kill everyone in sight. It offered him entertainment. Furthermore, anyone who manages to get the "Kill People" message from a game is obviously unbalanced right off the bat, and if he can spawn violent behoviour from a video game there is nothing keeping him from spawning violent behaviour from movies, TV shows, books, magazines, pictures, and just about every other art form out there...

Then the GTA3 hot coffee mod scandal, which is basically a patch that unlocks a pornography sequence in the PC version of the game. I have no idea how this has become such a heavily documented story, but the only thing I could agree with the case being put up is that the rating should be changed. I mean, how can people be suddenly offended by this ? The game allows you to beat old people with a golf club !!! Not to mention it also lets you kill policemen, stomp pedestrians, and shoot up innocent bystandards with just about every automatic weapon you can think of. It's like people are saying that they don't mind seeing mass murder, gang crime, and drug trafficking, but seeing nudity, well, that's just not proper content. And then you have movies like XXX (which is the god-awful movie which everyone seems to have seen) that go below below the radar and never get to be the source of controversy.

Which leads me to another point : video game design is not correctly respected as an art, but I think I'll leave that to another time. My fingers hurt from the typing. I think I need some ice.

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 09:39 AM

It's ironic because it's usually the same parents that overlook what their children are doing that raise the uproar when something bad happens. Even worse, it's rare that they'll even do anything about it in the future. The parents always argue that the games/tv/movies are corrupting our children, and once a new law is past forcing harsher restriction, the parents go back to allowing the same things as BEFORE the new law was enacted....

and Manhunt and GTA:SA are very awesome games.... :thumbsup: I'm 18, been playing GTA for almost 7 years, and bought Manhunt/GTA:SA legally, and have yet to murder a single human being.... :flowers:

Edited by Heretic Monkey, 30 August 2005 - 09:41 AM.


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Posted 30 August 2005 - 11:14 AM

Parents who do not want to take the responsibility for raising children are quite content to let the government do it for them, and government is more than willing, in the name of protecting children (who could be against THAT?)to move ever more to limit free speech and a free marketplace.

And since the link between violence and cognitive input in childhood is somewhat tenous and requires some sophistication that might take more than 90 seconds to explain, media is quite happy to titillate its readers's interest when it is discovered that there is a HIDDEN "pornographic" scene in a game, and gloss over the implications of the anti-social violence in its gameplay.

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 02:14 PM

I couldn't agree more. Parenting is a responsibility, and there not a single way around it. Even censorship wouldn't help. The fact that the grand majority of cognitive input during childhood comes from the parents is just too often overlooked. From the child's point of view, if his mom is a crack-addicted prostitute and his dad is a gangbanger, he's almost better off spending time on Manhunt and GTA (or any other video game, for that matter) than on his parents...

And I send my congratulations to Heretic Monkey for managing to keep a clean criminal record after playing such "murder-inducing" games...

Congratulations, you win a ham.

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