Poll: Let your kids play violent video games?
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View poll results: Let your kids play violent video games?
Yes
23 29%
No
33 42%
Depends (state why)
23 29%
Voters: 79.
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#1
If you had a kid 10 years or younger, would you let them play violent video games like GTA and Manhunt?

For me, I'd let them play violent video games if the there was a good motive, like killing invading aliens or zombies or something (as long as the games weren't too spooky, which would keep them up all night.) However, I wouldn't let them play things like GTA which are almost pure criminal.
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#4
No. Why would I? They're so violent.
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#5
I'd make sure they understand that it's just a game. I remember playing quake with my dad when I was about 9.
#8
I'd say 13 is when they can play really inappropriate games.
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#9
I don't totally agree with the age certifications but I think they're there for a reason. However I would hope that I knew my kid better than the ESRB or whatever so if I thought they were mature enough not to be adversely affected by it then of course I'd let them. Never did me any harm....
#10
I did and I watched horror movies and stuff, I would let my kids do the same. If I thought it was causing them to be dumb or violent THEN I'd stop it and force them to watch Care Bears to brainwash them.
#12
you know your kids are just gonna go behind your back and play whatever they want at their friends houses anyway.
#13
My little brother is 7. He's been playing (though we're trying to restrict him) and watching (zzzzz) violent games for a while and he's pretty violent. He was 3 when he witnessed GTA
#15
hmmm i dunno, violent games werent around when i was a kid, it was awesome games like manic miner and pitfall.
i watched plenty of violent movies as a kid though and grew up pretty good.
of it was my kids personaly i'dlet them play them so long as i was with them and they know its a game and shooting hookers with ak47's is not ok
#16
Probably not but yeah it depends on their envronment at school and stuff like that too. I played Duke Nukem since I was like 8 or whatever, but my parents raised me well and I was actually more influenced towards violence by my peers. It's really what choices you make towards who your friends are that will determine how violent you are or knowing what is right and wrong.
#17
Of course not, they have an age limit for a reason.

Perhaps at around 14 or 15 I would consider buying them an 18-rated game if I deemed it ok, but kiddies playing violent video games is really not cool.
#18
it depends

if the kid is comletely Jaded

it doesent matter

meaning

has he/she seen tons of Scary, Gorey, Violent, movies or shows?

if yes than whats the difference?

its just that they can decide to kill or not

i remember when i first started playing GTA3 when i was like 9

i never killed people when i didnt have to
yeah that shows my character
#19
I got GTA when i was 13 so i think thats about the right age
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#20
Quote by Mistress_Ibanez

Perhaps at around 14 or 15 I would consider buying them an 18-rated game if I deemed it ok, but kiddies playing violent video games is really not cool.


I fit that category! Could you buy me a game?
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#21
id say maybe because depends on the game
for instance there is a big difference between quake and gta
id probably play the game first before letting my kid play it
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#22
If it was very animated and very fiction based.

Like cartoon aliens reminisent of Marvin the Martian. Not GTA where graphics are life-like and you can kill random people on the street.
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#24
i would but i would explain to them first that everything in the game is not real and is not a joke in real life. after that i would let them play but i would watch them while they do to make sure they do anything too inappropriate because i heard GTA 4 has porn in it.
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#25
I was playing Perfect Dark when i was 10. It was an 18 and pretty violent but my dad didn't care.

Maybe because i grew up in a stable family envionment in a reasonable good, strict school that violent games didn;t effect me as much as some kids who were 10 when i was.
#26
I did.... well when I was 10 they werent that gorey... Goldeneye... 1st UT Perfect Dark
only 5 and a half years and everything from my childhood is 'retro'
Ahh good old N64 I still play Rogue Squadron.... class game

EDIT: my 7 year old brother plays CoD4, BF2 and Warrock... rather violent
I'm just told to check games for swearing... we arent bothered about violence.... its pretend and unless there is something mentally wrong with a child to begin with... it'll stay pretend
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#27
Quote by magnus_maximus
Not realistically violent games where it's human VS human, not at that age. GTA IV should really not be shown to anyone younger than about 14. The people who slate it are running on the stereotype that all games are for children, that is simply not true. SOmetimes, you just have to know when not to let someone play a certain game, as at 10 years old, some find it incredibly difficult to separate reality from digital reality. I just about shat myself the first time I tried Resident Evil when I was about 10. My dad took it back to the shop But that was probably the right thing to do. Even at 15, when I first completed RE2, I could barely get through it without losing my clean undies. Also, the only FPS I got to play until I hate the big one-two was Doom, and that doesn't even count

Age ratings on games are not for difficulty, they're there for a reason.
I have 2 young daughters both under 10. Throughout their lives all who have come to meet them have complimented me and my wife on just how well-behaved, well-mannered and mature my daughters are. They are both non-violent. Do exceptionally well in school. Have never been in a fight with another child and treat all adults with respect.

Our household has a "zero censorship" policy. Meaning that my kids are not prohibited from any material, what-so-ever. They're allowed to watch R rated movies. Play violent video games. Heck, I would not even stop them from watching porn if the situation arose.

Why ? Because our jobs, as parents, is to teach them to how to function and contribute in society. To cope with everything that the world has to throw at them. We can not do that if we constantly "protect" and "shield" them from everything that we deem offensive or objectionable or inappropriate.

However, one very important aspect of our "parenting strategy" is that we do not let computers, television or video games parent our kids. When we're watching something like Family Guy and there's a scene that I'm not sure the kids would quite "get" then I stop the show and talk to them about it. It's not constant media absorption with no thought. When Peter Griffin does something sexist I'll ask them "so what do you think about Peter ? Is he a nice guy ?" and they explain their opinions and the thought process that led to their formation. We have an open dialog about everything in our house. Nothing is taboo.

I'm really sick and tired of hearing people blame video games, movies and media for children running amok. Where the bloody hell are the parents in these cases ? Kids only develop behavioural problems when the parents are negligent. I make sure that my kids get a healthy dose of everything. They watch children's programming. They watch adult's programming and they go outside and play. It's not constant tv and games. And it seems to work wonders. I must be the luckiest parent in the world for having the 2 best behaved kids in the world. That or it's because I don't expect society and television to raise them and ask myself "Where did I go wrong ? " when they act inappropriately and proceed blame it on the violent video games that they must have seen at a friend's house because "that kind of material" is forbidden in my house hold.
#28
Zelda and Final Fantasy 8 would be the only games I would allow them to play.
#29
^
You sound lucky, but also VERY patient.

My dad was a bit like that when i was a wee lad, if i had a question, he would explain about it in detail from both points of view. When i was 8 we had a detailed discussion about Hitler and Stalin.
#30
like movies, there are video games that are better suited to younger people, and younger people should stick with those until they are older and more mature.
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#31
Well, I consider that children shouldn't play blockout or tetris till they are 15 at least.
Agression against rectangle polygons is underrated nowadays...

But seriously, depends on the game, and on the children. If my kid is conscious about it, and understands all the things that implies, then yes (with games like Quake, Doom, Tetris, etc).
I grew up playing Quake and I am fine...

If I have kids though, I will let them play Final Fantasy, Claw, Mario, SimCity, Crash Bandicoot and all the old-fashioned games first before giving him COD4, or GTA4, etc
#32
I played most games (except manhunt since it's banned) and I turned out alright.
#33
At 13 maybe if they could possibly prove their maturity to me.
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#34
If a kid turns violent because of a game, there are two possibilites IMO

a) they are mentally screwed from the start

b) crappy parents
#35
Quote by CoreysMonster
hell no. Nothing like Battlefield. Certainly not GTA.

My kids will be raised on Mario, Zelda and Sonic.


Agreed. I want my kids to be somewhat like me, therefore, they will play games I played. Hopefully there will still be that kind backwards compatibility by then

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#36
I would, as long as my kid wouldn't be a douche bag about it. He should know it's just a fun game, and not to be taken to seriously.
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#37
Quote by Mistress_Ibanez
Of course not, they have an age limit for a reason.

Perhaps at around 14 or 15 I would consider buying them an 18-rated game if I deemed it ok, but kiddies playing violent video games is really not cool.


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#38
I played GTA when I was like 9, it was fun. I didn't pick up hookers or anything but the missions are fun as hell.
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#39
Quote by garett
I have 2 young daughters both under 10. Throughout their lives all who have come to meet them have complimented me and my wife on just how well-behaved, well-mannered and mature my daughters are. They are both non-violent. Do exceptionally well in school. Have never been in a fight with another child and treat all adults with respect.

Our household has a "zero censorship" policy. Meaning that my kids are not prohibited from any material, what-so-ever. They're allowed to watch R rated movies. Play violent video games. Heck, I would not even stop them from watching porn if the situation arose.

Why ? Because our jobs, as parents, is to teach them to how to function and contribute in society. To cope with everything that the world has to throw at them. We can not do that if we constantly "protect" and "shield" them from everything that we deem offensive or objectionable or inappropriate.

However, one very important aspect of our "parenting strategy" is that we do not let computers, television or video games parent our kids. When we're watching something like Family Guy and there's a scene that I'm not sure the kids would quite "get" then I stop the show and talk to them about it. It's not constant media absorption with no thought. When Peter Griffin does something sexist I'll ask them "so what do you think about Peter ? Is he a nice guy ?" and they explain their opinions and the thought process that led to their formation. We have an open dialog about everything in our house. Nothing is taboo.

I'm really sick and tired of hearing people blame video games, movies and media for children running amok. Where the bloody hell are the parents in these cases ? Kids only develop behavioural problems when the parents are negligent. I make sure that my kids get a healthy dose of everything. They watch children's programming. They watch adult's programming and they go outside and play. It's not constant tv and games. And it seems to work wonders. I must be the luckiest parent in the world for having the 2 best behaved kids in the world. That or it's because I don't expect society and television to raise them and ask myself "Where did I go wrong ? " when they act inappropriately and proceed blame it on the violent video games that they must have seen at a friend's house because "that kind of material" is forbidden in my house hold.

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#40
Originally Posted by garett
I have 2 young daughters both under 10. Throughout their lives all who have come to meet them have complimented me and my wife on just how well-behaved, well-mannered and mature my daughters are. They are both non-violent. Do exceptionally well in school. Have never been in a fight with another child and treat all adults with respect.

Our household has a "zero censorship" policy. Meaning that my kids are not prohibited from any material, what-so-ever. They're allowed to watch R rated movies. Play violent video games. Heck, I would not even stop them from watching porn if the situation arose.

Why ? Because our jobs, as parents, is to teach them to how to function and contribute in society. To cope with everything that the world has to throw at them. We can not do that if we constantly "protect" and "shield" them from everything that we deem offensive or objectionable or inappropriate.

However, one very important aspect of our "parenting strategy" is that we do not let computers, television or video games parent our kids. When we're watching something like Family Guy and there's a scene that I'm not sure the kids would quite "get" then I stop the show and talk to them about it. It's not constant media absorption with no thought. When Peter Griffin does something sexist I'll ask them "so what do you think about Peter ? Is he a nice guy ?" and they explain their opinions and the thought process that led to their formation. We have an open dialog about everything in our house. Nothing is taboo.

I'm really sick and tired of hearing people blame video games, movies and media for children running amok. Where the bloody hell are the parents in these cases ? Kids only develop behavioural problems when the parents are negligent. I make sure that my kids get a healthy dose of everything. They watch children's programming. They watch adult's programming and they go outside and play. It's not constant tv and games. And it seems to work wonders. I must be the luckiest parent in the world for having the 2 best behaved kids in the world. That or it's because I don't expect society and television to raise them and ask myself "Where did I go wrong ? " when they act inappropriately and proceed blame it on the violent video games that they must have seen at a friend's house because "that kind of material" is forbidden in my house hold.


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