92% of parents support their children playing videogames, 34% buy them inappropriate games
- Posted July 30th, 2012 at 05:56 EDT by PSU Staff
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In a poll conducted by Ukie (The Association of UK Interactive Entertainment) 92 percent of parents with children under 18 said they recognised “the benefits that playing video games can have on their children.”
58 percent believe those benefits are educational, while 52 percent said that games allowed their children to be creative. The report also states that some parents believe that playing videogames increased co-ordination, and encourages strategic thinking and team-work. However, 34 percent of those polled admitted they’d bought a game that was unsuitable for the age of their child.
The result of the poll comes as the BBFC rating for videogames is scrapped in favour of the PEGI (Pan-European Game Information) system, which will make games rated 12, 16 or 18 illegal to sell to anyone under those ages. Having PEGI as the sole rating system will help people “make informed decisions about which video games to choose for their families, by clearly giving the suggested minimum age that you must be to play a game due to the suitability of its content,” reads the press release.
1solidsnake | solid1snake67
- 9:47am EDT - July 30th, 2012
actually some gamers at gamestop when when its a GTA release we tell there mom not to buy it for them just to piss them off
Ariakace | Ariakace55
- 4:13pm EDT - July 30th, 2012
@1 this is absoloutly true. I worked at Gamestop for years and did this tons of times whenever a pain in the butt little kid (which usually ranged from 10-13 years old) came in, trying to buy a GTA game or God of War and the parents seemed not to care what game the kid picked. Each time one of these little birth defects tried to by it, i described to the parent in detail what those games contained. Often times the parents wouldnt buy the games for their kids. It was my way of giving the little bastards a taste of humility.
However, if someone came in with their kids and they were on the older side (probably around 12-13ish) and didnt act like a complete idiot, i would simply state, this is a game thats rated M for mature audiences, youre killing demons, stealing cars and theres a lot of bad language and drug references. Basically making it sound like i was going through the motions. Cause i was.
Basically, when i was working, if you came in and didnt act like a 5 year old, or were not one of those EMO idiots ranting about the sparkling sadness, i was generally on your side. Act stupid, i treated you thusly. If i can put an idiot in their place, under the guise of "doing my job" i will. Much like Cops do.