View Full Version : is it a bad thing for kids to play rated M games?
ok my brother is a real spoiler, he lets my little cousins play my rated M games like Mortal Komat *I wish deadly alliance*, Driver 3, Grand Theft Auto, etc...
He won't listen to me...I told him that when he goes home he starts talking how he would love to kill someone and how fun it is...I dunno if that's a bad thing or just a trance kids go through nowadays :roll:
How old are your cousins? I am 7 and i play rated AO games. Nothin too much y'know.
i think its ok to play M games if you are older than 12, even though i played em when i was 8 but letsnot get into that
I think in the majority of the time its okay to let say 12 and over kids play M games but it's a bad idea to let traumatized kids play them or kids who are a little on the crazy side. (They are the type who might actually go out and kill people in real life). I think 6 is waaay too young. They should be playing with barbie dolls or whatever, not blowing people up on GTA.
I think it all depends on the person. For instance, say two 12 year olds play GTA: SA. One is not affected, but the other suddenly has the urge to go take shots at cars. Unfortunately for a parent, you don't know wheter your kid would be affected. I haven't started playing M games, until well, now! I just recently got my PS2, and the only M games I've ever bought are Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and GTA-SA. So I probably won't let my kids play M games until there as old as I was when I started (15).
But six should be out of the question, a childs mind is easilly influenced. For instance:
"Hey kid, I lost my dog, can you get in my care and help me find it?"
This is no different than playing the game, the kid could be influenced that blowing up cars with an RPG is acceptable.
Tell your cousin, or whoever it is, to imediately take away that game, it can be causing SERIOUS damage to his head. He's already talking about how fun it'd be to kill someone. Next thing you know, he's killed one of his classmates. :(
Good point stlrams-and i'm not gonna spell the rest :D. Yea a child's thoughts and influences go as far as what they see. So yea, my brother used to beat me with a stick whenever I watched him play Mortal Kombat....that was when I was 6. The blood then wasn't very well animated...but thats not the point. Things look more real to life with today's growth of technology. Looks more realistic. A kid's prolly thinkin "Woo hoo! He does it...so can I!" Also...the dude they're using in these games seems to be invincible (life bar) and all that. Then not only do you have to worry about him killing other people, you gotta worry about him hurting himself cause he think that he can't get hurt like the dude in the game.
A great case was one where a child jumped out of his 6th floor window and broke his legs landing on the ground. Now, this was from watching Pokemon (or at least I think it was pokemon but it wasn't a very hardcore violent TV show) now as we all know pokemon is not very violent but see how a little thing like that can affect the way a child thinks! The kid says Ash (might've been someone else) did it. So yea...think about it, other people might make fun of you for being overly protective and thats just a load of bull. They can raise their kids the way they want, and you can do it the way you want.
I say when the person is ready for it mentally and is taught that hurting others is BAD!! You gotta beat it into their heads! Then can they only play all those M games. It can be at any age ABOVE 10...but yea most kids get their hands on those M games when they're 12. By then they're a tad bit more capable of handling it. Besides...in my days, we used to play outside! ....my days weren't very long ago so yea.
Great signs to watch while playing GTA:
- If the kid whose playing the game laughs when blowing the dude away, not just any laughter, I mean maniacal laughter...then take it away!
- Repeated beating of person by kicking and or using other objects such as chainsaw (the most brutal).
Those are all the signs that I can think of right now...I'll get back to you guys on that.
The issue comes down to whether you believe audiences are passive or active when it comes to how they process the media. The two main theories are the Hyperdermic Needle Theory, which cites that people are 'injected' with media values and thus influenced by it, and the Uses and Gratifications Theory, which states that audiences use the media to satisfy different needs that they have. Lots of studies have been undertaken regarding the influence of voilent films and games on people, and most conclude that the affect it has is minimal - with other factors such as upbringing, mental balance and religion having a much more affect. Personally, I tend to agree with these findings - I do believe watching and playing violent films and games is not good for you, but it won't make any normal person go out and kill someone; at least it hasn't made me want to yet.
My kids arent playing M rated games, I'll just leave it at that.
well...since that happened I've not let him play games all day which he has been done...my brother doesn't care...I don't understand him, he always told me I couldn't watch this and that because I was too young, I couldn't play this because it had too much blood fighting etc...and now he doesn't even care...sometimes you think you know someone but you don't...
I personally think it depends on the individual like I was watching R rated movies at age of like 6 or 7 my parents normaly didn't really care unless every second word was a curse, as for games well I was playing them around 6 or 7 it really depends on the maturity of the kid
ha! I was watching a horror movie rated R and I almost died from fear...ok lol...but I'll just take the game away from him...I gave him a whole day off not playing games...and so all he did was sit around in my house doing nothing :D
what about playin RP rated one and the 18++ game
RP stand for Rate Pending, meaning it hasnt been rated.
opps sry , wrong move
I think it all depends on the child's maturity level like you guys have said. I have seen 12 year old kids that are mature and not influenced by stuff like violence. I have also seen 12 year old kids that are very immature and when they see something they like to go outside and pretend they are that person. Those kinds of kids don't need to do that. 17 is just an age where most of the people would be mature enough to play that game.
My mom is very overprotective. She says she will not let any Grand Theft Auto game into the house. She also won't let me get ost M rated games even though I am 17. I am also most mature then most of my friends. She is just overprotective, but that's another story.
so you don't get to play mortal kombat even though you can turn the blood off? *I enjoy it when mk doesn't have blood...it just feels more clean to me...lol*
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