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View Poll Results: Should kids be allowed to play violent video games?
Yes 6 50.00%
Yes, but not SUPER violent ones 3 25.00%
Yes, but only with parent supervision 3 25.00%
Yes, but they've got to be older than 12 at least 0 0%
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Old 10-03-2018, 05:22 PM   #1
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Should kids be allowed to play violent video games?



Even ones with no blood or gore? Where should the line be drawn (or should it?), and why?

Also, Prince Harry thinks not.
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Old 10-03-2018, 06:20 PM   #2
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Depends on the kid
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Old 10-03-2018, 06:23 PM   #3
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Depends on the kid, the family, the supervision, which game it is...

An understanding of "age appropriate" used to be a thing and made this easier, what became of that.
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Old 10-03-2018, 07:29 PM   #4
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Parents' choice. Government should stay the fvck out of it.

I'm the only one deciding whether or not my kid plays Grand Theft Auto 69: Now With More Dead Hookers.
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Old 10-06-2018, 05:08 AM   #5
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Parents' choice. Government should stay the fvck out of it.
There are still needs for age limits, or at least recommendations. The real problem is when politicians try to ban or censor videogames aimed at adults.
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Old 10-08-2018, 05:52 PM   #6
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I grew up playing violent video games and all it got me was...a lifelong career in video games...

I voted yes
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Old 03-10-2021, 02:21 AM   #7
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Parents' choice. Government should stay the fvck out of it.

I'm the only one deciding whether or not my kid plays Grand Theft Auto 69: Now With More Dead Hookers.
Ok I bursted in laughs when I saw this.
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Old 10-03-2018, 09:30 PM   #8
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Old 10-03-2018, 10:18 PM   #9
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My father got me into video games around age two. His whole life, he never once raised any concern about the content, or how I'd be "affected" by it. He thought games were great, he just didn't play them.

He also never cared if I'd come home late, or even stay overnight unexpectedly at a friend's house without calling. People flip out when I tell them that, like he was completely out of line. When I was older, he told me the reason he was so hands-off was because he knew me well enough to know he didn't have to worry about me. He never kept his guns locked up, for the same reason. Now, that might sound incredibly foolish and naive in most cases, but in my case, he was 100% right, I simply wasn't the type to get in trouble or be reckless, and it felt good to have that kind of trust.

This to me implies that the main factor is communication, understanding and trust between parent and child. Some kids are like I was, and you can show them pretty much anything and they'll be fine. Now, that's obviously not going to be the case for everyone. If your kid sets ants on fire with a magnifying glass, sets small fires around the house, stuff like that, they probably shouldn't be playing GTA, even if they beg.

In most cases, though, I think stuff like Call of Duty or whatever isn't gonna hurt most kids at all. They see worse at the movies. It's the parents' decision, and it's the parents' job to know their child well enough to make the best call. A lot of parents aren't involved enough with their kids to really know what level they're at, or what's appropriate for them, but they should be. If Little Timmy is an Honors student, does all his chores, and wants to unwind before bed with a little CoD, then I say go for it. The kid across the street swinging the cat around by its tail has way bigger problems than video games, and someone should say something.

I wish the poll had a "Yes, if the parents think it's appropriate for them" option. "Parental Supervision" isn't the same thing.

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An understanding of "age appropriate" used to be a thing and made this easier, what became of that.
Some of us were just "born old" and acted like adults even when we were kids. That complicates things.

ProTip: Most adults highly resent being talked down to by a 6-year old. It never stopped me, but it's a thing I noticed early on.
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Old 10-03-2018, 10:44 PM   #10
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Kind of mirroring the other responses, this really depends on so many factors. The maturity of the child, the type of content of the game, the type of violence that's being displayed...

Overall, hyper-realistic violence does more damage than fantasy violence but this is again dependent on the child's developmental level. A lot of people like to cite the "violent video games lead to violence" but there is no study that has verified that. They've found a co-relation between violent video games and violence but not causation. So, it could just as easily be people with more aggressive tendencies are drawn to violent games as it could be violent games create more violence.

It's really a case by case basis. I've known kids that were very young that could likely handle very mature game plots/imagery and I've known some adults that likely shouldn't be playing them...
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Old 10-03-2018, 10:47 PM   #11
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Yes I played them no problem. Let them grow some balls early on if they want to. Freedom of choice.
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:32 AM   #12
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depends on the kid mostly.
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:19 PM   #13
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Some of us were just "born old" and acted like adults even when we were kids. That complicates things.
I probably largely fit that myself in terms of being trustworthy and not one to ever go getting into or making trouble either. Unfortunately, I also ended up with parents who apparently never fully recognized or acknowledged that how they should have and insisted on being controlling as if it weren't the case.

Rules were rules. No PG13 for me until I was actually 13, etc. (Though I didn't mind too much really, it was instead more like a small right of passage for turning that coveted age of 13.) Prob a combo of mom being a bit controlling as stated and my dad having been Air Force.

Had some of these games that exist now been around back in those days, there is no way in hell I'd have been allowed to play them as a minor. Though knowing they were for older people I wouldn't I fought them over it anyhow.


edit: The only thing they oddly enough felt I should be able to do early (to a point) and start learning was driving... I was 14 when I was allowed to get behind the wheel of my grandfather's old pickup in the hilly field behind their house, while dad tried to teach me how to drive a stick shift.


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ProTip: Most adults highly resent being talked down to by a 6-year old. It never stopped me, but it's a thing I noticed early on.
Yeah... that would never turn out well for me.

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Old 10-04-2018, 07:52 PM   #14
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I wasn't really disgusted, but just really surprised and a bit shocked. I was like "oh, so that's what's sex like".
In my defense, I was 7. Plus, I kinda just don't recommend that grainy footage of a 70s-era three-way (with all the accompanying body hair) be any child's first exposure to sex. It's an awful lot to try and process all at once.

Like I said, it took me a few minutes before fascination took over, and now I'm a better person for it.

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Yeah... that would never turn out well for me.
Early on in life, I was dubbed by many to be, quote, "a character." It stuck.

I've been called worse.
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Old 10-04-2018, 08:03 PM   #15
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Given the wrestling it certainly makes sense.
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Old 03-10-2021, 02:18 AM   #16
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It's kind of hard to decide tho.
My first thought would be "Yes" but not because freedom or something, but just because if the kid KNOWS that something is held out of his sight, he/she will try to see it even more.
I remember that my parents were kind of fine with normal violent games (like punching, shooting and such things) but they were not ok with gore.
I mean, I never really enjoyed gore-filled games just because most of the times they weren't fun in the first place.

Like, never liked Mortal Kombat because is just a common BeatEmUp with alot of blood. Nothing else.
However, I really enjoyed games like The Binding of Isaac, which had gore, but it wasn't the main concept of the game, not it's design core.

I would just let them play whatever the hell they want, as long as they will pay the consequences if they found it scary or things like that.
I don't think violent games makes a kid violent.
That's one of the stupidest things society can't get rid of about videogames.

If I know my kid is very sensible about gorey things, I'll try to avoid making him play games with excessive gore. If my kid never showed anything wrong against them, why blocking him from playing them?

By the way, I ain't a parent, and I wish I'll never be, but that's how I think about it.
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