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Thursday, May 26, 2005

A Parent's Guide to Gaming

Image hosted by Photobucket.comAs much as I hate to admit it, there are simply too many parents that are ignorant of what their children are doing with their time. What's worse, when an ignorant parent gets upset that their 10 year old child is playing some uber-violent video game like Grand Theft Auto, the only people that get the blame are retailers and game manufacturers. Of course, had the parent been doing their job and monitoring what their children were doing, the problem would have been avoided entirely.

I have two very clear reasons why retailers cannot be blamed for this.

1. Children don't have jobs. If they have money, it's coming from their parents. If you're giving your kid money, you need to know what they're spending it on. If you hand your kid $50 because they asks for it and you don't know what it's for, you're an idiot. Your children should be taken away and you should go to jail. The money could be going to drugs or even worse. You'll be lucky if all they do is buy a video game.

2. If you're buying the game for your child - guess what - their playing it is your responsibility. If you buy a game because your kid tells you to buy it for them and you don't look into the content of the game first, you're an idiot. Your children should be taken away and you should go to jail. All games have an ESRB rating right on the box that tells you who the game is appropriate for. Here's a link to the ESRB ratings just so you can see how crystal clear they are. If your kid is 10 and the box has a big M on it, don't buy it. Besides, you wouldn't spend $50 on yourself without looking into the purchase first, why would you do it for your kid?

This brings me to the whole reason for this post - parents with zero gaming knowledge that don't want to be negligent parents, GamerDad.com is your savior. GamerDad is a terrific website that offers detailed gaming reviews, and addresses how suitable a game is for kids. Please, if you know any parents out there with younger kids, send them this link.

Sorry for the rant. This was originally going to be a short post with a link to GamerDad, but some topics just make my blood boil, and I get all worked up. Don't even get me started on convicts having PS2's. They do, you know.

2 Comments:

  • I can't agree with you more. This is one of those subjects that really gets me going, has since even before having Zay. It's almost as bad as that kid who was playing paintball, and in the middle of the field, lifted his mask. the kid, obviously got shot in the face, so he sued, and won.
    Promise me that if ever I become that stupid parent, to put me out of my misery?

    By Anonymous tryphyna, at 6:44 PM  

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