Okay, I’ve read this, heard this and I just want to VENT! So stand back I’m really gonna spew! I’ve held my tongue on this but I can’t hold it any longer! We already have Parental Advisories on music which to me is like putting a big banner on a CD saying, “Kids, buy this, your parents will hate it” but now they are attacking computer games.
As one major spokeshead (or holesniffer, crapeater, buttmuncher) called them, “Murder simulators.” Okay fine, call them what you will (as I do you). That power of words and all. But I don’t think it’s the governments job to parent for you!
I thoroughly enjoy computer games! I have over 100 of them. Everything from learning to the full on shoot-em-ups. I like them all. It just pisses me off that some parents are so lazy that instead of taking an active interest in WHAT their kids are doing with the home computer they expect the government to be big brother and take care of it for them. It’s like the V-chip. You CAN’T turn off the TV? Or you are just never around to see what your kids are doing? Then don’t have kids for crying out loud! If you can’t be bothered with their lives than don’t have them! Period!
I love interactive games like Phantasmagoria (both of them) the Gabriel Knight Beast Within, the Tex Murphy set, but I also play all of the Quake games, Duke Nukem, Rise of the Triad, Wolfenstien… I’m a big girl (just how big read my other posts) and I think I have the right to decide if a game is too violent for me. As an adult I know my limits. I also know what games I have that I would share with a child. I know better than to let a seven year old play the first Phantasmagoria (the rape scene alone would rule that out) but they would be fine messing around with Grim Fandango.
Is it just me or do a lot of people in America need to get a grip? The Government isn’t here to parent for you because you can’t/won’t/don’t care/are too lazy.
If your kid brings home/asks for/wants a movie/game/book I think as an ADULT you should check it out. Is it appropriate for your child? Age can indicate many things but there are kids at seven who could handle something I wouldn’t give to someone 35. It depends. My point here is shouldn’t the adult, the parent, make the call, not the government?
Thanks for reading my spew. As always this is IMHO and I don’t expect ANYONE to agree with me. Just tell me what YOU think!
The moon looks on many flowers, the flowers on but one moon.