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is GTA 4 suitable for 15yr old?


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Posted on Jan 31, 2012 9:34:03 AM PST
I'd let my kid play it at 15, but then again that's just me. I don't have kids so it isn't very fair for me to say that I guess.

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 12:19:13 AM PST
Ted Riggs says:
I was a mature 15 year old, and the idea of not being able to play certain games or watch certain movies would have seemed like a joke to me. I think any 15 year old, mature or not, should be able to play whatever games they want. They're old enough to know right from wrong, and it's not like playing GTA is going to give them an uncontrollable desire to kill and steal. Smothering your child and censoring too many things only slows down their mental maturity because they are always treated like children and never have the opportunity to think for themselves. I'm 26 now and am still timid about certain things I was never allowed to do (like going to concerts) when I was a teenager because I was told that they were bad. Video games and movies, however, were never an issue like that.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 4:36:21 PM PST
It depends on what type of parent you are. If you believe that sex, drugs, alcohol, and violence are taboo then no. But I think 13 is the age where these things are apparent to children anyways. I was watching South Park and playing GTA at 13.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 1:40:25 PM PST
nooo says:
If your 15 year old has the maturity level of an adult, then it should be ok.

Don't worry about the whole "games turn kids into serial killers thing". it's something that's blown out of proportion, i played games like dead space and FEAR and i am still an empathetic person-most of the people who i went to school with played videogames that have been banned in countries for their content and they have relatively normal lives.

Just make sure your kid spends more time outside with other people than playing games because alot of them are addictingly fun and can waste a good sunny day.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 12:48:52 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 29, 2012 12:49:26 PM PST
I was 13 when I started playing GTA and my brother who is 13 now just started playing recently if he's mature enough to realize it's just a game then he'll be fine

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 8:07:44 AM PST
JrokShakur says:
Well age he was THEN.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 8:06:00 AM PST
JrokShakur says:
No,it depends on the maturity level of your child,i'm 16 as i write this and i started playing GTA III at an early age of atleast 8 or 9.
The problems with these types of games are that parents most likely like yourself see the games as influential models. If your child can understand what's happening and wouldn't be influenced by this you're alright buying it for him.

Most likely with him being the age he is now,he knows about everything going on in this game. I was 12 when i first played this and i knew just about everything going on. I never went through with the entire story though and if your child is mature enough mentally for this game there is NO problem.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2012 7:27:54 AM PST
Chopperacn says:
My son is now 19 yr old.. Goin to college. When i put out this post bk in 2008, he was 15.Amazing how time moves fast...

Posted on Jan 28, 2012 11:43:01 PM PST
Does the mentioned child regulary watch porn and Pulp Fiction marathons? No? Probably not then...

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 4:31:38 PM PST
The game won't have any negative effect on him. Video games don't cause violence in teens, stress anger and poor parenting do.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 11:42:47 PM PST
Steven says:
I played GTA 4 when i was 15... hell i played San Andreas when i was like 12 or 13. But I've always been pretty mature for my age. That's all that matters really, maturity. I play alot of games and I've never played a rated M game that I would consider to be too much for anyone over the age of 14, unless the person is extremely immature for his/her age.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 9:38:22 PM PST
Like it or not, your son will most likely know about every profanity and other inappropriate material out there. At school there are always a few kids that know more than they should at their age, and then spread the bad knowledge to others. I'm not saying GTA is harmless if you already know about mature stuff, but not letting him play it will definitely not block these contents permanently from his mind (like I said, it's probably too late). It's really up to you if you think your kid can handle it. If it's not going to change his attitude/thinking in life, I don't see how not playing it would help.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 5:52:44 PM PST
kornfrk2727 says:
depends if your 15 year old is mature for his age.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2011 8:38:14 AM PST
bakus522 says:
It depends on the common knowledge of your child. I am only 12 but I know the real world. No one is innocent and criminals sometimes get away with horrible, brutal crimes such as rape, murder, grand theft, etc. However, the likelihood of it happenings is 1/1000000! If you know that then you will be discouraged unless either jail or being dead is your desire. Aside from why not, why would you do it? In what way has humanity harmed a child mentally that they even deeply WANTED to massacre us? Sex is natural. One of God's (That is, if you believe in him, I don't) greatest gifts! It allows us to repopulate. Some ancient nutjob thought of a laundry list of things that was wrong. Penis, female nipples, vaginas, butts, etc. Why? Why should I have to hide my body? What's 'great' is that they picked the sexual parts. Makes sense right? No. If sex is fun in any way then why should they be restricted? I think it's as worthy a passtime as videogames, tennis, etc. God forbid female nipples but a male nipple is perfectly normal. Young girls can't wear "fashionable" clothes because they're inappropriate! I don't believe keeping up with what other people think is cool is right but it's their choice. They say the U.S. is free, but how free is it when you ban %50 of human nature? Now drugs. Drugs are bad and shouldnever be done. Outlaw of drugs results in high taxes, cartels, violence, and more. As long as your child knows to not even try crack, cocaine, or anything other than marijuana (healthier than cigarettes but still pretty bad) then they should be able to handle the virtual concept of drug-dealing. Everything is optional in this game. Frankly I just like mowing people down in a car! This is fine because it is FAKE. I know the difference from virtual and the real world. Question your kid a bit about what he knows. If it is an awkward subject (one he's been brainwashed to not like talking about) then don't pressure him. Assume he knows about it. Why else would he think it is awkward? Please consider this and everyone feel free to post this elsewhere.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 2:53:11 PM PDT
EJ says:
If you're asking then you don't know enough about games to be buying your kid anything.

Unless he's a well balanced individual who can differentiate between a game and real life, then definitely not.

And don't listen to the idiots saying it has explicit sex--it doesn't. When you go into your GF's place 'for coffee' the camera stays outside and you hear some moaning. And the strippers are never even topless.

But the violence is much more realistic in this one. Far less cartoony.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 12:57:16 PM PDT
Toy124 says:
ya, i got it when i was 15. you kid (whether you think so or not) already knows what a hooker is and the fact that he cant go out and kill cops in real life. so if he wants the game get it for him. that being said i didnt care for it to much i prefer gta san andres

Posted on Jul 11, 2009 3:45:21 PM PDT
yes, very much so, im 13 and i had it but didnt like it (got repetative) but the only bad things are sexual things, but not graphic. when ur with a prostitute, it doesnt show anything but the strippers usually wear a small bra and thong, sometimes they have little dots on there so it doesnt show ni pples but i mean seriously, if he wanted to see naked women he could just look at them on the internet so i'd say yes, it is suitable for a 15 yr old

Posted on Jul 11, 2009 2:05:08 PM PDT
I saw Clockwork Orange, Brazil, Resevoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and many other films, as well as played Doom and Duke Nukem well before i was even in middle school(born in '86). If your kid is too stupid to realize the difference between fiction and real life, especially a video game, then spend a couple bucks and get Baby Einstein for them or something because your kid is a tool. I had no parents, raised myself, and am actually a very successful young man, I am a very calm and passive person, but I like playing violent video games, even more so than others, always have always will. They are the perfect release.

Posted on Jul 7, 2009 1:22:32 AM PDT
Etheldreda says:
i didnt read anything except for the first post.

This is what i think.

Sooner or later your kid will learn about these things. You just gotta make sure he doesnt carry out any of the things that GTA4 depicts. So... let him/her play if you think you can handle it.

Posted on Jul 6, 2009 4:25:34 PM PDT
Why don't you not be a lazy parent and spend $5 to rent the game and then decide if it is suitable for your kid.

Posted on Jul 6, 2009 2:33:03 PM PDT
j.j. says:
i'm sure your son has watched graphic types of behavior on t.v. or at the movies, you as a parent must make a good decision based apon how well you know your own child. that appliies for the rest of your life.

Posted on Jul 6, 2009 1:54:03 PM PDT
You should do a trial and error method. Let him play it for about a month and see how it affects him

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2008 3:09:25 PM PDT
Gail Ellen says:
Hoorah, Yuzna! Just like people scapegoat oil companies and speculators for high gas, society does the same to video games. Plenty of 15-year-olds are having sex at 15 or even watching live beatings/shootings. Do you think they were influenced by GTA IV? No, they were babied by their parents, and since violence and sex were taboo in their homes, they learned nothing from their parents, and therefore, no morals. Censorship is a waste, when good explanations are so readily available from parents.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2008 1:01:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2008 1:02:38 PM PDT
B. Hoffman says:
@leek
Preferably it'd be the other way around,learning about sex before virtual sex. Get an actual idea of what sex is, not a distorted one where consequences like the herp, clap, or unwanted pregnancy don't exist.
Jesse, I think you need to make an abridged version for those who may not understand, or rather have patience for strings of long words. That said, I feel the same way. Seems like most people (old/young alike) are fine 'going through the motions' of life, or being carried by the tide. Even anti-conformity causes people to near blindly support ideas.
I don't know of any giant band-aids to put on it. However I do think that teens should be more independent with their parents blessing, if that makes sense. Show them you've got a good head on your shoulders. Volunteer somewhere, get some experience in life, come back and tell them about all that you've learned about the real world. Parents have the right to leash their kids through law, but if you can show them that you're more than ready for a long leash, you'll have so much more of the world available, and probably some support from your parents.
And I still don't get why teens want this game so badly.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2008 11:33:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2008 12:37:40 AM PDT
JGonzalez says:
The fact that people would even defend such a game with such twisted logic (If it does not cause one to shoot and kill innocent lives, then it is alright to play), or even argue and treat each other so (see previous posts), as if they are defending their mothers, portrays a problem with our country: that people don't understand how such killing, or bitterness and aggression, happens.

Hate and its results (fighting and violent crimes) do not just happen; they develop because of a decaying of other more subtle and subconscious values and beliefs, ones that many people may not even know they have or where they came from, ones that make people "act out" or act arrogantly to each other. (For example, before a murder happens, or before homicides increase in a given city/area, a devaluing of human life must happen (by one persons, two persons, and so on), and so if this happens, then murders will most likely increase)). Another more subtle example can be seen in what many are falling for in this thread: think of the definition of argument, that is, in your own terms; most westerners will describe it with words like "attack a point," maybe even "fight;" they will use metaphors of war to conceptualize argumentation. Many of us don't realize it, but we do it; and it is not just something that we just thought of ourselves; it is a product of history and culture. That is how fragile our minds are, and thinking in such a way about argumentation may even become dangerous when hundreds and thousands and millions think this way without knowing it, and then act accordingly (i.e. treating others as some have done so in the recent posts).

Nevertheless, I don't see a problem with the game per se. There is more of a problem with young people (and adults as well) who don't know how to argue and critique and interpret, and don't know how to be conscious of where the values/ideas they have come from, and none of these skills are taught well in American high schools (I should know, I teach college/ex-high school students). Our young people seem to think alike (as shown with this thread's same ol' arguments that are being stated by such 13-16 year olds (and 20 year olds as well)), and when they are challenged, aggression seems to be the result--and this is partial proof that most young people are not prepared for such a game, and maybe not even adults. If one can't think on his/her own, even though he/she insists that he/she does, and even though he/she throws up the same erroneous arguments that everyone else does and that would never hold together with any systematic rules of logic (and no, knowing the straw man fallacy does not mean you know the rules of logic), and, most importantly, if they get angry or show aggressiveness or disrespect when their ideas are challenged, then there is a good chance that they shouldn't play a game like GTA, or even argue about whether they should.

One post mentioned Europe having more flexibility with children playing video games; however, the author should compare European education with American education (many Europeans are bi- and multi-lingual before the age of 16, and linguistic skills have a lot to do with critical thinking and interpretation skills).

So, teach your children how to argue and interpret, how to think for themselves, and most importantly, how to act according to that knowledge, and you should be alright. Or, at least, make sure you vote for political leaders that will pump some big $$$ into our educational systems (it needs it). And for most of you young people: you most likely JUST think you think for your selves, but you just went through a process of educational socialization (a.k.a. conformity). But it is not entirely your fault; on may levels we--THE ADULTS--are failing you.

(By the way, how does one not change/mature from the age of 15 to 20? That itself is a problem.)
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