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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 3:47:40 PM PST
im 15 and i think it just sucks to much to get for them get saints row 2 or 3

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2012 1:18:06 PM PST
Pinklaw says:
don't shelter your child. I bet your 15 year old knows more than you'd want to know. Games like this is a good lesson for the young ones. It would be traumatizing to see a real death, but with games like GTA, it reminds people of the things that go on in the real world. Shelter him now and he'll have a hard time in the real world.

We've already come to the conclusion that games do not cause people to be violent. If you're that worried, then teach him. Don't worry that a game will corrupt his mind, use it as a lesson.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 4:55:01 PM PST
Adam Kreger says:
Don't make your kid a bubbleboy like my one 22 year old friend. I'm 19 and the things he doesn't know simply astound me. His over religious parents sheltered him from so much and he's worse off for it.

Do your kid a favor and let them play a mature game with a great story.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 5:43:28 PM PST
I got bored with GTA4 (just wasn't the same as San Andreas), but I have friends with kids in their mid-teens who play GTA all the time and they're absolutely fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2012 8:14:48 PM PST
M.J. Michael says:
Yeah, it's fine for him. I got Grand Theft Auto 3 when I was in 2nd grade and now I'm majoring in law enforcement in college and work part time as a campus safety officer. It doesn't instantly turn you into a killer. It's just a game.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2012 11:54:55 PM PST
It's fine as long as you make sure your child knows the difference between a video game and real life. All the people that say NOOOOOOO are either terrible parents or have no idea what they are talking about. Language isn't any worse than what they show on network TV, yeah there is gratuitous violence and gun play, but by 15 (unless you live under a rock) I am sure your child has been exposed to that one way or another.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 12:00:57 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2012 12:59:07 AM PST
GoldenTiger says:
C Garcia, also hopefully by then they've known the difference between "reality" and "fantasy" for way more than a decade. A teen should long know how to seperate those two, and take the game for what it is: a fun diversion that is not true.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2012 2:08:05 PM PST
maskedgamer says:
No, not at all. The first GTA's on PS1 were considered some of the most controversial games for the system back than and even then it was an argument about kids playing them and that's when it was cutesy cartoon graphics and you barely saw the violence. Today the game is in full HD and makes the original games look as innocent as Pokemon.

The newer GTA's are more violent and more vulgar than they've ever been before. I'd say let him/her age a few years and then allow them to play when the games not so influential to them.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2012 4:37:59 PM PST
Depends on if you want your 15 year old getting lap dances, drunk driving, or participating in drive-by shootings. These are just a few of the "fun" activities that GTA IV entails. I'm 25 and have a blast playing this game, I'm just trying to let you know what to expect.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 5:27:07 PM PST
Alex says:
um no, is this a serious question?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2012 10:12:36 PM PST
most fifteen year olds can play M rated games, doesn't mean that you should let them. that's what the rating system is for. pay attention to it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2012 4:36:51 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 4, 2012 4:38:02 PM PST
Nope. As a 26 year old who definitely played GTA3 at 15, I say it is not. However, if your teenager can differentiate reality from a video game and is probably not a psychopath, they can handle it.

As you are the parent of a current teenager I think you could do well for the rest of us to help cut down on the ridiculous scapegoat the media has become by just not letting your offspring play it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2012 4:39:46 PM PST
You mean you're heading towards law enforcement and you can actually differentiate between utter profiling BS, which they probably teach you, and reality? I'm pleased.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2012 4:40:52 PM PST
Haha I share the opinion. 4 was a major step down from San Andreas in terms of everything but graphics. Hopefully 5 will suck less, being San Andreas again (or at least Los Santos).

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 10:17:58 PM PST
Look at the kids who survived the massacre in Oslo , Norway. Look at the horrors they went thou. Now look at any game, any movie, anything on TV. ANYWHERE.

HOW can you possibly compare the two? I hate when people try to compare the minor distractions to the real horrors of what happens in the world.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 10:58:09 PM PST
GlobalKiller says:
I'm 22/Male and I still remember playing GTA 1 demo when I was 8-9 years old. I believe it really depends on where you live(country), and the culture in your area. If you live in the USA like I do and have went through K-12 in a public school environment, you would know that you might as well let your teenager play it because it's already too late. If not and you still believe not letting your teenager play GTA is the best, then I recommend keeping him/her out of public school, getting rid of the internet and cable TV, and lastly, only let him/her watch G/PG movies. Most (not all) of the explicit content in GTA can easily be found in PG-13 movies. Don't get me wrong, I get depressed everytime I watch the news because absolutely everything that involves crime bothers me. I have a clean criminal record in the US and I am an abstainer, but this is because I knew that GTA is a video game and that it always will be. Therefore, it comes down to judging your teenager if he/she is mentally mature enough to understand that the game is a game and that there will be consequences if you do act out the things you see in real life. Same goes for movies. Unfortunately because of todays society, this choice that most parents have to make is a true "catch-22".

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 11:58:48 PM PST
QwertyMan says:
Here's an opinion from a 15 year old:

I can handle pretty much any game on the market. Dead Space II? Piece of cake. Heavy Rain? One of the best games I've ever played. Saints Row 3? Hilarious and fun. Unless your kid is an idiot, games won't affect his behavior or mindset at all. I've played some GTA4 around (I don't much like it, so I don't own it), and yeah, you can buy a hooker or shoot some cops, but it's a game. There's a big difference between that and anything remotely close to real life. The whole point of games like that is to do stuff you would never do in real life, so I don't really see any relationship between the two.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 11:55:42 AM PST
absolutely NOT!!!!! Why would you even entertain the idea.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 7:16:40 PM PST
Patrick says:
Depends on your child. If you think he's mature enough then yes, otherwise no. I know many teens that couldn't handle it, but there are some who can.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 8:35:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 15, 2012 8:38:56 PM PST
My brother was 10 years old when i bought this game when i was 17. He is now 13 and still plays this game. Also plays call of duty battlefield and other games of that nature. What is it with violence? Isnt nudity worse? We do live in America no the UK. Violence is ok in america but god forbid you see a tits. now the super bowl is 3 seconds slower these days. Its the opposite way in the UK. God forbid some one get killed. But you can see Tits all day.

If you feel confident enough that your 15 year old understands that a video game is ENTERTAINMENT and Fiction, kinda like music right? Should be ok. At 15 i would think your son would no fact from fake.

there is nothing wrong with a kid playing a video game as long as they know it is ENTERTAINMENT! if your son understands this he will be ok.

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Posted on Feb 15, 2012 8:42:47 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 15, 2012 8:47:41 PM PST
Be a responsible parent and teach the kid right from wrong, fantasy from fiction and a think I child of any age can play just about anything.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2012 3:05:22 AM PST
Laydi Nite says:
Maybe so, but South Park is inapropriate for that age range as well. Or any age, for that matter. The same is true of the whole Grand Theft Auto series. It's extremely violent, among other problems, and it condones or actively encourages you to kill innocent people and police, steal cars, and pick up prostitutes in-game. Too many people try to push the ratings... showing movies or games to kids and teens that are too young for the content. A few years can make a HUGE differance in their maturity and outlook on life. If you're questioning whether it's alright, the answer is usaually NO.
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