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UK Press Pins Blame For Sandy Hook Massacre On Video Games


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Posted on Dec 19, 2012 6:20:58 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012 6:22:36 AM PST
Lucanus says:
Does anybody think stores should be mandated to card for violent/adult video games? I love video games and thus against censorship, but I do think adult games/movies/music should be like alcohol, we should card. I don't think a 10 year old kid should be able to purchae God of War. Don't misunderstand me, I am not saying video games cause violence, this is just a general belief I have. A unpopular one at that. My point is I think if we carded for adult games, it would get this anti video game groups to STFU for awhile. Though the industry is obvious against it, because Rockstar knows full well a huge chunk of their sales are to minors. :)

*prepares to be downvoted and bashed into oblivion*

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 6:27:41 AM PST
the BBC is different - it's a tv channel/radio channel, and yeah it's fine. the best TV for news (in the UK) is channel 4 tbh

i had a BBC news app on my phone for a while, but i ditched it for CNN world news - better presentation :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 6:28:03 AM PST
Beau says:
I thought they already did that?

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 6:28:09 AM PST
T. Montana says:
As Chris Rock once said "Whatever happened to CRAZY? Why can't people just be crazy anymore?"

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 6:34:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012 6:35:08 AM PST
Lucanus says:
I believe some stores such as Walmart do card, but it isn't a federal mandate. The carding policy is store dependant. I do think carding would hurt games sales, I imagine many minors purchase CoD, GTA, Gears, GoW, etc. But I do think we should help keep adult content out of the hands of minors. If a parent is ok with violent video games, at least carding forces them to put forth effort and pay some attention to what their kids are playing by making them purchase the game. Again I hold this belief for music and movies as well. We keep porn and alcohol away from minors for a reason. Video games can be rather adult, I do think we can drastically improve our carding system. God of War, while a fantastic game and one of my favorites, isn't made for 10 year old kids. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 6:35:17 AM PST
OP says:
Several months back, I was perusing the video game section in a Best Buy when I saw a little kid trying to convince his parents to buy him Mass Effect 3. I suspect this is a fairly typical scenario; the parents are more likely to be the ones purchasing the game than the little kid is, and carding the parents isn't going to matter. That being said, most of the stores I would enter did ask for ID (regardless of whether you were purchasing something rated M or not).

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 6:36:24 AM PST
Soulshine says:
Do we really keep porn and alcohol away from minors though?

I mean, we might try to.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 6:37:20 AM PST
JJ4prez says:
Dynasty Warriors, lmao

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 6:37:24 AM PST
I think somebody mentioned it already but the Sun is basically the British Enquirer, so this is the "British Press" as much as US Magazine or Fox News is the "American Press".

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 6:40:55 AM PST
Beau says:
Putting the blatant non-sequitur aside, Fox News does have a tendency to sensationalize things.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 6:42:45 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012 6:43:57 AM PST
Lucanus says:
Sure there are ways around it, but I do think the number of minors who purchase alcohol and porn is greatly reduced than it would be if we just let them buy it whenever they feel like it. I see a ton of minors with b-day money, xmas money, etc purchasing adult games. I wonder if the parents have a clue and just don't care or if they would throw a fit if they knew. Who knows, but I think carding isn't a big deal. Overall I think it would be great for the industry against these anti-violent videogame morons. When they complain a child grew up on "Doom" the industry can say, blame the parents, we card for our adult games. Just a thought. As a parent myself I plan on paying attention to what my kids are doing, but it would be helpful if stores didn't randomly sell them adult items without thinking twice about it. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 6:44:23 AM PST
JO MOMMA says:
gamestop is required to check ID for the sale of certain games. Maybe it depends in you state but they do it here in Virginia.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 6:45:15 AM PST
Beau says:
Parents definitely need to take a more active role in what their child watches and plays. They need to read the content advisory on the back of the game.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 6:51:42 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012 6:52:48 AM PST
Soulshine says:
I guess I agree, just didn't like the comparison for some reason. And I still get carded sometimes for games. I'm in my late twenties with a full beard and don't get carded for alcohol, so I'm thinking sometimes it's a store policy that they enter a birthdate. Not sure if it needs to be a federal mandate really.

The important thing here is the parents. Video gaming is the EASIEST thing to monitor. Yeah liquor and porn they might get it and sneak away somewhere. To play a console game you need that expensive console, a TV, electricity, maybe internet connection. How hard is it to look over their shoulder or just ask them what a certain game is all about?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 6:56:40 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012 6:58:03 AM PST
Lucanus says:
I agree, especially with the latter part. Especially when I believe most video game systems have parental controls built into the darn machine. At least I know the 360 does. I think the problem I am starting to have with violent games for children, blood isn't cartoony anymore. Games are approaching photo realistic. I wouldn't think twice about my kids playing blocky, slow moving Goldeneye 64. But the newest CoD is another thing not just with graphics but with sound as well. And I am very anti censorship. I think adults should be able to view and enjoy any material they see fit, but I do believe in doing what we can to keep it out of the hands of our children. It is a very tough balancing act. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:03:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012 7:06:47 AM PST
FOGE says:
Why is everyone asking for this? They are legally obligated to do this. Whether they actually do it is another thing, but I remember when I was 16, they finally started to card people. State of Emergency was the only game I had to have my mom buy for me bc of the age requirement. When I was a 14 and I bought GTA III without getting carded.

Edit: I see I was ninjad and you already answered this.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:08:22 AM PST
FOGE says:
Wii and PS3 do as well. In fact, the PS3 parental control is very in depth. There are 10 or so levels of different content.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 7:16:19 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:19:08 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012 7:20:11 AM PST
Soulshine says:
I can definitely understand a shift in opinion along with a boost in the detailed realism in games. When I was young I was playing "violent" games, that seemed like super graphics at the time but really everything fell on the more cartoony side. The Cerebral Bore in Turok sure is violent, but it was really just a fun thing for a kid to do. Also, we were playing with friends in the same room - and I usually was playing with my dad, or we were watching each other play video games. It just had a different vibe than a kid today playing online MP for hours alone in his bedroom.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 7:19:25 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
Funny that they blame CoD when the shooter was a fan of StarCraft.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:20:38 AM PST
I loved the Cerebral Bore.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:22:59 AM PST
Soulshine says:
That dentist-drill sound was the best.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:31:33 AM PST
Made going to the dentist all the more... heart wrenching.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:44:43 AM PST
Lucanus says:
At the end of the day parents just need to be actual parents. Not part time half interested parents. I will without a doubt put parental locks on my children's videogames. I believe Nintendo even has a timer on theirs, it can only be played so much within a given period of time. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:50:58 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
My brothers and I played Mortal Kombat on Genesis with blood, Grand Theft Auto, and a lot of other violent games and were watching rated R movies since we were 10, and we didn't shoot up any public places.
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