Alright, so a couple weeks ago you all got to hear me talk about RPGs with Garth and Graeme. If you haven’t listened to it by now, you really should. How could you miss my shocking confessions and “ploughing” references? This time, you get to hear me say things that made the Xbox guys blush.
You can go on over to Soundcloud or just press play on the pretty sound wave. You even get to hear Garth sing:
Who do you think is ultimately responsible for ensuring kids don’t play games outside their age rating? Is it up to the parents, do retailers need to take responsibility? Why do we even have this discussion when the same system is in place for movies and other entertainment? Also, what are your perceptions of gamers? Do you secretly agree with the stereotypes – I know that I defend the fact that there are a whole bunch of gamers across age, race and gender divides, yet I still think of most gamers as male aged 16-35.
So, we’re hoping to do our first podcast this week. Any questions you’d like us to answer? Anything you want us to chat about so you can hear our awesome and varied opinions?
Last Updated: December 2, 2013
December 2, 2013 at 17:15
“Who do you think is ultimately responsible for ensuring kids don’t play games outside their age rating?”
That would be their parents, and retailers already have some responsibility, they card individuals who are suspected of being under the age rating. That’s as far as they should have to go. Best Buy or Gamestop or whatever other retailer, cannot ensure that the individual standing in front of them with a game and money, aren’t just buying it for a younger friend, sibling, or someone who just asked them in the store.
If parents really cared, they’d be more active in their child’s lives. They’d investigate these titles as the child brings them in the house, when they decide to buy them etc…
These games aren’t cheap, and nobody’s forcing it on anyone. But that doesn’t stop shitty parents from trying to force the task of policing their children’s behavior on the rest of us. The PMRC tried that crap with music, and it’s not going to work here.