superglucose wrote:maxh wrote:Arnold Schwarzenegger, '80s action star and governor of California, has passed a law banning the sale of "violent" video games to anyone under the age of 18.
Let me put it this way:
For all of my life I have campaigned against this idea of "Gee Willikers bewbs = mature" because everyone has nipples, pretty much everyone has or wants to have sex, etc. etc. How are penises mature content if at least half of all people under the age of 2 have seen one?
But as for the violence issue, I believe Yahtzee said it correctly: it is obviously incorrect to say that Halo is turning our youth into gun-toting crazed-killing machines, but it's also somewhat... questionable... to say that a game like Manhunt won't have an effect on kids in terms of desensitizing them to violence.
My compromise with myself is this: don't let the kids buy M rated games in the same way you don't let the kids buy tickets to R rated movies. `ro. Oh, and also to campaign against the way a lot of games try to appear edgy by adding in gore. Dark games are not (necessarily) games in which everything is a headless zombie. Example: Morrowind was a very dark game, with a huge undercurrent of corruption, racism, hatred, etc. and it managed it all without gore. Games that use spectacle in place of actual quality drive me bonkers, and I feel like it's these games (Manhunt comes to mind) that belong to the class of games that make me feel it's ok to restrict the sale of violent games.
So... the ESRB. And basically every retailer I've ever been in that sells video games, as whenever I buy something M rated I see a flash on the screen with the "Is the customer 18?" flash by as the cashier slowly pushes Yes, usually too transfixed by the awesome that is in my obviously over 18 beard. Sometimes they ask if they can stroke it. Occasionally I grant them this boon.
But yeah, seriously... the ESRB is exactly like the board that rates movies. The mechanisms behind it are exactly the same in that generally speaking, if they let a 8 year old buy a ticket for an R rate movie/buy a M game.. cops aren't going to swarm out of the woodwork and arrest everyone involved as.. no law has been broken. It's all self-regulated.
The problem is fucking parents buying this shit for their kids when the clerk is standing there saying "I.. really don't think this is age-appropriate for your 8 year old son..." and the parent says "Whatever, they want it. It's a video game."
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