Are Computer Games Too Violent For Children?
That was the topic being discussed yesterday on Lite FM’s morning show. I’ve only heard a part of it but I never thought that the (Lite FM) radio announcers and listeners (I think that’s what they call radio DJs nowadays) can be such bigots.
One of the announcers actually suggested some form of ratings to be implemented…hello, heard of the ESRB? It’s hard not to find a game WITHOUT an ESRB rating stuck to the front and on the back cover of a game.
A caller mentioned censorship and that children should be prevented from getting the games. You know what I think? It is not children who are buying the games, the parents do. So, it falls back on the parents being the responsible party in using their better judgment (reading the ESRB rating helps as well) when it comes to purchasing games.
The same radio announcer mentioned that children are playing “the bad guys” more often now in video games and that the graphics are becoming more realistic. Now, these games have evolved for 20 years, in order to serve a market that has aged along with the industry. These games are no longer meant for kids, they are for ADULT consumption.
Having trouble understanding the previous paragraph? Here’s a much simpler analogy: It’s like watching an R-rated film like Saving Private Ryan. Would you bring your kid to watch it?
The video games industry is more or less like the movie industry nowadays. Thought provoking, violent, realistic, escapism, comedy, ponography, whatever concepts you can find in films, you can now find it in video games, and they have indeed come a long way.
Last I need is a couple of old geezers yapping their mouths off on national radio with practically no knowledge on the subject matter being discussed. But on second thought, they can pass off as a comedy dou. Thanks Lite FM. What a way to start a Monday morning…
Note: The same radio announcer introduced Peabo Bryson’s and Regina Belle’s “A Whole New World” as a song from the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack, midway through the discussion. The song is from the Aladdin soundtrack…duh.Powered by Sidelines
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