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Parents, Read the ESRB Label Before Buying Your Kid a Game

Richard Cardenas "I believe I speak for the majority of gamers out there who are tired of seeing video games being used as scapegoats and blamed for your child’s misguided actions because you were to lazy, ignorant or just plain stupid to check the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) Ratings label of the game before you bought it for them."

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KMCROC1294d ago

I say to prove to the courts that parents are at fault, every retail store retrain their employees to inform parents the rating on the game but also have pamphlets by the games or posters so if a parent tries to state that they were not informed of the rating or their were no visible sign indicating the rating system these items will tell a different story.

DERKADER1294d ago

Ignorance isn't an excuse in court. Why make the retailers go beyond necessary measures when the rating is already explained on the box?

guitarded771294d ago

NO!!! I'm not gonna waste my time glancing at the rating on the front of a box!!! It's societies job to not offend me or expose my child to inappropriate content!!!

/s/s/s/s/s/s/s <- (for those who can't identify sarcasm because the large stick up their butt broke their meter)

Welshy1294d ago (Edited 1294d ago )

i agree with both KMC and DERKADER to an extent.

I don't think they should be forced to go all out on the offensive with signs everywhere, but at the very least make the cashier ask the parent to sign the receipt or something if a little kid is with them and they have a copy of Mortal Kombat in their hands.

That way if dumb-ass double standard parents try to use "video games made my son do *insert crime*" then it can be thrown out if they don't have a receipt with a little passage of understanding signed?

When parents buy GTA and COD etc for little kids then bitch about them behaving differently or swearing 3 weeks down the line, i think they need to have a good look in the mirror.

It's kinda like me buying a psycho an assault rifle from a local gun store then pleading to a judge "but i didn't know he would go shoot people! i only gave him a gun!". It's a bit like the "spoons made me fat" argument too.

ApolloTheBoss1294d ago (Edited 1294d ago )

This is probably the only I'll give kudos to Gamestop, seeing as though they at least try to keep M rated games outta kid's hands. But parents still want to bitch about how its their money and they can't tell them what or what not to buy. Hypocrites.

Cam9771294d ago

I thoroughly agree. Something needs to be done, maybe start showing graphic scenes in TV ads but even then, people would moan at that.

Tone1294d ago

They should just put on proper ratings like they do for movies..pg 12 15 18 on the front. That would probably sort out any confusion!

Deku-Johnny1294d ago

Here in the UK our game boxes have ages on them instead of letters. We still get parents trying to blame their children's bad behaviour on games.

RickHiggity1294d ago

If your kid has an M rated game, it's probably the parents fault. I doubt some kid got $60 on his own and bought the game without anyone asking for ID.

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