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This is how you practice responsible parenting with GTA 5

GameZone writes, "Patrick Scott Patterson, video game personality and renaissance man, knows what the's talking about when it comes to video games. Yesterday, he posted a video to his YouTube channel that shows his oldest son, Brody, holding up a copy of Grand Theft Auto 5 and talking about it."

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cleft51037d ago

I just can't agree with a kid this young getting GTA5, but it is the decision of the parents. If the mom and dad or older kids is playing the game with the kid and regulating what they can and cannot play, than I guess it is fine.

Still, it seems like a bad call to me but I am not going to force my morality choices on another person.

OriginalPSP1037d ago

Did you watch/read it and notice that he DIDN'T get the game and explains why himself?

Riggans421037d ago

He didn't get the game. The father made his son explain why he's not allowed to play it.

exfatal1037d ago

obviously u didnt watch or read the actually article..

cleft51037d ago

My statement is made in general for those parents who will let kids this young get the game, because they do exist.

AngelicIceDiamond1037d ago (Edited 1037d ago )

I'm glad this father understands exactly what kinda game he bought.

This isn't COD though its rated M and kids still get there hands on it (for obvious reasons)

R* push the content a bit when it comes to the graphic nature of this GTA game. GTA is a true rated "M" game if not rated "A". Not only is there nudity but its HIGHLY violent and lots a disturbing (Mostly Trevor) moments that kids absolutely should not experience in games.

I applaud this parent for taking action, but other parents are just stupid and hypocritical and will ALWAYS blame the game they bought their kid.

Little 10 year old billy beat up two kids at school for absolutely no reason. He goes to the principles office and he says "I did it/saw it in GTA." The principle gets mad at the parents, the parents are so embarrassed they desperately try to put the blame on somebody else or something else. And what do you know, 9 O clock fox news reports a 10 year beats up kids because he played/watch GTA. "Grand Theft Auto strikes again lets ban/ boycott this franchise.

Just an example that Happens every time.

Or

A game like GTA gets released only 4 to 5 years later down the road. Some random psychopath kills somebody and it just so happens he mentions GTA and suddenly the media ignites with "Grand Theft Auto does it again." So lets blame GTA and generalize that ALL gamers are potential killers.

Rant over.

lilbrat231037d ago

Did most of you even watch the video? The kid NEVER got the game, he is explaining why he (the child) is NOT allowed to play the game. This is what a parent SHOULD be doing with their child.

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gigoran1037d ago

So by your logic it is ok for the parents to give that kid smokes and alcohol too. k....

SilentNegotiator1036d ago

I can understand not reading the entirety of a lengthy article before commenting sometimes, but you couldn't watch a 1 minute embedded clip first?

brodychet1036d ago

my name is brody too. :B

omi25p1036d ago

I was playing Mortal Kombat when i was his age.

I practically grew up playing 18 rated games.

Yet i've never so much as punched someone let alone reinacted scenes from those games.

If the parent monitors the child while they are playing i see no issue.

gigoran1036d ago

It's the situation.

Something that is restricted for people under a certain age to purchase so they have someone else purchase it for them. Alcohol, smokes, porn... and games. The people that sell these other things will not allow the purchasing adult to buy them if they know it is intended for someone that is under the legal age. Yet these guys are warning them, but then still selling it to them after they insist. If they want to be serious about it then just flat out refuse. It would get them fired? Ok. But that is a risk that someone would take if they were serious about that matter.

FriedGoat1036d ago

@omi25p I too was playing Mortal Kombat at that age, but mortal kombat is cartoon violence, its nothing next to the graphic sex talk and subject matter in gta 5.

Mortal Kombat of old is CHILDSPLAY in comparison.

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Lior1037d ago

I remember getting gta San Andreas on release when I was 10, I was soooo happpyyy

HammadTheBeast1037d ago

I played GTA when I was 9. Still, GTA is not appropriate anymore for a 9 year old. It's not just a couple pixels anymore, it's more lifelike than ever.

Parent gotta realize this.

I'm not saying don't buy the game. I'm saying, carefully explain to the child that it is a game and what's up with it, and then monitor him playing it.

FamilyGuy1037d ago

*Watches video*

...My name is FamilyGuy and I Approve this message!

I don't get why some parents are smart enough not to take their kid to an R-rated film yet dumb enough to buy them a Mature-rated game.

assdan1037d ago

I love the guy who made this video. It's sad that these kinds of videos need to be made, but anti GTA crusaders need to realize something, gaming is not for kids anymore. It's for everyone. The average gamer in today's world is 30 years old. Which would make sense. That means that all of the 30-50 year olds that started playing games when they were 10 are still playing now. 68% of gamers are over 18 now. That means that Probably at least 75- 80% of gamers could legally obtain GTAV without parental consent. People need to get with the times, if you don't think a game is appropriate for your kids, don't let them play it.

Eonjay1036d ago

And this is why you should always watch/read before you comment. My comment is in error.

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goldwyncq1037d ago

If you really don't want your kid to play GTA, the don't let him know that you're playing it or risk yourself looking like a hypocrite.

IcicleTrepan1037d ago

That argument makes no sense.

swishersweets200311037d ago

@icicle trepan he's trying to say, when a parent says do as i say not as i do. Like i can play GTA 5 but you cant.. so if the kid caught him playing gta5 he would be a hypocrite because its good enough for me but not good enough for you. It's like when a parent says dont drink or smoke but sits up on a friday night drinking a case and a pack of cigars.

IcicleTrepan1037d ago

@swishersweets20031 he might be trying to say that but it's logically incorrect.

An adult playing a game designed for adults is not being hypocritical when that same adult doesn't allow the underaged kid to play it. The kid is not mentally ready for it.

It's the same as saying 'you are not allowed to watch R or X rated movies if you have kids unless you let them also watch the R or X rated movies, otherwise you are a hypocrite.' It does not make logical sense.

goldwyncq1037d ago

I didn't say don't play GTA if you have a kid, but rather don't let him know that you're playing it. That's like dangling a piece of meat to a lion and expecting the lion not to devour it.

vigilante_man1037d ago

Don't be daft guys. If I tell a 10 year old kid not to drive a car and then they see me driving a car it is not hypocritical. It is the law and it is responsible.

Nothing wrong in setting boundaries. If I tell a kid not to play M or 18 rated games then I will not play them in front of them either. But I will play them because I am over 18.

Kids gotta learn the word NO at some point!!!

ravinash1036d ago

What needs to be done is you can sit the kid down and talk to him/her and make clear why he/her can't play the game.
If you tell them why he can't and for what reasons, you can also tell them why someoe your age can play it....that way there is no hypocisy.

Mind you, if your not allowing him to play the game because of the M rated reasons... you shouldn't be playing it in front of him either, otherwise he'll just be seeing all the stuff he isn't mant to see anyway.

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OriginalPSP1037d ago

That happens to be my son there... and I'm the voice in the vid.

Brody has been taught that there's things okay for adults to do that are not okay for kids to do. We try to be real with the little guy in this regard... rather than sugar coat the world like too many other parents do, in my opinion.

How that would make me look like a hypocrite I do not understand. Should I also not let him know that I watch Rated R movies and The Walking Dead?

vikingland11037d ago (Edited 1037d ago )

I agree,my kids are adults now and they are gamers.Parenting is the most important thing I have ever done in my life.All 3 of my kids are individuals but they all had the same upbringing. You never really know how a child is going to end up as an adult but as a parent it is your job to raise them to the best of your ability.I would have done the same thing you are doing. By the way all 3 of my kids went to college 2of them quit and 1 got her bachelors degree. My point being keep doing what you think and feel is right and your son will most likely grow up with good morals and values. Good job.

Thisisjuju1037d ago

I find it so odd that basic parenting like this seems like such a far fetched concept to some people.

I really believe we do have a problem with blame culture, it seems to be everyone elses problem but their own.

This seems to be reflected and ratified in the media.

You can see the problem with younger kids being left to their own devices with mature games and online content every time you put a headset on games like CoD/Halo and have some 8 year old swearing at you like a trooper.

@OriginalPSP, respect for the video. So simple but it makes a strong point.

Enigma_20991037d ago

A responsible parent... imagine that!

OriginalPSP1037d ago

Re: Your lion remark.

My child is not a hungry lion. He knows this isn't for him and won't be attempting to play it without me knowing... as he's been taught.

Kids aren't mindless... they just gotta be taught.

HammadTheBeast1037d ago

You might want to make a video on the apparently "nonexistant" parental options available on consoles as well.

+1

KwietStorm1037d ago

How would I look like a hypocrite? There are REASONS why I can play it and my kid can't.

wannabe gamer1037d ago

yea dont let your kid see you drive a car either. or drink a beer or smoke a cig. cause before you kjnow it they will be stealin yo keys and robbin liquor/tobacco stores to feed their habit that they learned from you.

swishersweets200311037d ago

@wannabe gamer not always true.. in my era, culture and family it is common for children to have a beer with dad or grandpa, or a shot of red wine. i grew up and dont have a alcoholic problem. Never stole nor want to hurt anyone. It all depends on the person and their mentality to handle things.

wannabe gamer1036d ago

i was making an example not trying to be exact. i think i got the point across well enough

iceman061037d ago

There are MANY things that are meant for adults only. There is a reason for that. You are not a hypocrite for telling your CHILD that he or she is not aloud to play a game that is mature...because YOU yourself are mature and aloud to play what you want. KIDS are NOT our equals. THEY need to learn that FAST! As a parent, it really SHOULD be simply DO AS I SAY!!! Period. Parents know what is best for their kids and the kids should know that as well.

ginsunuva1036d ago

He's right.

He means the dad shouldn't already imply that kids his age play the game but his dad is stopping him.

Don't give the idea in the first place. No one had to tell me why an adult movie was for adults.

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menghina1037d ago

I would slap those stupid parents silly...

strigoi8141037d ago

There are still stupid parents...and you cant change a stupid once he is already one

Kuse1037d ago

This is awesome and the way a responsible mature parent should teach their children. Great stuff.

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