Should Parents Not Be Allowed To Buy Games For Underage Kids?

The problem of kids playing under-age video-games is growing. There should be different methods and regulations made by retailers. Especially with GTA V.

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Excalibur1128d ago

Yes but in the same token they shouldn't.

minimur121128d ago (Edited 1128d ago )

I was under the impression it was illegal for a minor to play Adult (or games over their age range)

spoiler for GTA V - halfway through campaign
I work at a leisure center, and we opened the bar for the Karate competition, and a dad spoke about it saying his kids want it - theyre 14 and 13.

I told him how your kids really shouldn't play it, and I said ' I don't want to be.... a douche , how you can go into your sons room and smoke weed, there's a torture scene where you pull out someones teeth with pliers and pour gasolene over there face - and he said, well I guess they arent going to play that then.

After he said - sounds more like a game for me :)

I was like - mission accomplished-

jamespetergriff1128d ago

Hello, I am the writer of this story. It is NOT illegal to own, play, or purchase an "M" rated game if you are underage. Stores can sell M games to minors if they so choose.

raWfodog1128d ago


I don't know why you received disagrees from many people. There is actually no state or federal laws prohibiting the sale of M-rated games to minors. It is definitely left up to the stores to decide if they want to sell these games to minors...unless they were disagreeing for some other reason.

Joe9131127d ago

I think it should be illegal if they going to blame these games for every violent act that happens they need to make sure kids are not playing the games if they wont do that then if yo kid plays GTAV and go do something stupid then parent is blamed not the game

kayoss1128d ago (Edited 1128d ago )

In the United States Minors can not buy M rated games without an adult. Its not illegal to buy M rated games but stores are advised not to sell M rated games to minors. However with that say, we should allow parents to buy M rated games for minors or else we are violating the Constitution. But the parents should be given a consent form that they need to read and sign stating that they are aware of the content of the game is not meant for minors and they are purchasing this game with that knowlege. The form should be kept by the store just in case some idiot parents decided to complain or sue.

Excalibur1128d ago


"However with that say, we should allow parents to buy M rated games for minors or else we are violating the Constitution."

hence my "Yes but in the same token they shouldn't."

ErcsYou1128d ago

I would laugh in a retailers face if they wanted me to sign a consent form for a video game. I think i can raise my kids better than our government can. The US government promotes war and racism while our medias biggest storys are about murder and rape. I would rather ban TV before video games. The M rating is a joke anyways. I will NOT let my kids play GTA5 but by the rating system only a senior in high school is allowed to play Diablo 3, please. I see worse on TV every day.

kayoss1127d ago

No one is questioning your parenting skill. I have no doubt that you can raise your kids a lot better then the government. But there are parents out there who will buy their kids anything to shut them up and then turn around and blame the establishment that they bought said game from. No parents will blame themselves for their mistakes because admitting that they are wrong is admitting their failure as a parent. So the scapegoat becomes the vendors and the developers. I know not all parents are irresponsible but you will be surprise at how many are.

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Delive1128d ago

Sadly, this would be impossible to enforce. Parents will buy with or withoyt their kids present. They would buy online or dl from psn or xbl. If a block is placed on underage profiles, parents would create a profile to allow it. I know several parents like this. Hell, even I have created an of age profile for my underage son to access ps home and allowed him to play re5 and rdr. He is 15 and I feel those are ok as long as we talk about what he is playing. He has not played any gta game though (under my supervision).

diepdiep1128d ago

It's amazing how common sense is absent with these parents.

kayoss1128d ago

Its funny how they're the first to complain when their kids go wacko.

majiebeast1128d ago (Edited 1128d ago )

Yes plus Adult rating needs to be used more by ESRB/PEGI, for games like TLOU,Bioshock Infinite and GTA V. Makes it harder for these "parents" to give far too graphical games to their kids.

Annoyed gamer did an entire segment on GTA V not suited for kids.

Blues Cowboy1128d ago (Edited 1128d ago )

IMO parents should pay closer attention to their children's hobby or enjoy it with them, and buy games accordingly. Or, you know, sometimes sit down with them while they're playing and put what they're doing into context.

It will never be possible to completely stop parents buying games for minors (it's technically illegal here in the UK, but practically impossible to prevent), but as diepdiep says above, a little common sense would go a long way.

hulk_bash19871128d ago

This should not be an issue if parents would actually, I don't know, BE RESPONSIBLE PARENTS.

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