Submitted by Abriael 607d ago | news

PlayStation Boss Silences Pundit Blaming PS4 for Kids Playing Too Much "Look After Your Kids Better"

This morning Sony Computer Entertainment Europe President Jim Ryan made an appearance on the early morning program BBC Breakfast to talk about the launch of the PS4. Unfortunately the host seemed to have a different agenda and tried to steer the discourse in another direction, lamenting the fact that kids play games too much.

Ryan didn't let himself be intimidated, and put the host in his place. (Jim Ryan, PS4)

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-Foxtrot  +   607d ago | Well said
HA....well said Jim

So they should, it's the same for parents who claim games like GTA or COD are too violent or their kids are acting up because of them...yet they've bought them it.
Mikelarry  +   607d ago
couldn't have said it better we live in a world of blame others but yourself when faced with issues.
LOL_WUT  +   607d ago
"Ryan didn't let himself be intimidated, and put the host in his place." Like a BOSS ;)
sonic989  +   607d ago
yeah people put their failures on others

KIDS are what dragging this medium from maturing
i mean maturing not COD or violence but maturing becoming more well known as a medium where any idea could be implemented without restrictions
HonestDragon  +   607d ago
That line about how parents treat video games as an "electronic baby sitter" rings all too true in many different cases. I cannot tell you how many times in the years I worked retail that parents would leave their kids in the store so they could go to another location. It is completely irresponsible of them to do that. I got paid to maintain the store and help customers, not babysit children. Parents these days need to shape up and be more responsible.
sinjonezp  +   607d ago
This was a significant issue on my radio station this morning with parents calling in.complaining bout.the software. I loved how the host's would ask did you buy it and shut them down by saying why would.you buy games that clearly.have the mature rating on the box. If you are a parent it is your responsibility to monitor the content your kids consume. I havd a daughter and when she was 1-3 it was barney or dora. As she mature she only.see content for.her age. Poing blank. Stop blaming the creators and blame your questionable parenting.tactics.
supes_24  +   607d ago
Mikelarry, I agree 100%. I'm sick and tired of people pointing the finger at everyone else to place blame. I always said "take that finger you're pointing and turn it around". We as a society have become soft and irresponsible willing to throw everyone under the bus so they can make it seem like its someone else's fault for thei mistakes. Pitiful
snipes101  +   606d ago
It's nothing but the market that is holding video games back. Mature games like Cathryn, The Last of Us, and Going Home are just never going to do CoD numbers or establish the fan base it has. Not saying CoD is better, just saying that's the way it is.
irepbtown  +   606d ago
I remember watching this on Friday morning haha, knowing there'd be articles about it. The BBC business presenter was trying to put Ryan on the spot, but a cool, calm response. Just like what LOL_WUT said; 'Like a BOSS'
Abriael  +   607d ago
Yeah, my neighbor knows I work as a gaming writer on a website, and last time my mother came to visit, she (the neighbor) complained with her (my mum) that "my job" is causing hers daughter to get addicted to her xbox...

...That she bought. For which she buys the games. And for which she doesn't use the parental controls at all.
EXVirtual  +   607d ago
You're kidding me.
People love blaming it on everyone else these days.
I'm not a parent, but I think it'd be a good idea to show this article to your neighbour.
EBTpickle  +   607d ago
People just need to take the time to control their kids, oh and interact with them. Then they won't play as many games.
TruthBTold  +   607d ago
I feel like slapping some sense into people who take no responsibility for their actions and specially for parents who don't know how to raise their children and use excuses to blame others for their bad parenting.
HonestDragon  +   607d ago
It sounds like your neighbor is one seriously ignorant parent. She is the one who is enabling her daughter to play and get games for her console. She is basically complaining to your mother, "Your son is responsible for me buying my daughter video games". That's a very long reaching excuse if I ever heard one.
iamnsuperman  +   607d ago
I assume they are Daily Mail readers. Just love complaining
Pogmathoin  +   607d ago
Good to see someone high up state the obvious.... well done!!
Anon1974  +   607d ago
My kids watch too much TV. It's the TV maker's fault!

Ridiculous. How can anyone be this oblivious?
Hicken  +   607d ago
People will do anything to not accept the blame for their own shortcomings. It's far too easy to pass the buck on to someone else than to acknowledge and correct your own screw-ups.
DaGR8JIBRALTAR  +   607d ago
yes sir...so tired of parents pointing the finger at everyone but themselves...smh!
Alex_Boro  +   607d ago
I still do think it's kind of silly how teens can't buy mature games. I mean it's not like a 15 year old will start acting up if they play GTA or COD
Hozi  +   607d ago

I really don't see what the fuss is about to have rated A games....I mean look at movies. A rated R movie can have sex, boobs, vagina shots, and penises....kids can watch Porn with the click of a button these days..it all boils down to proper parenting.
cyclindk  +   606d ago
Or the same ones who blame the drug dealers for their kids snorting, smoking, shooting and popping too much.
Lykon  +   606d ago
This is especially a problem in England where kids are put on a pedestal at a young age. I've just been to Germany and it's so nice to be around well behaved children and parents who aren't hysterically administering to their every want.
KingKelloggTheWH  +   607d ago
Poor parents blame objects for their children being jerks.
willie32  +   607d ago
In today's society people love to blame others for their own mistakes; especially their kids. Once during COD, a young kid was online dropping every obscene word. My buddies and I told him to watch his mouth. The mother literally got on his headset to yell at us for telling him to watch his language. We asked her for their address so we could send her "Mother of the Year" award.
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KingKelloggTheWH  +   606d ago
Wow....thats just sad
Goku781  +   607d ago
Very well put.
mrmarx  +   607d ago
For The Gamers! way to fight the media attacks sony
Relientk77  +   607d ago
It's called parenting, something parents these days don't even know how to do properly.

Buying their children mature games like GTA for example
MatrixxGT  +   607d ago
My parents used to buy me games like GTA and Goldeneye 007. I played them a LOT. I was also taught to be respectful, honest, and damn well know right from wrong. Do bad in school? No nintendo,no friends, no going outside. There was no Internet or smartphones, social media. It didn't take long to realize there's Consequences for your actions.
I had Goldeneye taken away for the whole summer because I didnt come when dinner was ready. Sucked because neighborhood kids would come over for some 4vs4 and I had the only setup. I was really embarrassed to have to tell my friends my mom took the game somewhere.
Morale is parents buy the kids what they want without knowing what it is and then happy that the child doesn't bug them anymore. Then said child doesnt have anything to do with the parents because they arent shown attention. Next thing you know your kids done went out and stabbed someone.
KashmirZep  +   607d ago
Well... that escalated quickly. :)
kenshiro100  +   607d ago
Same with me. I played some violent games but I still had respect for my parents and family. My parents and family are from Barbados and they were super strict. I did something wrong- no TV or videogames.
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MoonConquistador  +   607d ago
There was a programme on ITV (rival British tv corporation) which was discussing why so many 3 & 4 year olds have tablets and mobile phones for entertainment. That's far more disturbing
Fluke_Skywalker  +   607d ago
To be fair I let my son who is 2.5 years old use my ipad, I obviously don't let him on it for long as I'm not a shit parent. But in a lot of ways it has been good for him, he learns a lot through some of the apps. In between the piles of shite f2p games and micro transactions there is actually some really good educational apps for kids.
At not even 3 years old he knows the full alphabet, and not just remembering the song, he can identify each and every letter. He can also count perfectly to 20 and again identify each and every number perfectly. He can also read some words already.
I know for a fact that most 3 year olds can't do any of that stuff, because their parents just let them play with teddies and soft play all day while they sit and drink coffee with their friends. Christ some of the kids in my sons nursery class can hardly even speak properly never mind spell their own name!
The only people who complain about technology are people who don't understand it and it's benefits.
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DeadMansHand  +   607d ago
Agreed. Also, there are a lot of great apps that help kids learn to read and use reasoning for making decisions. This isn't 1913 its 2013. Kids are going to be using technology in their future jobs. They need to have the human interaction and computer integration balance.

Send em out to play after school. Eat dinner then homework. If after that they choose internet over TV then let them have at it. My 16 year old daughter can multitask like a champ but also knows when to focus. Her typing skills are FAR greater than mine were at 16. She understands different OS, apps and can hunt info down like a detective. All great skills is you ask me.
XXXL  +   607d ago
But but but that would mean parents actually have to........ Parent! Holy shit what a concept. Any idiot can bring a child into this world it's the ones that raise him/her right that deserve applause
Riderz1337  +   607d ago
Lmao so the host said that parents get upset when they walk into their kids room and they're playing video games all the time?

Guess what, take away their console! I mean damn, I wish some of these people were my parents and they let me get away with everything! If my mom caught me playing games all day every time she came into my room you can be sure that console would be in the trash the next day.

What's up with parents and being so afraid of their kids? Take a little initiative and make sure they're not playing video games all day. It's not the companies fault, it's YOUR fault.
I_am_Batman  +   607d ago
It's like they got children and don't know what to do with them now. I'm playing games all my life. My dad bought a Sega Genesis when I was 3 years old. But my parents didn't put me infront of it all day. I acquired different hobbies like playing with my friends outside, reading books, playing guitar and many more over time. Parents should just show their kids that different kind of thing can be fun. Do they expect the children to learn about life by themselves?
DestinyHeroDoomlord  +   606d ago
Saw a video the other day of a child bullying a teacher, teacher took the child by the arm out the class, then the kid hit the teacher multiple times. The teacher then walked away while 'ALL THE KIDS' where laughing and cheering on the kid for bullying the teacher... it just sickened me watching it and still sickens me thinking about it.
TheRealHeisenberg  +   606d ago
Holy crap. Those kids and their parents need their asses whooped. I would still be in a coma if I ever raised my hand to an adult.
Triforce_Germaine  +   607d ago
Love this guy.
I get yelled at for playing games all the time by my parents and it aggravates me. Playing games is my main form of entertainment, its what i do and love. I'll spend time with my loved ones, but theres days i feel like laying back and play my Nintendos and Playstations.
Langkasuka  +   607d ago
Hahaa, my folks too. Threw away my Battle Beasts CD when they saw how 'undisciplined' I was over the family's PC. Must have been almost 20 years ago. But now with a steady job, paying for my own gaming stuff AND 2 nephews climbing all over me, I very much appreciate what my parents had thought about moderation and respecting the things we shared with others. :)
Abriael  +   607d ago
Haha my parents were extremely strict when I was younger. I was allowed only one hour of video games a day for a long time before I was finally allowed to play more freely.

Though, I have to say my dad did get me my first spectrum 48k when I was 6, so it all balances out :D
MrDead  +   607d ago
Jim Ryan just punched the hosts face..... in the face!
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Majin-vegeta  +   607d ago
Hmmm wonder how long he had this pent up inside and just wanted to release it??
e-p-ayeaH  +   607d ago
Finaly some words of wisdom.
jdktech2010  +   607d ago
holy crap....common sense

Such a hard thing to find these days.
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cell989  +   607d ago
lazy ass parents cant take their kids out to the park anymore, of course the f-ing kid is going to just want to play videogames
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PurpHerbison  +   607d ago
Don't be afraid to smack your kid across the lips either.
DestinyHeroDoomlord  +   606d ago
That's a bit excessive
PurpHerbison  +   606d ago
It works.
TheRealHeisenberg  +   606d ago
It is absolutely necessary in some cases. Parents just have to know when.
iiwii  +   607d ago
So glad to hear him say that. I get so tired of people blaming all of their ineptitude on others. Nobody is willing to look into the mirror and take responsibility for their own actions, or lack of actions. It's about time someone told them they have a responsibility as parents.
not_quite_a_jedi  +   607d ago
For a minute I was thinking there would finally be a thread without any disagress. I suppose it just feels unnatural to people,they have to restore the balance. ;-)
Hipflask  +   607d ago
Yes well said. Sick and tired of people constantly looking for someone else to blame for their own shortcomings. At the end of the day, you are the parent.
DialgaMarine  +   607d ago
Oh my god, Jim Ryan. Thank YOU! You sir are now brilliant in my book. It's seriously about someone finally said it. If a parent doesn't have the responsibility level and discipline to take care of their own kids, it doesn't make any sense for them to lose their c*ck sucking minds when their kids turn into garbage because they use the video games and the TV as a babysitter, and in turn blame those respective organizations. If you're gonna have kids, then fucking raise them your damn self. Enough of this Ipad generation bullshit. This is what's wrong with the US.
Enigma_2099  +   607d ago
FINALLY. Someone came out and said it.
My parents used to be like that. It's funny actually, I would turn off the PlayStation when ever I heard one of them coming home from work or something. Then would pretend like I was watching TV lol.

Overtime, my dad eventually left us and then it was just me, my mom, and sister. As I grew up and matured she stopped questioning why I was still playing games.

She understands that I'm mature enough to decide how much I want to play and as you grow up and start having obligations, You find that your free time quickly diminishes and eventually you find a day off from work precious to just kick back and play for the day with friends online or over at your house.

Good on Jim though. Tired of the pundits that keep pinning this on the companies that make the violent games and not the parents themselves.
kenshiro100  +   607d ago
That man said what I always wanted to say for years. Well said.
Revvin  +   606d ago
Good to hear some blunt common sense answers. Nobody wants to take personal responsibility, it's all about pushing the blame onto something else - gaming, drink, cigarettes etc. As Jim Ryan rightly said its all about taking responsibility for your own kids, set them times to play and spend some time with them rather than just use the TV and games console as a babysitter. I'm sick of hearing people moan about violent video games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto and then I walk into a shop like GAME and there are parents standing in line with their kids buying those games for them. They are 18 certificate for good reason and shops can be prosecuted for selling to under age customers. They wouldn't walk into a newsagent and buy their kid a pornographic magazine just because they wanted it.
DestinyHeroDoomlord  +   606d ago
There's a saying that goes; take the plank out of your own eye first, before pointing out the splinter in someone else's.
JessiePinkmanYo  +   606d ago
I'm overweight. It's the spoons fault for making me fat.
fattyuk  +   606d ago
I blame the burgers,
Kamikaze135  +   606d ago
This is possibly one of the very few times a rep has said something that makes so much sense, lol. Parents are to desperate to find a scapegoat for their poor parenting. They blame movies, video games, friends, etc. However, I've seen kids that play the most terrible of games and get influenced into stupidity each day, but they're actually smart enough to stay away from the bad stuff. Why? They have good, caring, and involved parents.
Pixelgate  +   606d ago
Anyone have a video for this?
WMANUW  +   606d ago
"Game. Set. Match. I couldn’t think of a better and more appropriate response, and it’s honestly saddening that the mainstream media still tries to blame video games over the responsibilites of parents like they were some kind of electronic baby sitter.
Well played, Mr. Ryan. Well played."

totally agree, great jim, I hate moralizing...
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