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Parents Association Denounces Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Videogames

Today the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against a California law that aimed to turn selling violent games to minors into a crime and the Parent Television Council already released a statement that tries to dispute the validity of said ruling.

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Godmars2903682d ago

How about just putting responsibility in the hands of parents, where it belongs?

I know most are too stupid not to buy GTA for their ten year old even if the store clerk tell them what they're buying, but still.

Abriael3682d ago

yep. I find it absolutely hilarious that they say:
“This ruling replaces the authority of parents with the economic interests of the video game industry."

It's exactly the oppposite. The ruling gives the authority back to the parents. You know, the authority of actually PARENTING instead of demanding others to do it for them.

Yi-Long3682d ago (Edited 3682d ago )

.... to realise they are too stupid to do any actual parenting, so they want their government to do it for them.

Ironically, these are probably the same kinda people who are protesting against universal healthcare and such, saying it's none of the government's business!

Personally, I'm against any form of censorship.

I_find_it_funny3682d ago (Edited 3682d ago )

I don't know how it works in the US and if parents have any idea what ratings are for. In Europe in many countries there are tv spots about PEGI rating systems, many retailers have banners and stands dedicated just to that matter. Informing parents about the rating, urging them to look at the back of the cover to see if it's violent, have drugs, sex, racism, etc.

Of course kids should not be allowed to buy games they're not old enough to play by themselves, that's out of the question in my opinion. It's up to parents to decide assuming they care.

information is the key

DeadlyFire3681d ago

In US there is not a single ad for ESRB. There is not any information spread around to any parents. Its just on the label.

Its not the government they want parenting their kids though you guys got it wrong they want the video games to do all the parenting. That is the problem.

Oxymoron0283682d ago

I'd played plenty of violent video games when I was young. I still have yet to cause massive amounts of bloodshed.

People just can't accept that their kids do stupid things because they are shit parents...

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saladthieves3682d ago (Edited 3682d ago )

Exactly my point. Instead of controlling what their kids are exposed to, they figured that it's too much work and they're too lazy, so instead they want the whole thing banned.

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PirateThom3682d ago (Edited 3682d ago )

I'm not sure where I stand on this, definitely not against freedom of expression in the medium, but I definitely think someone has to look out for what games children are playing because these same groups are the ones who then complain when their children plays a game obviously rated for an older audience and that's a fault as well.

Ideally? Talking to obvious parents who are buying their kids games. I witnessed a store employee on Saturday actively lead a parent and her child to the copies of inFamous 2... now, the kid wanted it and jumped up and down with excitement so kudos to him for good taste... but inFamous is not a kid's game, some very dark tones and some bad language... and that guy knew that woman was buying it for a kid. Education, I think is key and it needs to start with stores, a simple question, "are you buying this for a kid?" and if the answer is "yes" point out the recommended age be it ERSB or PEGI or whatever.

Abriael3682d ago (Edited 3682d ago )

"I definitely think someone has to look out for what games children are playing"

That would be the parents' job. The one at fault there wasn't really (or at least not majorly) the store clerk, but the mother.

PirateThom3682d ago

As I said though, parents are idiots and have no idea what their kids are playing but if little Timmy wants Call of Battlefield 4: Grand Theft Gears of Killzone 5, he's getting it because parents just don't know where to find this information while stores should.

Abriael3682d ago (Edited 3682d ago )

The problem with that is that information is very visible. Many stores have well visible signs that illustrate the ratings (while I agree that all of them should, but this is another matter), and all games have the ESRB/PEGI rating stamped and spelled out on their very box.

"parents are idiots" isn't an excuse. if "parents are idiots" then states should spend taxpayers money in educating the parents that can't do their own job (and not just in relation to videogames), instead of inflating the pockets of shady attorneys to try and pass laws that do the parenting instead of the parents.

Kurylo3d3682d ago

i disagree... its not my tax dollars responsibility to educate stupid people. My tax dollars should be spent on things with a little more relevance.

iceman063682d ago

Actually Pirate....I agree with you on this one. Though, I would stop shy of saying that there should be a law made. There ARE still parents who think that gaming is still a children's hobby. Therefore, all games must be okay for kids. Sure, there are posters in video game stores and ratings on the boxes. But, the retail people have to be a bit more vigilant. (Although, most of the times I witness parents purchase mature content for their kids they could give a damn about the warning that the clerk is obliged to state) All in all, it IS about education. Not the BS that comes from all of these studies about violent content and it's effect on kids. But, the type that will keep those that wish to attack gaming as the next social ill honest about what they are really trying to achieve.

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gamingisnotacrime3682d ago (Edited 3682d ago )

its called parenting

i grew up in the same area as others who went to do criminal activities, my parents made the difference. not some law, or "parenting group"

Saeveth3682d ago

Parents are the ones responsible, in the end. Sure, it would be good and helpful for a business to help make sure parents are aware of ratings, etc.

But still, bottom line, parents are the ones that are in the most control of what their kids are doing, watching, playing. My parents never let me watch movies that were inappropriate, or play games that were. It's not that difficult to ask a few questions to find out what's best for your child.

Parasyte3682d ago

I was the same way, but I think too much control can be a bad thing. Because too much control can actually stunt a child's development and hurt him in the long run. Then again, that is the decision of the parents.

TheKindRoost3682d ago

Why is this such a huge problem while there are more pressing matters like gun control for example.

Jack-Pyro3682d ago

Whoa Whoa Whoa, let's not "jump the gun" here.

BrianC62343682d ago

What nonsense. If these people believe in being good parents this isn't a problem for them. The fact is we already have laws that keep kids from buying games they shouldn't buy. Parents need to do their job better. This California law was going way overboard.

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