blame the evil video game

This baffles me.

A Minnesota organization issued a nationwide parental alert Friday about the video game, “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,” claiming that it contains hidden pornography. A modification can be downloaded from the Internet that allows players to see female characters naked, and show a male and female character engaged in various graphic sexual positions.

If you’re going to let your kid play Grand Theft Auto, steal cars, shoot cops, murder for money, pick up a prostitute, have sex with her, steal all her money, and then beat her to death – then do you really care that he sees some naked animated tits?

I don’t understand the concerns of people in this country. Of all the things to worry about. Murder is wrong, violence is wrong, stealing is wrong. However, sex and nudity are not wrong, or certainly not the biggest of concerns when it comes to this game.

This game is rated MA, which means that your kid has to be 17 to buy it. Trust me, your 17 year-old has already had sex, or at least seen a woman naked before. Your 17 year-old is looking at pornography on his computer already anyway. If your kid is younger than 17, he shouldn’t even be playing this game. If your kid is younger than 17, you, as a parent, need to make sure he doesn’t play this game.

Maybe it’s because I’m still young. Or maybe it’s because I don’t have any children of my own. But I have always enjoyed the Grand Theft Auto series. I know right from wrong, and I know reality from gameplay. Seventeen is a good age to understand the difference between reality and gameplay, and MA is a suitable rating for this game. If your child doesn’t know right from wrong by the time he is 17, you have bigger problems to worry about.

If anything were going to raise the rating to AO (Adults Only) – which they worry about because then stores like Target, Best Buy, and Walmart wont stock the game anymore – why shouldn’t it be the violence that matters and not the sex? Again, let me note – violence is wrong, murder is wrong, stealing is wrong – sex, between two consenting adults after a date, is hardly that wrong.

So, why all the panties in a bunch now?

People in Europe have the right idea, when they generally give higher ratings for violence than sex. People in this country need to get their priorities straight.

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3 thoughts on “blame the evil video game

  1. I agree with every word of this, and I would like to add that parents can’t expect retailers to babysit their children. Do your job as parents and know what your children are buying.

    I used to hate it when parents would come in throwing a fit because their child had purchased a mature video game. I don’t know what the law or store policy is up there, but down here we are not (at least not when I worked in retail) allowed to i.d. kids who were purchasing such games. If parents were doing their jobs, it wouldn’t be such an issue.

    And you’re right, the violence should be the main concern, not sex.

  2. Besides which, it’s a MOD that changes the game. It’s not even the fault of the game itself.

    It’s like saying, “We can’t let kids view the Mona Lisa because someone made a Colorforms set that gives her enormous tits”.

    Honestly. The things some people worry about.

    But you’re right…apparently it’s OK to murder, maim, mutilate…but DON’T LET THEM SEE ANY BOOBIES!

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