Kids and Violent Video Games


  Kids and Violent Video Games

The Truth About Kids Under 17 years Old Playing Rated-M Video Games:Are you a person who loves to play video games? Do you play games like Halo, Call of Duty, Gears of War, and other games that are rated M? Lots of parents and adults don’t like their children to play violent games just because it has a bad rating and they begin to judge the game without knowing enough about it. Parents and adults are right about watching out for what ratings are on their kids games, but just because a game is rated M, doesn’t mean it’s rated M.

 The Symbol on the Box  

Video games, like movies, receive a rating based on their content. The rating system is very similar to movies. Here is the rating chart for video games:

*EARLY CHILDHOODTitles rated EC (Early Childhood) have content that may be suitable for ages 3 and older. Contains no material that parents would find inappropriate.
*EVERYONETitles rated E (Everyone) have content that may be suitable for ages 6 and older. Titles in this category may contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
*EVERYONE 10+Titles rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) have content that may be suitable for ages 10 and older. Titles in this category may contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
*TEENTitles rated T (Teen) have content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.
*MATURETitles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.
*RATING PENDINGTitles listed as RP (Rating Pending) have been submitted to the ESRB and are awaiting final rating. (This symbol appears only in advertising prior to a game's release.)

    *                        *                       Games That are Rated M like Halo: Reach show the rating on the cover and the content that gave it the rating on the back as shown*                        *                        *                       *                   

What is Rated M?

 For those of you who are either adults or kids who don’t play video games, this rating is intended for the ages of 17 and older. These games have things like language, blood, violence, and other types of content that gives the game its rating. On the back of the case you will find out why the game got this rating (not just for rated M games). Also not all rated M games get rated for the same content.Popular retailers like Gamestop, Walmart, Best Buy, and many big stores usually ask for identification or I.D. to prove you are old enough to buy these games by yourself. If you aren’t of age you need an adult to purchase the game for you. Almost all kids who play these type of games know this and they know something you might not know. Minor stores can and might sell these games to kids under age. Now they should check the age of kids when they are being purchased, but they aren’t required to. 

A Bill in Place

In california, there is a bill that will try to stop minors from purchasing these games at any stores. If the salesman or retailer is caught selling these games to minors they can be fined with up to $1,000 dollars per violation. Now I as well as adults and parents can see why this bill is being put into place but is this really necessary? Lets look at what is bad about children under 17 playing rated M video games. 

 Rated M... The Risk

So there are reasons why games get their rated M rating from the ESRB and they are right in their rating system. Lots of different games have come out that kids have wanted to get their hands on that they shouldn’t. These games include the popular Grand Theft Auto series, a game where children can beat up people, steal, shoot, hijack cars and other unlawfully things. Elliot Kaiser, 18, of Dallas played the first "Grand Theft Auto" when it came out. He was 12 years old.  "The first one wasn't that bad," he says. "It wasn't as graphic as the recent ones. It had bad graphics. It was sort of like Pac Man meets Grand Theft Auto." Now that technology is more advanced the graphics that makes the game details and visuals stunning, there is more opportunity to show more blood and give more visual effects. Also not all kids should be allowed to play these types of video games because a 6 year old kid shouldn’t be playing Assasin’s Creed where there is blood and you are controlling a assassin. Another reason is language that your child can pick up in a rated M game. There are many more reasons that parents, researchers, and other adults try to use like crime increase in kids, gangs, and many other things but is this the truth? 

 Once A Video Game, Always a Video Game

Dear all adults who complain about rated M video games being bad for kids, READ ON!             As a 14 year old I play rated M games with weapons, blood, language, and all the other types of content that makes a game rated M and I enjoy them. All of my friends play these games as well and I play online with people. My mom is aware of this as well and she knows the content that it has, but what she does rather that a lot of adults is to make sure that I am aware that this is a VIDEO GAME!

Kaiser, a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, recently joined the Navy. He compares playing the game to being inside a movie or a television show.

"You think how thrilling that must be to have all those cars chasing you while you're swerving in and out of traffic. It's a way of experiencing something that no one usually experiences in everyday life. If I wanted to be experiencing that in everyday life, I would be doing it, not playing a game about it."

Kaiser plays Halo too. What he likes best about it is that it's a multi-player game that he can share with his friends. "There are four of us playing at once. That's the main attraction."
Other games like the popular Call of Duty franchise lets kids play in the shoes of a soldier in wars like World War 2, The Vietnam War, Iraq War, And the newest installment, Call Of Duty Black Ops, lets you play in the Cold War. In my opinion, many rated M games can be played at the age of 12 to 14, but depending on the game, parent, and child. Call Of Duty: Black Ops lets you play in the cold war. It also offers great multiplayer and only shows mild blood and language. 


Think About It… The Controversy behind Minors and Rated M games is a big one. Many different Issues can be brought in the table and both sides have their point. But at the end of the day it is up to the children and parents to decide if they will purchase a rated M game. So If your under 17 and your parents lets you buy these games that’s you. As for those of you who can’t get these games you’ll have to wait until your

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one part of the article I

one part of the article I connected to was how this author had showed how the ratings of video games are laid out just like how the people show the lay out on each video game case.

good work

good work

i am not letting my little

i am not letting my little sisters play rated m anymore nice artical.