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Video Game Ratings

I found out my 5 year olds father was letting him play Call of Duty:Black Ops (sp?) which is not rated T for teen but M for mature!!! I could not believe this! I freaked out on him. He said I am overreacting. Really? I have a COD game that I wont even play while my son is home, cuz he might come into the room. Not to mention the language! His dad says "I played violent games when I was his age" but when he was FIVE games were not even comparable to the highly advanced realistic games today. I don't think I was overreacting. I understand some parents allow their kids to play more "grown up" games, but I'm not one of them. He has one game that is E10+ at my house and I debated even getting him that. What kind of games do you let your kids play? And at what age?

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Asked by dustinsmom0113 at 11:12 PM on Nov. 14, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • DS is 11 and he is allowed E and E+10 ratings. Some of his friends are allowed to play more advanced games, but I just don't feel he's ready for all of the language or violence yet.

    Answer by dmbutler at 11:29 PM on Nov. 14, 2010

  • DH is in charge of video games, but I don't think they play anything too bad. There is a Star Wars game that has killing, but it's Star Wars, so exceptions must be made.

    Answer by Pnukey at 8:20 AM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • My 5 year old plays strategy games that are free and online. Many of them are like, you get these 5 items and put them together to make a machine. I love those games, they are like puzzles and he has to think. But he wins them pretty quickly and goes on to new games.

    Lots are what they call "tower defense". It started with, you are a monkey and throw darts at balloons, and keep them from getting to your home base. Cute! But sometimes you are "good guys" and they are "bad guys" and you use bombs and stuff. I don't like those. But his dad doesn't mind. They are not realistic, no talking, it's little symbols on a map, usually it's monsters instead of people, but we (meaning me, and sometimes Dad) are trying to get him away from those. Ugh.

    I play fantasy RPGs but stopped playing around him by age 2. His dad tries not to play violent stuff, but sometimes does if he thinks they're not watching (no volume) & it's not too bad.

    Answer by Tracys2 at 8:21 AM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • I see SO many people who have young kids that they allow to play violent games. I don't really understand it. My son is 11 and he has Zelda and Metroid, but they are not violent like the Halo games and things like that.

    Answer by KTMOM at 2:22 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • This was copied from the ESRB website (game ratings) describing the game my five year old was playing : "In one sequence, broken glass is placed into the mouth of a man while he is repeatedly punched, causing blood to spill from his mouth. Language such as "f**k," "b*tch," and "sh*t" can be heard in the dialogue." SERIOUSLY. Just reading that just about makes me sick. I am in utter shock STILL. Ugh.

    Comment by dustinsmom0113 (original poster) at 4:13 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • That's awful! I won't let my kids play those kinds of games either. I'm sorry you're going through this now.
    Can you take your son to counseling so he can hear it from someone else that it's not good to play those games?
    Maybe DSS could do something about your son's father. I don't know if it's a good idea or not to get them involved.
    Good luck!

    Answer by RedRowan at 9:25 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • Funny you should mention counseling becuase when my son was 3-4 years old I had him in counseling for... wait for it.... VIOLENT BEHAVIOR. He was hurting animals and threatening to kill people at THREE YEARS OLD. Now I'm starting to understand where he got it from. I stopped counseling bc I could not afford it, but like I told my sons dad today, if he wants to foot the bill, then by all means let him play those games. But DS likes playing Spongebob and Diego games just as much, so why even give him to option to play those bad games when he is just as content playing kids games? Ya know?

    Comment by dustinsmom0113 (original poster) at 10:03 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

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