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To say that Grand Theft Auto is a game series that has spurred controversy would be an understatement. GTA is to the industry now what Doom was in the '90s, and lots of talk tends to swirl around games with such violence. Rockstar’s Lazlow, who you may know as the GTA universe’s charismatic DJ, spoke his mind regarding what he thinks about parents who buy their children GTA games.When the BBC asked Lazlow what he feels about accusations that GTA games and titles like them increase violence in people, he had a lot to say. “Our games are not designed for young people,” he explained. “If you're a parent and buy one of our games for your child you're a terrible parent. We design games for adults because we're adults. There's a lot of kids games out there that we're not interested in playing. Just like you enjoy watching movies and TV shows with adult themes and language and violence, that's the kind of thing we seek to produce.”Rockstar creates games that are for adults, by adults, and Lazlow couldn’t have been any more clear here. Only time will tell if Red Dead Redemption’s Wild West setting tapers the infamous Rockstar controversy that they experienced with GTA, Manhunt, and Bully.
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i first started playing Grand Theft Auto when I was 10 yrs old, I didnt grow up violent, everybody is different, but I totally agree with this guy, most kids can't handle stuff like this, can't speak for all kids though
hth do you buy an m rated game witrhout ur parents bein there only an idiot would fall for a fake id i think you missed the point i am 14 and have no desire top play gta but if your parents let you then they are terrible parents.them letting you play gta in my opinion is worse than my neighbor letting his six year old play mw2
Im agree with lazlow. thats why the movies, games and tv shows go by rating and if the parents buy things for adults to their kids is under they reponsability.
Im not old enough to buy the games, but honestly some games that are rated M should not have that strong a rating and more mature kids should be able to play them. Some games with great storylines I feel that everyone should try like Bioshock, Half Life, and similar games should be allowed for kids with a mature enough mentality. Not all kids choose to go out and act these scenes out in real life so why should all be punished?
It all depends how kids are brought up from a young age. If they're ignored then of course you shouldn't buy GTA for them. If they're taught real life values then it's ok to let them play it as teenagers.
So yes it is the parent's fault but it has nothing to do with GTA. People just need a scapegoat.
While I mostly agree, I think that the GTA games are anything but mature.
My little brother bought this other day and I almost slapped him. I'm just amazed at what kids get away with these days
I agree with Lazlow. The parents who complain about the horrible things in GTA are clearly the ones who blindly bought it to babysit their kids because they fail as parents. If you were a responsible parent in-tune with video games, plenty of alarms would have gone off to prevent just that.
They are terrible. I'm 16 and my dad doesn't allow me to play that (and shhh... I don't really want to play it either). I play a ton of M games but my dad doesn't want me playing a game that has a reputation for allowing you to "screw hookers, then shoot them in the face"... but I do want to get Red Dead really bad, but by the rating, it looks worse. But no matter what, I AM GONNA GET THAT GAME. If it's the last thing I do.
I agree parent's shouldn't buy these games for there childern because if you buy this for your kid and he/she goes out and commits a crime and blame's it on the video game that they were playing before is just wrong the parents should take the blame. Leave the video game companies out of it.
i hate getting on GTA and hearing little kids voices i have to turn my mic off or i will blow an ear drum
or your the best parents a kid could ask for :)
I'll be honest. I did not read ALL 5 pages of comments, so I apologize if this has been said already.
But, if a parent takes the time to know their kid. Then takes the time to know exactly what is in a game/movie/book/whatever. They should know if their kid is mature enough to play/watch/read/whatever it.
For example, my wife's parents did not let her watch Schindler's List in her 9th grade history class. Instead, they rented it and watched it as a family. That way they were able to contextualize the movie for her.
Video games can be the same way. Of course... it would require a parent to spend time with their kid and understand their interests. Good parenting is just...sooo...hard....
Thank you. Because some parents are just stupid. "WHY IS MY SON SO VIOLENT?! I only gave him GTA IV as a kid and let him get influenced by the game!"
I would like to know where some of these people get off telling parents that they are terrible at their parental duties if they let their child play a violent video games. I, and everyone I grew up with, were allowed to watch, listen, and play what we wanted. We listened to the most vulgar music, the most violent and graphic movies, and the most action packed video games. And, contrary to popular belief, none of us are psychotic murderers who walk the streets at night killing babies and kicking puppies.
At 26 years old we all grew up like any other kid of our generation. The problem does not lie with violence in video games, the problem lies with the politicians and loud mouths who love to point at something that isn't them and say "that's the problem. THERE IS NO PROBLEM!!! You've all invented a problem. The truth is that violence in this country is on a steep decline. Kids are using less drugs, less smoking, etc.
I wonder why that is? After all, they banned violent comic books because they were destoying our childrens minds in the 50's and violence levels rose. The tried to ban rock and roll because it was also destorying our childrens minds. They even made it law that any motion picture had to depict family life as wholesome and loving and severely censored the amount of violence in media. Violence in the real world continued to climb.
Today, censoring violence is a big NO NO, it is everywhere, yet real world violence in this country is on a notable decline. People love to believe that fake violence, like in a video game, causes a child to believe that that sort of violence is ok and acceptable. The truth is that it probably does the opposite. It introduces them to that sort of behavior in digital form and automatically forms the mental barrier between real life violence, and fake violence. Some studys have shown that it helps them understand the hatred involved, and turns them off of reenacting it in real life.
How do you explain the decline in almost all types of real world violence when the amount of fake violence is on the rise??? Think about it.
I don't really think violent games increase violence. It's like saying playing All you need is love by the beatles and love is going to increase among people. It just doesn't happen like that.
We don't need someone to tell us that a parent buying a game full of cursing, killing, and general mayhem for a child is a bad thing.