I’ve not ranted for a while, but I just can’t let this one go – ever.
I can’t say that I am perfect in any way, shape or form, but the one game that will not enter our home is one from the Grand Theft Auto Franchise. Some of my boys friends have been playing these games since they were knee high to a grasshopper and in single digits for age, and I really dislike it.
In fact, I more than dislike it. I think their parents are morons.
A “friend” of mine whose child is very aggressive shrugs her shoulders and says his dad bought them. It pisses me off that her child calls mine names for not having it. I’ve told her the games include s-ex, drugs and all sorts that she can’t even comprehend, but she doesn’t care. Her 10 year old kid is quiet while he plays at murd-ering, pim-ping thug, and that’s all she’s worried about.
In one of the game play scenarios, a “Pi-mp” with a purple suit gives “Pro-stit-utes” assignments to have s-ex with “Johns”, also known as “Punters”. They can even be paid by the hook-ers and earn loads of money for exploiting the female hook-ers. I really don’t understand why so many people think that’s ok for kids to play.
It’s a decade old franchise that has spawned a raft of wannabees, but it speaks volumes to me for how our youth culture is being affected by playing these games in their tender pre-teen years. Just reading the news at the Grand Theft Auto IV release and the fights and arguments it has caused are enough to set my teeth on edge.
Academics and GTA fans can argue all they like about statistics they use to prove there isn’t a link between violent gaming and violence in real life, but I’d have to disagree with each and every one of them. I’ve witnessed young children playing violent games, and I’m not talking about cowboys and indians, or cops and robbers.
GTA has children torching pro-sti-tutes, buying drugs and far far more worrying things, and they are at an age where they are impressionable and quite frankly, many don’t see where the lines of gaming and reality blur.
I can hear some of you with very young children sitting and reading, and shaking your heads, determined that you’ll not let your children have these games.
I can almost guarantee that some of you may surprise yourselves and indeed buy them.
Peer pressure causes the purchases, that and the laziness of parents who can’t be bothered to lay down groundrules with their kids.
The adult themes in these games are very strong, very violent and often s*xual.
I have strong opinions on this, and I think all parents of pre-teens who buy games like these for kids need a brain transplant.
I really couldn’t give a monkeys what they do in their own families as a result of watching and playing these games, but I give a whole lot of a damn for what they do outside when their parents bung them a tenner and send them out to the shop for peace and to do god knows what while they are out.
All I can say is that it’s blooming hard enough being the parent of a pre-teen or teen child whose friends all have these games, without jumped up mouthy spoiled brats telling me they’ll batter me if I tell their mum what they’ve been up to when they’re out “playing.”
Do your worst kids, it’s not your fault. In this case, it really is your parents.