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Should GTA4 be banned for people under 18?

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:08 PM

Should GTA4 be banned for people under 18?
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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:12 PM

Assuming the parents are cool with it, its cool. I would have to be sure my kid has their sh*t together or feel confident that they aren't consuming their entire lives with video games first. Then by all means they are mature enough to handle a violent video game.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:14 PM

yes, unless there parents say otherwise

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:22 PM

Yes, regardless of what their parents say.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:22 PM

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I just wish there was a Multiplayer filter.

I hate playing with idiots screaming on the earpiece.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:23 PM

I'd say it should be banned for kids under 14.

14-17 parent's discretion.

Although I'm not entirely sure what we mean by "banned" here.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:24 PM

No

I would be a hypocrit if I said yes.

I was playing gta, putting the lottery on, going to pubs, watching 18 films etc before I was 18

If you live in a bubble, then ok, but if you live in the real world, don't dictate what other people can/cant do

I love how at 18 people become 'mature enough' just like that

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:27 PM

QUOTE (Loxley1 @ May 2 2008, 15:22)
Yes, regardless of what their parents say.

Ditto. BUT, that's a violation of civil rights. I DO think it should be banned, but I think there should be stiff penalties for the parents of kids (under 18) that are found guilty of violent crimes.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:29 PM

QUOTE (inveni0 @ May 2 2008, 15:27)
QUOTE (Loxley1 @ May 2 2008, 15:22)
Yes, regardless of what their parents say.

Ditto. BUT, that's a violation of civil rights. I DO think it should be banned, but I think there should be stiff penalties for the parents of kids (under 18) that are found guilty of violent crimes.

Any kid who still lives at home doesn't have any rights. At least that's what my old man used to always tell me.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:29 PM

I'm 15, 16 in June so NO icon13.gif

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:30 PM

not under 18 but under 16

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:33 PM

QUOTE (JohnnyRodz @ May 2 2008, 15:29)
QUOTE (inveni0 @ May 2 2008, 15:27)
QUOTE (Loxley1 @ May 2 2008, 15:22)
Yes, regardless of what their parents say.

Ditto. BUT, that's a violation of civil rights. I DO think it should be banned, but I think there should be stiff penalties for the parents of kids (under 18) that are found guilty of violent crimes.

Any kid who still lives at home doesn't have any rights. At least that's what my old man used to always tell me.

I meant a violation of the parent's rights to raise their children as they want. Playing GTA doesn't violate anyone else's civil rights, so parent's should be allowed to let their kids buy them. BUT, parents should have stiff punishments when their kids do something wrong. It's the parents' responsibility to know if their kid is bringing a shotgun to school. There are no excuses for that. If my kids ever did that, I'd take 100% of the blame. Set me on death row.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:35 PM

Most of the ignorant/rude people on multiplayer who act gangsta are like 14 and therefor they shouldn't be allowed to play the game until they mature some. I find it funny they act gangsta online and most likely in RL they are some timid/shy artard.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:35 PM

I think young people are a more mature than a lot of people give them credit for. I think GTA IV would be fine if the young person has their full faculty of thought processing, perception of reality, social connectivity, mental and emotional stability.

I think young people are exposed to so much that escapism into a game world like GTA is not all bad.

I think if your not all there, then your not all there. A person like that should probably be getting appropriate support rather than left in front of a console or TV because it is the easy option.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:40 PM

yes.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:41 PM

I would say no. There are plenty of people who are older than 18 who still can't handle this kind of material, or most any social situation for that matter.

Plus, I can't be a hypocrite I was playing the original when I was 12... Back in 1997 that was some pretty racy stuff for a video game. lol.gif

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:42 PM

QUOTE (inveni0 @ May 2 2008, 15:27)
QUOTE (Loxley1 @ May 2 2008, 15:22)
Yes, regardless of what their parents say.

Ditto. BUT, that's a violation of civil rights. I DO think it should be banned, but I think there should be stiff penalties for the parents of kids (under 18) that are found guilty of violent crimes.

Yeah I'm on this boat as well. Parents should take the blame these days. We are all intelligent enough to realize there is no real connection between video games and violent crimes. Bad parenting is the real problem. There should be a license to breed. A lot of people who have kids don't even understand the concept of being a parent. mercie_blink.gif

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:45 PM

QUOTE (Trismegistos @ May 2 2008, 15:35)
I think young people are a more mature than a lot of people give them credit for. I think GTA IV would be fine if the young person has their full faculty of thought processing, perception of reality, social connectivity, mental and emotional stability.

I think young people are exposed to so much that escapism into a game world like GTA is not all bad.

I think if your not all there, then your not all there. A person like that should probably be getting appropriate support rather than left in front of a console or TV because it is the easy option.

The rational center of the brain isn't even fully developed until the low to mid twenties. Again, it goes onto parents (and is the reason the US government allows parents to claim 'children' as dependents as long as they're still in school/college/etc., regardless of age).

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 03:48 PM

When you start playing these games @ younger ages you develop a sense of being 'invincible' even in the real life. Even if you don't think it changes your personality it does. As you grow older is has less effect on your personality as it does when you're younger.
Even though a 12 or 13 year old will not go steal a car probabley because of this, it will have consequences(sp) later in their life. Of course this doesn't apply to everyone, but id say at least 70% of them out there. Mostly trailer trash but who knows.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 04:09 PM

The answer is no. Anyone under 18 should NOT be allowed to play this game.




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