Bethesda added them into the Fallout and Elder Scrolls Series, they even had an entire child city, but the children were invincible. I, for one, would have preferred they simply left them out rather than breaking the immersion, especially when they went hostile to me in New Vegas (Bethesda also made them inflict almost no damage so that they couldn't trap you in a death loop if you saved in the wrong place). In the first two Fallouts you could kill children but you were given the title "childkiller" and plenty of people would treat you differently (i.e. worse), the same as if you went into being a slaver, but games are much higher profile now and a similar situation would garner a flood of negative media attention.
Rockstar is not particularly afraid of such attention (Manhunt), but it would still post an obstacle to the rating system that they don't need.
What do you think? Yet another boring topic?
Edited by Gigabomber, 27 June 2013 - 10:13 PM.