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Posted 29 October 2013 - 03:25 AM Edited by beanzinapot, 30 October 2013 - 02:44 AM.

I have mixed feelings when it comes to kids playing the GTA series. I myself have played every GTA since its release with Grand Theft Auto back in 1997. I was only 8 at the time.

I know that the GTA's back then weren't as gruesome and as vulgar as they are today, but I played GTA III when I was 10, 11 years old. Killing random NPC's, getting into huge riots and screwing hookers and killing them for my money back. And remember I was 10, 11 years old doing these things, the same age range you see today playing GTA V.

I know its kind of wrong to let your kids, or any kid for that matter, play this game, but remember when we were their age, we all played GTA.

What do you guys think?

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 03:29 AM Edited by TheJasonGallant, 29 October 2013 - 03:29 AM.

I think it's to the parent to decide... I personally wouldn't let my kid play this unless I know he's ready for it.... I think it's different for every kid... These stories about kids killing people because of video games aren't completely false. Some kids just can't understand the difference between what's real and what's not while some other kids don't have that problem.


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 03:29 AM

I don't like it. Yes we played violent games when we were kids, but let's not forget the fact that we didn't have the privilege of online gaming (well to an extent). Now it's all about online games and this is where kids shouldn't be. If you're not old enough to buy the game than they shouldn't be allowed to hop online. Every time it's the same wannabe high pitched gangstas shouting vulgarities.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 03:31 AM

I am kinda amazed that companies haven't started coming out with two issues of games yet, Just like at GTA V Japanese cut..


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 03:32 AM

I don't like it. Yes we played violent games when we were kids, but let's not forget the fact that we didn't have the privilege of online gaming (well to an extent). Now it's all about online games and this is where kids shouldn't be. If you're not old enough to buy the game than they shouldn't be allowed to hop online. Every time it's the same wannabe high pitched gangstas shouting vulgarities.

I didn't think about that and I think it's true. I'm kinda tired hearing these kids talking trash over the internet. A lot of them probably don't even know what they're really saying....


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 03:37 AM Edited by dorkod, 29 October 2013 - 03:37 AM.

It really depends on the kid's maturity level and what values they were raised with.

 

A kid who knows how to differentiate between a video game and real life and knows that spitting vulgarity is bad, should be fine growing up.

 

- Played GTA III at age 8 in 2001

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 04:54 AM Edited by DeafMetal, 29 October 2013 - 04:56 AM.

past gtas were MORE gruesome and crude lol just look at vice city. I played gta well before I was supposed to according to the rating, so if I said I think kids shouldn't play the series, I'd be a hypocrite. I'm ok with them playing single payer as long as the parent absolutely knows they are mature enough to handle the content. I'm not ok with them playing gta online if they have microphones or with other people's mics unmuted.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:07 AM Edited by Tilemaxx, 29 October 2013 - 05:10 AM.

I bought my first GTA when i was 12. It was SA. All that excessive violence didn't impact me at all, i believe it's just a thing of maturity. The violent content was always like a part of a massive virtual playground to me. Never took blood or gore seriously, whether it was a game or film (i first watched Robocop and Terminator when i was 10 i think).

Technically, GTA V is the first GTA that i'm legally able to buy. I'm 21 now, and 16 when IV was released. But my point is that i played mature games from such a young age, and i'm mentally fine now. Never went outside with a chainsaw or with a shotgun lol.


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:16 AM

GTA V = GANGSTA LIFESTYLE,kids stay away!!!


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:17 AM

Me and my six kids are LOVING online
 
I got me and the little ones a copy of GTA V, strictly for online. We were all able to connect, and we've been having a blasty blast ever since. We all went into a deathmatch with one poor sucker, and we all took turns giving it to him. He ran out of ammo at one point and we all took turns punching him to death. My little boy Jason put a shotgun to the poor fools face and blew it clean off. My little girls were just grinning ear to ear. They love lighting the cops on fire. It almost brought a tear to my eye.
 
Thank you Rockstar for this special family moment. 
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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:19 AM

I think it's to the parent to decide... I personally wouldn't let my kid play this unless I know he's ready for it.... I think it's different for every kid... These stories about kids killing people because of video games aren't completely false. Some kids just can't understand the difference between what's real and what's not while some other kids don't have that problem.

 

well you cant blame video games or the company making them for either off that. its as stupid as blaming tobacco companies if you get cancer ( i know that was an issue waaaaay back when no one really knew about the dangers off smoking.). or blaming Volvo if you crash your car.
its all about the psyche of a person.


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:24 AM Edited by beanzinapot, 29 October 2013 - 05:25 AM.

Me and my six kids are LOVING online
 
I got me and the little ones a copy of GTA V, strictly for online. We were all able to connect, and we've been having a blasty blast ever since. We all went into a deathmatch with one poor sucker, and we all took turns giving it to him. He ran out of ammo at one point and we all took turns punching him to death. My little boy Jason put a shotgun to the poor fools face and blew it clean off. My little girls were just grinning ear to ear. They love lighting the cops on fire. It almost brought a tear to my eye.
 
Thank you Rockstar for this special family moment. 

Haha!! I loved that one! I was waiting for someone to come along with a good troll comment. Best one I've seen tonight!!

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:28 AM

 

Me and my six kids are LOVING online
 
I got me and the little ones a copy of GTA V, strictly for online. We were all able to connect, and we've been having a blasty blast ever since. We all went into a deathmatch with one poor sucker, and we all took turns giving it to him. He ran out of ammo at one point and we all took turns punching him to death. My little boy Jason put a shotgun to the poor fools face and blew it clean off. My little girls were just grinning ear to ear. They love lighting the cops on fire. It almost brought a tear to my eye.
 
Thank you Rockstar for this special family moment. 

 

 

heh, the definition of a 'family moment' sure has changed since I was young. 

 

:lol:


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:41 AM

Oh god I wouldn't let my kids play this game. Lamar is just one of the reasons of all. Plus playing online its horrible how many 12 year wannabe gangsters there are. They all sound the same with the "bitch ass nigga" nigga nigga nigga. How embarrassing


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:46 AM

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 06:40 AM

Back then it was different, i mean i didn't even do any missions in GTA 1 or 2 all i did was jack a car and drive around for the hell of it, but now GTAs are more realistic the driving mechanics, peds on the streets run em over all you want plus all the missions with cut scenes its almost like watching a rated R movie and playing it at the same time, so i think it effects the kids in some ways, matter fact in many ways. And personally i wouldn't let my kid play games like that until at least i know its the right time.  

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 06:52 AM

I have mixed feelings when it comes to kids playing the GTA series. I myself have played every GTA since its release with Grand Theft Auto back in 1997

I know that the GTA's back then weren't as gruesome and as vulgar as they are today

I know its kind of wrong to let your kids, or any kid for that matter, play this game, but remember when we were their age, we all played GTA.

What do you guys think?

 

some Kids should never play GTA, those who feel like they can take sh*t courses without being penalized online.

 

some are mature enough to enjoy private sessions but when they really get into it they are serious pain in the ass.

 

they need to focus on school work and let others enjoying the game without being a bad sport


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 07:40 AM

Kids should not play gta until they are maybe the age of 15, and only if they are well mannered and brought up well. child around the age of like 10 and below should NOT touch this game, because it is the young age which programs the mind of a person. If a person is not taught to behave at a young age, then there i no hope for him/her at a later age, hence why gta at a young age can severely influence a young mind in a negative way. Especially with the fact that in this world there are certain intellectually inferior individuals who have a inferior thinking capacity.
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Posted 29 October 2013 - 08:42 AM

If they're able enough to grasp the concept of logic, they're able enough to play. This extends to kids, teens and adults alike.


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 09:02 AM

I have been playing the GTA series since I was 10 or 11, back when San Andreas was the latest and greatest. When I first started playing I thought it was the most entertaining and hilarious thing in the world to blow away every last ped with my tank and watch as the cops were powerless to stop me (as I just ran them over). I didn't think much of some of the things you had to do in the missions, and we all know that there were a few that really stood out as being particularly rough. Oddly enough, the older I've gotten, I think GTA has almost molded me, in a way, and ironically has made me more weary of crime in general. For instance, the mission where you play as Trevor and torture a guy over practically nothing was one of the more disturbing missions I've done in GTA, and the whole time I was thinking to myself, "dear god, I really wish I didn't have to do this." And then five seconds later I remembered, it's only a game. Wrench to the face it is.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 09:13 AM Edited by SmoothGTA, 29 October 2013 - 09:14 AM.

Me and my six kids are LOVING online
 
I got me and the little ones a copy of GTA V, strictly for online. We were all able to connect, and we've been having a blasty blast ever since. We all went into a deathmatch with one poor sucker, and we all took turns giving it to him. He ran out of ammo at one point and we all took turns punching him to death. My little boy Jason put a shotgun to the poor fools face and blew it clean off. My little girls were just grinning ear to ear. They love lighting the cops on fire. It almost brought a tear to my eye.
 
Thank you Rockstar for this special family moment.



If they're able enough to grasp the concept of logic, they're able enough to play. This extends to kids, teens and adults alike.


These are the best comments in the thread for different reasons.

I don't have kids, and I was 20 when GTAIII came out so I can't really identify with the group that played III, VC, or SA as minors. That being said I would tend to agree with GrungeRockCity.

Does the kid show basic awareness of empathy, right/wrong? If so then yes.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 10:22 AM Edited by tom_p1980, 29 October 2013 - 10:26 AM.

My kid is 8, nearly 9 and she plays GTA5, however I won't let her do any missions or the like, she just does free roam such as driving around, jet skiing, tennis and the BMXing, if it's Online then it's done in a closed solo session.

 

If I had any indication she wasn't right, mentally or that the game was affecting her behaviour then I wouldn't let her play. The parent knows the child much more better than some ratings board.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 10:25 AM

As long as they have a brain (11+) just like you and I did back when we were that age, and they know the difference between a game and reality... I couldn't care less.... As long as they are not acting their age in the same session as me... if that's the case they should be in bed/at school at any given time of the day!!! :p


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 10:30 AM

I'm 13 years old and I've been playing GTA since I was 6, Vice City being my first. It hasn't affected me in anyway at all. I also barely play Multi-player and I'm not stupid enough to act like a Psycho and go kill people on the road nor have I had any inclination to do so because I can tell the difference between virtual and reality.

 

It all comes down to good parenting in my opinion. My parents allow me to play GTA but they never left a gun hanging about in my bedroom.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 10:55 AM

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 11:38 AM

 

Me and my six kids are LOVING online
 
I got me and the little ones a copy of GTA V, strictly for online. We were all able to connect, and we've been having a blasty blast ever since. We all went into a deathmatch with one poor sucker, and we all took turns giving it to him. He ran out of ammo at one point and we all took turns punching him to death. My little boy Jason put a shotgun to the poor fools face and blew it clean off. My little girls were just grinning ear to ear. They love lighting the cops on fire. It almost brought a tear to my eye.
 
Thank you Rockstar for this special family moment.

Amazing satire :) made me laugh out loud :^: :^:


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 11:40 AM

 

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looks like my neighbor  

 

Maybe it is :ph34r: :O lol :)

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 12:55 PM Edited by keeronv, 29 October 2013 - 01:00 PM.

I Agree With Nearly Everyone In Here.
Ive Played Gta Since 1997 When I Was 7 Or 8 Years Old.
 
They Can Play Single Player, I Have No Problem At All With This. But When They Come Online They Are Ruining And Spoiling Everyone Elses Online Experience. I Think Kids Should NOT! Be Allowed To Play Online for games with a 18+ or 16+ rating. It Ruins Everybody Elses Experience!!,
 
Microsoft And Sony Need To Do Something About Not Letting Kids Online for 18+ games, Its Ruining The Gaming Community.
 
If You Can't Stand Kids Ruining Your Experience, I Would Recommend A P.c, Hardly Any Kids Are On There. 
 
When i went to the cinema to watch a movie, i needed I.D and i wasnt allowed to watch a movie that was above my age. MICROSOFT and SONY need to do this with games. IMO

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 02:16 PM

I think it's to the parent to decide... I personally wouldn't let my kid play this unless I know he's ready for it.... I think it's different for every kid... These stories about kids killing people because of video games aren't completely false. Some kids just can't understand the difference between what's real and what's not while some other kids don't have that problem.

I agree, but i dont think we can really tell what impact this game has on a childs mind. Even if they dont go out and do the gamecontent in real life its not to say the game didnt have any impact on them.

There are some boundrys in your mind that will shift, even how little, or how little you notice it or understand it, it will somewhat change. I had clear boundrys towards drugs in my youth and i said no to it a long time, but seeing my friends do it over time changed it until i was doing it myself. The same with crime, even it was only smalltime sh*t. If you dont have kids and you think the game is ok for children then try to imagen you do have children and do you really want them to be exposed to porn and druguse, violent behavior?


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 09:22 PM

Well it's either that or they'll most likely discover it on their own. At least with GTA there are moments where it shows the negative side of all that. It might not deter them but it'll make 'em at least think about it. Also I think the saying "if it's the gunner, not the gun, why is it the game, but not the gamer?" is applicable here.





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