Published on June 22nd, 2013 | by Tony5
Blog: Shooters Are For Big Boys Son
Unless we’ve never met before or you haven’t read the bio that sits under most of the posts I do on the site let me go into some detail. I’m a married man, and father to two children who are aged seven and six. I game with these little bundles of joy all the time, but only on games I think are right for their age bracket. This means games like Dance Central, Disney games, Viva Piñata, and tons of others that I could sit here and list all day. Now with my son being the eldest he has started to hit that age where going to school he has friends who tell him about other cool games that they play with their dads. This has lately lead to him asking about games like Black Ops 2, Grand Theft Auto, and asking the question can he play these games to which I of course replied ‘no’.
When looking for a valid case when he asks why though, I tend to struggle. Back in my younger gaming days I was never a big shooter fan, so my youth was spent on cute platform games, to me it was much more fun playing pretend army outside (we all remember that these days right?) than playing a silly computer game. I will admit games like Mortal Kombat slipped through the net later on in life, but that was behind the back of my parents through rented games with my paper round money, so they never knew about it. The question is though did these games harm me as a person? I would have to say no, so why it is now a big deal when my son asks me the same question. We’ve all been their in a queue for the latest game to give the parent or Nan dagger eyes, as you can clearly see they are buying the latest 18 rated game for this annoying 12 year standing next to them. See back in the day online wasn’t a thing so playing these 18 rated games wasn’t a big issue back then, as it was kept to your house alone and not spread around the Internet like some sort of viral disease.
We’ve all jumped into that lobby on our favourite shooter and been met with a teenager trying to rap or trying to leap out windows with a sniper only to cost your team a win with his stupidity, and this is when I realise why I am so strict.
I don’t want to walk in my kids bedroom when he hits the age of about 10 to find him back chatting grown men in a shooter lobby. I don’t want my son sending messages like “U iz gonna get ur account hacked” after a bad loss on Call of Duty 10. This is partly the reason I hate online gaming today, and am thankful that my friend list is barred from people with gamertags like XxSnIpEzKinGxX from coming anywhere near it. But what is the blame for gamers like this these days? I remember gaming being about fun and not about game rage, or feeling the need to be better than everyone else. MLG and YouTube surely has to take some of the blame for this, as you only have to check the latest YouTube trending videos to be met with videos of trolling and COD montages. When did it become cool to ruin the experience of another gamer who has paid money for that game as well? I must have missed that one, as I totally do not get it at all.
Recently I came across this video on the Internet with people defending it.
Now while I don’t agree with what the guys did to this “10 year old” previously part of me feels like he only has himself and his parents to blame. First off he is only ten years old, but the game is rated 18 game. Please excuse me if I’m the only gamer who does not see this as an issue. If I even found my son anywhere near the online mode of Black Ops 2 he would never see a 360 again.
Also can I just say the language in this video to a “10 year old” is outrageous, do we all speak to ten year old boys this way now?
Just to clarify though I have no issues with what this Faze crew did to make the kids pain go away, but boys mind your potty mouth 🙂
I guess this ranting blog post is just me asking the question who is to blame for this? Do we blame parents who let their kids play games clearly not for their age limit? Do we blame companies like Microsoft or Sony for not cracking down on this kind of stuff as much as they should? Or are you fine with kids under the age of 10 playing with whatever games they want?
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