Rockstar: Buying Our Games For Your Kids Makes You a Bad Parent

Sun, May 23, 2010

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Much has been made over Rockstar’s video games in the past, particularly with regards to its violent content and its potential effects on young kids.

Yet, Rockstar has said that the scrutiny shouldn’t be put on them–instead, it should be focused on the parents that purchase the title for their children.

“Our games are not designed for young people,” said Lazlow Jones, who has done radio segments for Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series. “If you’re a parent and buy one of our games for your child, you’re a terrible parent.”

“We design games for adults because we’re adults,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of kids’ games out there that we’re not interested in playing. Just like you enjoy watching movies and TV shows with adult themes and language and violence, that’s the kind of thing we seek to produce.”

Jones has a pretty important point that a lot of politicians that seek to curb content in video games seem to miss: That parental responsibility (or lack thereof) is actually the culprit you want to target. It’s not that Grand Theft Auto’s exist. They should in a free society. Instead, parents have a responsibility to keep content they deem objectionable out of the reach of their children.

[via The Escapist]

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