The US Supreme Court has ruled that California cannot ban the sale of violent video games to minors. It is now up to parents to decide what video games are, or are not appropriate for their children. Do you always stick to the recommended ages on video games? Would you let your child purchase a video game that depicted killing, maiming or sexual violence? I fall somewhere in the middle.
Right now my son is playing the Lego Star Wars Wii game. The age guidelines for this game suggest that my son is still a little too young. Heck, he is still not technically old enough to watch the Star Wars movies but he has seen all of them. I decided to let him buy the Lego Star Wars game because apparently no one dies; they just break apart. This video game does have guns, or lasers as my son would say, but there is no blood, no guts, and certainly no inappropriate sexual behavior. Sure, I would rather he play with actual Legos but I do not have a problem with him playing limited amounts of video games.
I will not allow my son to play video games that depict graphic violence or are sexually inappropriate. Super Smash Brothers is the most violent video game that I will allow my son to play. There are enough fun video games that do not contain killing, maiming and sexual violence that there is really no reason to buy a violent video game.
I especially cannot stand video games that mimic war. War is a tragedy where no one wins. Playing war video games with realistic graphics depicting the horrors of war is in no way fun, or okay for people of any age. It boggles my mind to see how popular they have always been.
Hunting video games are tough for me. On one hand I hate hunting and guns. I do not think it is cool to kill animals and I really do not want my son to think of hunting as a game. On the other hand I remember how much fun I had playing Duck Hunt when I was little. I spent hours shooting virtual ducks and managed to still grow up into a peace-loving vegetarian. Luckily the one hunting game we have startles my son too much and he doesn't like it.
What are your thoughts on kids and video games? Do you let your children play violent video games? Are all video games banned from your house?
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