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Under-age gamers and My 5th XBoX360

By Lawrence Benedict 'Malystryx' Phillips
Dec 27, 2008 17:35

Should kids be allowed to buy games rated 18? Is it up to their parents? And why do all the XBOX360's I touch, die?

Today I went into GAME a british shop that sells PC/console games to return yet another dead XBOX360. I blogged about it here, which to choose XBOX or PS3 and in the end I chose to buy XBOX360 for my birthday on the 19th november.

Since then I have now gone through four xbox360s and three copies of the xbox game Fable. Three of them simply crashed although for a bit of variety yesterday my last one to die got the red rings of death (woooo). I gave in and once again exchanged my xbox so I am now on number 5 in five weeks. This is SERIOUSLY the last time.

The queue was immense stemming outside of the shop, about 30-40 people queueing so a long wait. While in the queue a kid came up to a guy behind me trying to get him to buy two 18 rated games for him. The kid was about 13-14 I'd say and he was trying to buy Hitman and another xbox game. The guy said I'm only 16 I cant buy it and then suggests he asks other people.

Despite being slim I can be quite scary so I just did my "don't even think about it" stance and he realised to not ask me. He then asked another guy about 40 to buy the games for him, the bloke accepted and took the money from the kid.

The kid was then next to me and I said "why not buy them online, they cant check your age", then kid looked dissapointed then the guy behind me said "he probably doesn't even have a bank account". "Ah thats true," I said, "he'd have to borrow mummy and daddy's". At which point the 40 year old who had accepted to buy the games changed his mind and gave the money and games back to the kid saying "you're too young mate, I can't buy them".

The kid went around asking other people all having various excuses, no-one willing to buy them for him. Now the question is would these people still say no if the shop was not packed? No-one to judge them.

I once bought cigarettes for an underage teen at university and thinking back I thought why the hell did I do that. Now I'm older I dont really care about gaining street cred and receiving "nice one mate" from a kid.

. Is it up to the parents if a child can buy an 18 game or should be up to the goverment laws, you have to be 18 to buy this game. Obviously in Germany the laws are very strict hence why CS 1.6 was not on main stage at the SEC in March this year or in an enclosed area at WCG in Cologne last month.

There is an arguement that "films are more violent than games, these ratings are not that relevant", but the counter-arguement is that in games you are initiating the killing/destruction/death, you are playing an active role not just spectating like in a film which could make it even more of a bad influence.

What do people here think about 18 rated games?



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