Buy A Rockstar Game For Kids, You’re A Terrible Parent

Buy A Rockstar Game For Kids, You’re A Terrible Parent

Here’s a refreshing, if predictable, dose of common sense from developers Rockstar, telling the BBC that anyone buying one of their games – like Grand Theft Auto, or Red Dead Redemption – is a “terrible parent”.

“Our games are not designed for young people”, Rockstar’s Lazlow Jones tells the Beeb. “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. 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.”

And now for the best part: Lazlow Jones is a writer and voice-over man for Rockstar, who voices DJ Lazlow in the Grand Theft Auto games. Now that you know this, read the above passage again.

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  • Yes. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. It’s a shame none of these bad parents will read this.

    These games are rated and created for adults. Would you show a child Pulp Fiction, or let them read American Psycho? No? Then why let them play Grand Theft Auto?

  • im far from be classified as an adult, but i am well and truly old enough to buy these type of games and i totally support what they are trying to point out. its the type of parents that buy their kids these games and have a whinge about why their kid is so fucked up.

  • Haha, Lazlow was awesome, i was just telling someone earlier that it’s a shame radio stations just wouldn’t work in Read Dead Redemption.

    I’m of the opinion that any parent who thinks that rockstar games are appropriate for young children have been taking a bit to much of the self help course Think, Hold that thought, Complete.

  • So according to the headline I should download a pirate copy of Rockstar games – then I won’t be a bad parent.

    • Yeah, someone should probably fix that. It kind of says ‘anyone buying one of their games – like Grand Theft Auto, or Red Dead Redemption – is a “terrible parent”’ – no mention of ‘for thier children’.

      Aside from that, this is the sort of thing that needs to be propogated to us through radio and TV, not all that ‘GTA makes you kill people’ jazz I’ve been hearing.

  • DAMN Straight. Rockstar is under no illusions, and all developers should come out and say this for their mature games, probably wont happen as they are shutting themselves out of a market, but if we ever want an R rating for games in AUS, this is the typeof mentality we need to instill in the general public. These things are not for kids. Games are not just for kids anymore, they havent been for a long time now.

  • Yes Nick Weston, that is exactly the conclusion you should come to. Were you dropped on your head as a child or something?

    • If you like, but if a parent DOES exercise their right to choose what their kid plays to let them play GTA, then they’ve CHOSEN to be a terrible parent. That’s exactly what Rockstar are saying here. They’re. NOT. FOR. KIDS.

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