I Sold Too Many Copies Of GTA V To Parents Who Didn't Give A Damn

I Sold Too Many Copies of GTA V To Parents Who Didn't Give a Damn

Dear Parents... We need to talk. There is something that has been eating at me for a while, and I have had enough.

I have been working in video game retail for almost 10 years now. I love my job. Some of my best memories begin with loving, bewildered parents walking into our store, naïve to the gaming world but eager to learn. I would find myself talking to them about platform choices, game franchises, and getting started online. I'd then enlighten them with my own gaming experiences with my kids. This approach got them interested in what their children were doing and encouraged them to play the games alongside their kids.

There is no better feeling than a happy parent returning to my store, pleased with my previous advice, and wanting more product.

So, when a new Mario, LittleBigPlanet, Pokémon, or any kid-friendly game comes out I will be there, excited to sell that game to your kids. The Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB), rates these games as being appropriate for kids.

Was it your son that came in with a giant jar filled with change to buy Minecraft? He was a couple dollars shy, but don't worry, I covered it. His look of excitement as he ran out of the store was more than enough to cover the shortfall.

Last week my store sold over a thousand copies of GTA V, at least a hundred of which were sold to parents for children who could barely even see over my counter.

Now that you know the best part of my job. Let me tell you about the worst part.

Every week, new M-rated games are released. Some are more of an M than others. I have no problem letting my kids watch me play M-rated games like Halo, Skyrim, and Fable. Then there are the games like Duke Nukem, Saints Row, and Grand Theft Auto, which are the very reason I am writing this letter today.

Last week my store sold over a thousand copies of GTA V, at least a hundred of which were sold to parents for children who could barely even see over my counter.

Over the years, I have watched the size, story, and graphics of games evolve to provide better player immersion and realism. This is true for all kinds of games, including M-rated games.

I Sold Too Many Copies of GTA V To Parents Who Didn't Give a Damn

When I recite the phrases from the ESRB ratings box on the back cover of an M-rated game and it just goes right over your head I feel the need to be more specific. So I mention things like a game having a first-person view of half-naked strippers or that the game has a mission that forces you to torture another human being.

In response, I often hear things like, "Oh, it's for my older son" or "All his friends already have it."

Then I wonder to myself how often the youngest child watches the "older son" playing and if "all his friends" were to jump off a cliff… I don't tell you these things because I don't like your parenting style. It is because, when I look at little Timmy there in my store, I can't help but picture him as the little boy sitting across the table from my daughter in her first grade class.

I often hear things like, "Oh, it's for my older son" or "All his friends already have it."

Now this is where those of you who are not parents will sound off with "you should let them judge" or "I killed hookers in GTA III when I was five and I turned out fine." That is great. I accept your opinion. Although, when your daughter comes home from elementary school crying because someone called her a b***h, you might change your tune.

I love the things that people like Mike from Penny Arcade are doing to educate parents about game ratings and games that are good or bad for kids. I love that the ESRB has been pumping out more advertisements to raise awareness of game ratings.

I just ask that you look at the box, ask an associate for guidance, or just be more involved.

Lastly, when I try to describe the content and warnings of an M-rated game to you, please don't ignore me and nod while scrolling through your iPhone.

We are there to help.

Thank you, Kotaku, for letting me speak.

Sincerely, - Your Average Video Game Retail Veteran

Top photo: Pavel L./Shutterstock.


    I feel ya bra! It is truely disgusting the parenting there is out there. I myself as an older brother will not let violent games that you have mentioned in their sights until they are old enough. I have a couple of brothers that are and is fine to play, but I only let them play it when the youngest isn't around.

    Sigh parents, just sigh. "All his friends have it" - well be the smarter parent -_-

    Great article, but it won't do much of anything. Parents such as these don't care so long as little Timmy shuts his mouth. What will shut him up? Giving him the game he's whining about, regardless of its rating and content.

    Also, I thought I'd mention this seeing as it was brought up in this article; I used to play M rated games as a kid (and watch horror movies). Sure, I turned out alright, but that's not the point. As an adult I know that that was wrong and that mum should have taken more interest in me and what I was doing and put her foot down and told me to shut it. People need to take more responsibility for their kids and do the right thing. They only complain because they know they'll get what they want eventually. Don't give in and they'll learn. Remember, you're not your child's friend - you're their parent, so act like one.

      People need to take more responsibility for their kids and do the right thing. They only complain because they know they'll get what they want eventually. Don't give in and they'll learn. Remember, you're not your child's friend - you're their parent, so act like one.

      Flawless reasoning and that is how parenting should be. Alas, you are talking of an age that is now extinct.

        agree with both of you.

        i mean im only the father of a 1 year old,

        but the amount of times i see kids get their way coz they're parents take the easy option out to get some peace and quiet, frustrates the Sh!t out of me. i was one of those kids that kicked an screamed to my sole parenting mother when i was little, and she caved every time, now ive had to learn hard lessons as a 28 year old, with a wife and child, that i cant kick and scream to get my way (and a multitude of other issues raised from a broken family).

        too many people are breeding that have no idea what they are in for. im all for procreation, but please, dont enter into parent hood irresponsibly, you arent doing society any favours, just raising another generation of shirkers and short cut finders.

        i wanna be a father that teaches my kids boundaries, respect, how to be polite, how to stick up for others who cant stick up for themselves, how to be generous, how to work hard and work for your earnings and most of all that they always know they are loved and important and that i will be proud of them just for being my kids, and its these last three things that i think are the most important.

          a little of topic, but in response to spoiled kids:

          The fact that you want to teach these morals to your children, rather than just shrugging and expecting them to drag themselves up, tells me that you'll be a great father.

        Not extinct. Just not commonly practiced. So. Definitely endangered.
        I have a 4yr old.
        I don't even play Diablo 3 when he is awake. When my son is awake/in the house, I play things like Simcity and Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe. All appropriate.
        When he goes to be, the demon slaying begins. (Yes. Diablo 3. I don't get a lot of time to play, so having an insta-gratification game is good. Couple with me hating FPS's, it probably makes sense)

        It's not extinct at all, you just don't notice it. A vast majority of parents I know are capable, loving and competent, but no one will write articles about them or upload videos to youtube called 'ordinary parent doing a satisfactory job'.

        The fact is, most parents understand what GTA is and their kids were in bed at midnight on September 17th.

        The whole idea of good parenting is that if someone is doing a good job parenting, you're not supposed to notice them.

        Have faith. Good parenting is alive and well and it's happening all around you =D

        Which age had parents who were prefect disciplinarians?

      I used to play M rated games as a kid (and watch horror movies). Sure, I turned out alright, but that's not the point. As an adult I know that that was wrong and that mum should have taken more interest in me and what I was doing and put her foot down and told me to shut it.

      I have to disagree with you slightly on this point. Like you, I too watch M rated movies when I was a kid, but it wasn't because my Mum didn't take an interest. Quite the opposite, in fact. She'd taken a keen in what I watched and read since pretty much day one. As a result she had an excellent grasp on what I could and couldn't handle. As a result I saw some movies (like Predator) long before the government recomended age.

      She was also quite adamant on stuff that I couldn't watch. R and most MA stuff was off the table completely, and everything else she judged on a case-by-case basis. This is one of the reasons I didn't see the original A Nightmare on Elm Street until I was 22. She almost didn't let me play Double Dragon because she had objections to there being female opponents. She eventually agreed to let me play the arcade version under her supervision. Once she'd seen what the game was actually like she got me the Master System version for my birthday.

      I guess my point is much the same as Soulless-Shadow's: Take responsibility for what your kids watch. My perspective is just a tad different.

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        Yep, your perspective is completely different. I'm sure my mum thought I was mature enough for what I was watching and playing (I was a precocious little shit who was reading adult level novels long before starting high school), but other than that, she didn't set any boundaries for that sort of thing, nor did she discuss any of it with me. I probably should speak to her about that and get her point of view about things... That could be interesting.

      I know what would shut him up...


      Why can't you be both?

    Hopefully it will be better in the future when 80s & 90s babies become parents. I think most people/parents born before the 80s still see video games as an activity for children. Unfortunately there will always be bad parents no matter the generation though.

      Yeah, I do often wonder how these kinds of things will change in time and with generational differences

      I'm 28 and it seems that all the people I know who are older than me still think that games are for kids. Anyone my age or younger gets that they're not, regardless of whether they play games.
      Is being born in 1985 the threshold or something?!
      The amount of f****ing times my mate's 30-year-old girlfriend has said in her whiney voice, "oh my god, I can't believe you play games. Do you tell girls that you play them?"

        I'm 38, and most of my friends play games.
        But, that's part of why we're friends...

        Is being born in 1985 the threshold or something?!

        It must be. Shortly after I was born, the 1983 Videogame crash happened. I was still on the bottle then so no, you can't blame me.

        I didn't become a serious gamer until around the late 90s so a lot of what I know has been through second hand copies or what I read online.

        Even though though I found that adult games have existed even back as far as the Atari 2600. Seriously, there were pornographic games on that console back in the day by a company called Mystique.

        It you want a short hand primer, looked at the AVGN episode, Atari Porn.

        The amount of f****ing times my mate's 30-year-old girlfriend has said in her whiney voice, "oh my god, I can't believe you play games. Do you tell girls that you play them?"

        Unless I am mistaken, aren't there people well into their 40s that play the likes of the original Super Mario Bros.?

        The mark of a good game (also book, cartoon, etc): it is just as fun for the adults as it is for the kids. If the content is only fun for kids, there there is something wrong with it.

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          I'm 35 and I understand well that there are adult games and kids games. I moderate what games (and even what youtube videos) my kids have access to. They have an Xbox 360 in a bedroom but internet can only be accessed where I can keep an eye on what they are doing. I don't even have Xbox Live active because I don't want my kids subjected to the torrents of abuse people tend to scream at each other whilst playing first person shooters online.

          I have been using the internet and playing video games for years so I know what is out there. Its unfortunate so many parents still see video games as being for kids because they are way out of touch with the reality of modern gaming.

          The mark of a good game (also book, cartoon, etc): it is just as fun for the adults as it is for the kids. If the content is only fun for kids, there there is something wrong with it.

          Pixar has their shit sorted. :P

        You'll find plenty of people on TAY who are ranging from 29 to late 30's.

        Not all 30 year olds are like that.
        Personally I love gaming (so do my friends) but I find that it's more a gamete vs non gamer thing, recently a workmates was talking about another workmates who had taken a week off from work "just so he could play gta v, how lame is that?" My response was to tell her about all my experiences wih queuing for midnight launches and countless leave apps I had submitted over the years for the exact same reason, the look I received from her was as if she was looking at an alien lol

        The sad truth about this letter is that a large majority of parents simply don't care what their kids are doing and it's this lack if guidance that leads to news articles the blame gaming for violence, it's not the games they play that lead them to violence it's the parents who never taught little time that it's never ok to take what isn't theirs and it's never ok to lay a hand on another person just because they Loki different/have a different opinion/every other reason that is used to defend a violent action out in the real world

          I was at a party hosted by a friend who's a little bit... hipster. Into the indie music scene, has similar friends. One of them was trying to explain to me this band she liked, and she knew it was a little bit underground, so she was referencing other bands to explain the style.

          Reference totally flew over my head. I'd never heard of any of them. When I mentioned this, she looked a little concerned and tried broadening her references. Nope! Perplexed, she exclaimed, "But they've been all over the radio and TV, how can you not have heard of them!"
          "Ah! There's your problem. I don't listen to radio or watch TV."
          Her eyes widened and jaw dropped. "But how do you know what's new and cool?"
          I was going to explain how I get music references for friends, but decided that was boring. Instead I tilted my head and asked, "Why would I want to?"
          She looked at me like I was an alien and I laughed and observed, "We are completely different people, aren't we."

          Being completely different people doesn't mean you can't still get along/do the nasty with.

        I'm 34, have been gaming most of my life, starting with "Pyramid of Doom" a text based adventure played on an Apple IIe Euro plus with a mono screen ( no colours, just shades of green )

        I guess when I was growing up, it was seemed as a Kids pastime, but as we grew up, it matured into a pastime that everyone can enjoy.

        Parents are also allowed to make these decisions for their kids, based on their knowledge of how capable they are of handling this stuff.. I had heaps of friends that were allowed to watch R rated movies when they were 12 - we all turned out fine.

        Children these days are exposed to everything at an early age and by the time they are 12 or 13, they have most likely seen hardcore porn, extreme language and probably some type of snuff film. Joys of the internet age.

        Unfortunately I don't think it's possible to shelter kids from this stuff, and parents having frank and open discussions about the difference between reality and fantasy is VERY important.

        Because lets be honest, you can stop your kids doing it in your house, but if you do, you can practicaly guarantee that they will be doing it at someone elses house instead.

      I'm a parent from the mid 70's generation of babies, and I am more of a gamer than most people I know younger than myself.
      I don't think it's the era you were born in that dictates your views on gaming to be honest as I know plenty of 80's babies that are now parents that have no idea on gaming culture. In that vein I know how to choose games for my children. I have 3 boys and they are not allowed to have carte blanche over the games they can play. My 16 year old is allowed to play games that my 14 year old is not, simply because I don't believe he is mature enough to handle the experience.

      80s babies are parents these days, the youngest 80s baby would be approximately 23 now, edging on 24. 90s kids, well, anyone born around 96 and back, have the potential to be parents now (legally).

    Obviously small children shouldn't be playing GTA V, but...

    "Although, when your daughter comes home from elementary school crying because someone called her a b***h, you might change your tune."

    Did the child learn the word bitch from GTA V? Or is it ubiquitous in modern culture?

    Sadly this will be seen by none of the right people, but really well put.

    There definitely needs to be more parents taking responsibility for how their children are raised, and i know people cant refuse to sell to parents if they know its going to an underage child.... but maybe... just maybe that should be a law.... MA15+ upto the parent, but R18+... that needs some form of rule that states its not ok for you to let your 10-11 year old play/watch it.

      There is a law. Enforcing it may be problematic.

      The following classification categories are restricted categories. This means there are legal restrictions on viewing or playing these films and computer games.
      Children under the age of 15 may not legally watch, buy or hire MA 15+ classified material unless they are in the company of a parent or adult guardian.
      R 18+ classified material is restricted to adults.


      I let my under-15 daughter watch when I play some MA15+ games (eg, FPS's and Assassins Creed). But I won't let her watch me play Fallout 3. It was R overseas, it should have been R here, except we didn't have one at the time.

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      I agree with this. After all (in Western Australia anyway), you get heavily fined or possibly sent to jail for secondary purchase (AKA selling something for someone who has the intention of selling it to someone underage) for Alcohol and Tobacco, or hell, even movies, and yet the retailing of games still doesn't have this law. I really hope they fix this soon. As my friend who works at EBGames asks her customers every time she sees them buying R rated games for kids: "Would you take your child to a strip-show?" "No." "Would you take them to see a Cage Fighting match?" "No." "Then why do you think it's alright to let them play R rated games? It's the same thing!" It is getting ridiculous and there needs to be something done about this quickly.

      Not sure what you're suggesting - there IS a law that you cannot sell to a minor, but above all, film and literature classification is purely advisory; it'd be pretty fucked if there were a law that prevented you from making your own parenting decisions altogether. Whether or not the content is appropriate for your child is rather subjective, it differs per household and parenting approach.

      It really just boils down to awareness of subject matter as well as discipline. It takes a parent at least attempting to explore if not give the go-ahead for their child to be exposed to certain content, or to put their foot down if their child is simply not mature enough to cope with what they're being exposed to. The problem is that the majority of parents who are unaware of the true nature of the content - or who could care less otherwise - will make the purchase simply to stifle their child's incessant nagging. They continue to give in, without putting in the effort to solidify their place as the parent, not a friend. As a result their child only learns that they can get whatever they want, regardless of the intended maturity level.

      Faffed about a bit with my response, but essentially I just want to disagree with your assertion that the government should directly intervene when it comes to the matter of raising your children. Their place is as a content advisor; it's the parent that ultimately makes the decision.

        and if the parent is too incompetent to make the safest decision for the child?

        Im all for the parents deciding if there child is mature enough at a younger age to view the content, but in most cases it is poor or lack of judgement from the parents.

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          Then their poor parenting is on them; despite this article I hardly think their being exposed to inappropriate content has much of an effect on mere observers. It's not alcohol nor any other potentially harmful substance so I don't think it's a matter of it being an "unsafe" decision just because you completely disagree with the parents' allowances regarding their child.

          I get a bit miffed whenever I see poor parenting, but I would not support something that allows the government to step in like that - especially since we're only talking about media. I appreciate their position as an advisor, and I would rather that more parents take the time and effort to teach their children what the word 'no' means, but honestly it's not so utterly devastating that there should be a law drawn up over it.

          True, in a lot of cases it is poor judgement, but until it is proven that children exposed to mature content are either put in danger or as a result put others in great danger, I don't think it's quite worth a complete law reform. I can get as frustrated as the next guy, but ultimately it's not that big of a deal. :/

            See as someone who came from a... lets say "less than good childhood..." i have a lot stronger feelings about bad parenting than most people... i practically raised my brother and sister from the age of 9... and did a better job than my parents.

            And i understand where you are coming from its not upto anyone but the parents, but i believe that in some cases it needs to be removed as being the parents choice... child welfare should have a higher say in these sorts of things, even if not a law, at the very least there needs to be more accountability put on parents and if the only way to do that is via legal action.... then personally im for it.

    I played violent stuff when I was a kid, but I never actually played GTA. For the most part I'm an advocate for letting kids play violent games because it eventually leads to a conversation with their parents about differentiating between video games and reality and I would probably not be the pacifist I am today if not for playing violent video games and the ensuing conversation with my father.

    But GTA5 is much worse than just a little shooting, It's definitely not for kids under the age of 13-15. I'd be really concerned if parents didn't have a problem with the stuff in the game when letting their kids play it. If you're going to teach your kids about violence in video games let them play something with "moral" violence, where you play as the good guys, like Halo or something, not something like GTA which is just senseless violence for the most part.

    LOL come to australia, its rated R here and guess what? parents still buy it for there little kids, one guy at worked picked up a copy for his 8 year old son, WTF i asked would he let him watch porn, he says its not the same and its just a game [email protected]$%

    I've experienced similar scenarios, after explaining the content of the game there isn't much more you can do. If the child is present I tell them 'I cannot sell you this game in the presence of a minor' but I'm sure they just go someplace else to get it.

    I work in retail and I can't stress enough how much joy comes from hearing a parent telling their child "no". So many times you see the child going "I want this and I want that" and having a cry about it and almost without fail the parent, usually the mother in my experience, will load up with some 40+ dollars of crap that you know is going to hold interest for less than 2 days. I can handle your child if they are screeching and squealing over not getting their way providing you as the parent don't cave in. If you do fold however...

    It seems the age of entitlement is beginning earlier and earlier.

      in defense of mothers, they're still more likely to be the child's main carer. It's a lot easier to say no if you're not the one dealing with the consequences 24/7.

    Very well written wish more parents would pay attention to this and stop being peer pressured into buying these games for their kids. The amount of parents I have explained the content of GTA V to and they just come back with "I don't care keeps him out of my hair" all I am trying to do is make you aware of what you are subjecting that 7 year old child to! Im sorry but if I had kids there is no way they would play this. Most kids that are coming through now cannot tell the difference between a video game and reality because no one has sat them down to explain it. As a game shop owner myself it frustrates me when parents do this maybe its parents who should be better educated not just the kids.

    It's fantastic to hear that at least someone is out there in retail, informing and giving advice to parents about these things. Keep it up, and I do hope that others out there will be just as proactive!

    Im 15 right now and i am very guilty of asking older friends or my parents to buy me games that are restricted for people my age. I do think that some parents should take more responsibility for their children but not base it on age but rather on maturity of the individual. If you see your child understanding
    And mature enough then give them the greenlight and if not, sit down and tell them why they cannot play the game. Personally my parents never put much restriction on me because they know im mature enough to understand whats going on and when it crosses the line. This is my opinion as a teenager that grew up with no restriction on what media i watched and played.i could write alot more but since i am writing this on a phone, its a bit difficult.

      We need more teenagers like this.

        I'd even go so far as to forgive the Jar Jar Binks username, good on you (presumably) Jake!

      I had much the same experiences when I was in my early teens.

      Hell.. 5 of us for Grade 6 graduation went and saw Die Another Day in gold class with no parental supervision.

      The only restriction placed on me was watching a 15 yo play GTA when I was about 11. I'm 23 now, and didnt get any restriction while I was a minor.

        Just to clarify this, Die Another Day is M rated, M rated is the equivelant of a PG13 in America. M15+ is not restriced, just recommended. There is no legal obligation on anyones part to stop a 9 year old seeing an M rated movie. After all, one of the Star Wars movies, Revenge of the Sith, was M rated. Personally, I have no issue with my son who is 9, sitting through any of the James Bond movies prior to Daniel Craig (Post Brosnan I do) as they were more of an adventurous nature, Craigs Bond though, is a different animal.

        This isn't slack parenting, this is realistic parenting, across the board restriction of M ratings from a child are silly. Deathly Hallows 1 and 2 were M rated from memory, and contained nothing in it a child could not see. Now, if a movie is MA rated, I won't let my son near it. M rated? I'll generally view the movie or at least look some clips up on youtube, read some reviews etc before he sees it. A grade 6 is what, 12 years old approximately, heading to 13 by that stage? Die Another Day, M rated movies, are perfectly acceptable.

        Had you said however you went to see, say, PREDATOR in the cinema we'd be having a different conversation lol. M rated or not...

      I grew up with very relaxed parents. I saw pretty much all the Arnie movies and stuff when I was a kid. I can remember some things that really burned themselves into my memory (I saw Toxic Avenger when I was about 6 or 7). Interestingly, as an adult, I like REALLY violent video games and I quite enjoy gory films. But I get really faint with blood in real life, if my kids get a cut I start to freak out too. When the wife watches medical shows I cannot even glance at the TV.

      I guess it goes to show there is, for me at lest, a real tangible distinction between fiction and reality.

    Great article and I understand your frustration. Some people are just plain ignorant and should've been castrated at birth!

    I myself have a couple of toddlers and the only time I play GTA or any other violent video game is when they are asleep!

    Well, parents who buy GTA for their kids and then complain about the themes in the game are no longer valid to do so.

    Looks like he is fulfilling his civic duty.. still have to let the parents decide what is right for their children. A co-worker was going to buy this game for her 13 year old son and I gave her an education of what this game contains. It's still her choice if she chooses to buy the game for him.. and I do feel a little guilty for potentially ruining his life (for a short time).. but people need to know that that R18+ rating on the game box is not there just for show. Think of it like buying a dirty magazine off the shelf in a newsagent (do people still bother with that...?).. it's R18+ rated and wrapped in plastic for a reason. Would parents buy these magazines for their children? Would they buy alcohol and cigarettes for their children? Encourage gambling?

    Some small percentage of parents would, no doubt.. but the majority wouldn't.. and so, they need to be educated in the content of such games.

    As stated, it is a breath of fresh air to us retailers that have to deal with this type of stuff. People coming back in really pissed off regarding the content of these games and how dare we sell them to them and their kids, used to make me laugh, especially after trying to convince them when buying for 20mins that these games are not for kids. Its not just GTA, COD Assassins and such are all in the same boat. When I was at GAME, we only had MA15+, and trying to convince a parent that this game is not for kids was an uphill battle most of the time. I think a big black R18+ rating will help these days, but parents still think "Its just a game". These games are made by adults, for adults, people need to realise this and the mainstream need to open their eyes more to the content that their kids are consuming. Kids used to fucking hate me when I told their parents that GTA was for adults too, true rage in their faces.

      I think they need to make some of those annoying adverts, in the same style of the anti-piracy ones at the start of all the legit DVDs, saying stuff like "Would you buy your child a porn magazine?" or "Would you buy your child a packet of cigarettes?".. Reminding them that these products are all designed and rated for Adults, not for kids, and then show a few flashes of the game content.. the lap dances, the brutal violence, the amount of language and so on.

        Isn't that what the rating on the front cover is for?

          You'd be surprised. Working at a gamestore you find quite a few people legitimately think that the rating on the box is how hard the game is, for instance, an R18 game is only for 18+ because of it's difficulty.

          Explaining that they're rather more like movie ratings than difficulty ratings can be helpful, but honestly a lot of non-gamers just don't have a clue.. Or just don't care.

    and yes, great article, thanks for eliciting an emotional response within me.

    I had to shoot down my 11 year old nephew on the weekend. He was banging on about how he can't wait to get GTAV. His parents seemed fine with it until I mentioned it was an adult game with very adult content. Pretty sure he's not getting it now.

    Also the same can be said about movies. On buying 2 tickets for World War Z a few months ago the ticket person asked 'Two Adults?". My reply "Well I sure ain't bringing a kid along". The double take between himself and the other ticketer said it all. Before they explained how often parents do bring kids along to even R rated movies.

      If I read the classification board website correctly, they should refuse to sell tickets to under 18s for an R rated movie, whether they're with a parent or not.
      MA15+ is OK for under 15s as long as the parent is with them, but R is 18+, no exceptions.

      my 11 year old nephew on the weekend. He was banging on about how he can't wait to get GTAV. His parents seemed fine with it until I mentioned it was an adult game with very adult content. Pretty sure he's not getting it now.

      Aw man, doesn't it suck to grow up to be the dream killing bad guy? It makes you rethink all the times you were a kid and found yourself thinking how terrible adults were huh? You did the right thing, GTA is just overflowing with adult content.

    The Annoyed Gamer over at GT said something similar and proposed that the AO(Adults Only) rating be enforced on games like GTA in the US. In Australia, we recently introduced the R18+ rating for videogames. I dont think it has done much to deter Parents buying GTA for their child though.

    There needs to be penalties for supplying R18+ content to minors, and much more awareness for the general consumer.

      Penalties to the seller I would agree with much like selling cigarettes to children, if it was being sold directly to the kid. But the onus really should fall on the parents. Often it's parents that are simply unaware of the content, as they have not been exposed to it first. So really it comes down to educating the parents. Heck my folks still think Mahjong on the PC is intense and would consider Mario Bros too violent.
      Not every parent sat in front of a console or PC growing up. So at times they are oblivious to what games contain. It's a bit like how I can name all the AFL team due to my interest in the sport, but I'm so oblivious to soccer I couldn't even tell you the name of one Aussie soccer team. But then not every parent either takes a vested interest in what their kid does. Especially if it keeps them out of their hair for 5 minutes.

    Great article. And your store sounds amazing.

    Can I have a job?

    All this finger waving is nauseating. Let people raise their own kids FFS

    I did laugh at the Aussie rating of R18+ and all it had listed with it was 'drug use'.

      I had a bit of a chuckle at the irony of that too, I mean...

      ...the graphic, interactive torture scene seems to be 'fine' with the R classification, but it's important to have a warning on the box if you're gonna have a bit of smoke. Because, you know, that shit'll fuck you up just by witnessing it. Contact high! :p

        Don't forget they were cool with all the topless strippers, hookers giving you hand jobs, blow jobs and having sex with you in your car and also they were cool with you filming a celebrity having sex in a public place..

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