18 rated game for a 15 yr old??

Jenny - posted on 10/28/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have a 15 yr old son and he wants to buy Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. I've looked into it and it's an 18 because of the blood and language. I have found out that you can turn down the graphic content (language and gore) but I'm still not sure whether to get it for him. HELP!

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Jeremy - posted on 12/28/2012

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Alright... My 13 year old son and I are very close. I don't let him get M games and he's okay with it. He understands that there are bad things in games that can lead to bad calls later in life. And he also understands that some things in games are just wrong. However he has explained to me that the ESRB rating system has its faults. I even agree with him. I think some games should be far worse than M and others should be T. So when buying your child a game, definitely don't solely go by the rating. What is really important is the content found in it. Also be open and honest with your child because I found that really helped with my son.

Jenny - posted on 10/28/2012

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Yeah and there's YouTube as well. I caught him watching videos of the game so I think he really wants it but I don't like shooters either. Most of his friends have games like this so, as you say, he'll probably end up playing it at some point.

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Would you let him go see an R rated movie, that was rated that way for the same reasons? If the answer is a no, then don't get it for him. If it is a yes or even a maybe, why not?



I personally (as a avid gamer) do not like video games like this series that glorify really events and wars, especially this one. It bugs me. But I also don't like shooters all that much.



One thing to remember as well is that kids find a way to play these games if they really want to. M rated games were a bit more rare when I was a teen, but honestly, I could have easily found someone with a copy and either borrowed it, or played it at their house. Either way, he will most likely end up playing it whether you like it or not.

Jenny - posted on 10/28/2012

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I think he is mature (maturer than most of his friends) but then they all have X-Boxes, Playstations etc and all my son has is a computer so I feel that I should give him a bit more leeway ...

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/28/2012

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It really depends on their maturity. Hate to say it, but most kids that age are probably playing it, but that doesn't really matter. It really comes down to each individual. Personally, I would say 16 is fine for that, but that is just me.

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