Nancy - posted on 11/09/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )
We got our now 11 yr old son an XBox last year for Christmas. We have a Gamecube, two Wii's, and 3 Nintendo DS games. We knew the games for the XBox are more mature but had no idea we would be in contest every month when a new "shoot 'em up game" comes out. He has played "Halo" " Call of Duty" and "Modern Warfare" at his other people's houses. We bought him the "teen" versions for the WIi and xbox. I have seen and heard these games. Some of the language is harsh and frequent (but admittedly, sadly enough not the first time He has heard those words) But anyway, he is trying to convince me that these games you shoot bad guys or aliens. That there is not much blood, bc it is green and he will not say the words he is bombarded with. He is kind of immature and I just don't know how lenient to be with these games. I know on some of the games you can turn the game where you actually shoot American soldiers or the more civialians you gun down at the mall the more points you get. I know on one of the racing games you can get money or points by picking up prostitutes and have sex in the back seat, they only show the car rocking and some racket but still.
I know that games are getting more advanced but I feel compelled to police them still. I am afraid that if we "allow" even one rated "mature"game in the house, this will be a flood gate for others that he is not ready for. One side of the family has an "anything goes" mentality and would not bother to screen bc they want to be the faves and us to be the bad guys. Do I care too much? Am I making a big deal? Should I just let some of the war games only in? Your advice would be much appreciated.