What Does A Game Rating Even Mean Anymore?

I’m sure most people who play online can agree that FPS games are breeding grounds for obscenity-shouting 10 year olds. We’ve all seen/heard it. Some kid is always in the lobby shouting the most horrid things straight into your ear until the whole lobby mutes him. The problem is that we often blame these games for turning these kids this way, when I personally believe that the games have little to do with it. Yes, I agree that they might have taught the kids these words (Or the other people online that are playing the game), but it’s not the video game industry’s fault. I know this is a touchy subject to a lot of people, but you have to understand that these are just my opinions (Obviously seen right in the title). I believe that the video game industry often gets a bad rap for what the players¬†(specifically kids) do. After all, we rarely hear of an adult doing something horrid and having the media blame it on video games (Even though the average age for gamers is anywhere from 20-30 from the different sources I’ve read). I believe thatit is ultimately the parents’ fault for any and all bad behavior that the child might learn from a video game. After all, no legitimate game outlet will sell an M-rated game to a minor with all of the new laws in place. It’s the parents who are buying the games without even knowing what the game is about (All they have to do is look at the ESRB rating, but they often don’t). Also, these parents probably aren’t putting any parental controls on their console either. I’m not talking about full control, like these kids can’t do anything¬†without parental permission, but simply making it so that they can’t talk to strangers. That alone would help most of these children. After all, most games besides something like GTA have a small amount of curse words anyways (It’s mostly just violence). It’s the people online that say them. Admittedly, it is a touchy subject because it has to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Obviously not every child is like this. Some are way more mature than others, and therefore don’t need any parental controls, but I believe that when a child is screaming obscenities in COD, these are probably the reasons. So just to let everyone know, because it seems like a lot of people don’t, there are parental controls on all consoles! Check them out, because I’m sick of all these 10 year olds screaming at me while I’m trying to play games!

Oh, and if you don’t agree with what I’m saying, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. After all, I’m not just here to spew out my own opinions without hearing arguments against them. I want to hear your thoughts as well!

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