Nov. 9, 2011 Episode
PQotW for Nov. 9, 2011
PQotW: Do You Let Your Kids Play Mature-Rated Games?

This week’s Podcast Question of the Week concerns that juggernaut of a game that just got released:

Do you let your kids play Mature-rated games?

Everyone in the world is playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Hey, we are too! But the ESRB suggests that this game is a no-no for kids under 17. With constant gunfire, characters chattering out curse words, and buckets of blood, we’re not so sure we even want kids in the same house while this game is being played. But there’s always a couple parents that don’t mind digital violence. So – do you let your kids play M-rated games? Just some? Just one? Do you screen the games first through rentals?

We want to know! Leave your answer in the comments here and we’ll read some of your answers on our podcast, Sunday, 11/13.


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  • I’m considering getting a PS3 for Christmas this year – yeah, I know I’m one of those ‘early adopters’ huh? This game is on my list to get but I also have a 9 y/o and a 2 y/o in the house. They will not be allowed to watch, let alone play this game. I’ll have plenty of fluffy bunny games for them to play (and Madden ’12).

  • I dunno. Tough question. I can remember playing Duke Nukem 3D, fragging aliens and strippers. Am I all messed up now? Nah, I don’t think so.

    What actually concerns me sometimes about games like MW3 is that television screens and speakers have been improved so strongly since I was “hardcore” gaming. I distinctly remember walking into my friend’s house with my children, and he had HALO or something on a big 90-inch projection and the machine guns on subwoofers. 

    It definitely enhances the experience of the game for the gamer, but it scared the piss out of my kiddos.

    • I think – and we’ll cover this on the show – that the realism angle, or maybe the false realism is really the kicker nowadays. Now that something can look like a real person killing another real person, it’s more of an issue than when it was pixels and obvious fake stuff.

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