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Thursday Chat: February 26

It's Thursday.

Today I'd like to ask you about age ratings. What do you think of them? Should age ratings be strictly followed? Is it right for parents to let their kids play games which are not meant for their age range? Should more be done.

This comes about after an 11 year old lost his character in Destiny after someone he was share playing with on PS4 deleted his characters. I'm personally of the opinion that the child should not be compensated by Bungie as it'd basically be the company admitting that it's ok for those who are under the recommended age guidelines to play their game, what do you think?

Let's Chat!

Edited On 26 Feb, 2015

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Danny_936 2 years ago
Video games are super cheap and convenient baby sitters for parents and I don't think a lot of parents care about age ratings, Even if parents didn't let there kids play video games that they technically shouldn't be playing, they'd still gain access to it just by watching it on YouTube or Twitch TV or even play it at a friends house, I don't think there's much that can done about this otherwise it would of been done already.
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Dave 'BubbaJai' Aston 2 years ago
There are age ratings for a reason, same as movies. I have seen a pair of 12 year olds cradling their copies of GTA V. I do believe more should be done, even though it would be impossible to police
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JoeToots 2 years ago
Personally as a gamer i think it's all down to the maturity of the gamer. I think There should be abit of leniency around the age rating of 12 & 16 but should be strict on the 18 age rating. My Mum wouldn't let me play Bully till i turned 15!
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Bindiana 2 years ago
Kids will always find a way to play mature games there is no way to really police it. I have been in game many a time and see parents buying GTA for there kids who are about 11 or 12 and they dont seem to care. The Destiny situation is a strange one I agree the kid shouldnt be compensated as he is not old enough to play the game. I also feel the guy who deleted the characters should be punished but not sure how really as can ban him from PSN or Destiny but can easily set up a new account with a new email address.
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Kaysar 2 years ago
Age ratings are an essential part of protecting the "vulnerable" and are associated with nearly all media (except books, weirdly enough). I think they're needed in games and should be better enforced. However, kids mature at different ages and a 16 year old may be better equipped to deal with certain themes than an 18 year old. However, age ratings seem to be decent benchmarks. Speaking specifically about this case with Destiny, I'm not fully clued up on the details, but I'm not sure what Bungie did wrong that led to this person's character being deleted. As far as I'm aware a kid gave access to his console to a stranger and they deleted his characters. So I'm not of the view Bungie should compensate him.
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Dead 2 years ago
The kid learnt an important life lesson, perhaps 8 years old was a bit early for him to be learning it, but there's no real harm done, and no need for any compensation, least of all from Bungie.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Ratings are meant to be a guideline, it's up to the parent to decide if their child is mature enough. Problem is, too many parents use games as cheap babysitters
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Fear Sinséir1612 2 years ago
I've told someone on PSN once we started chatting and they told me their age range that I would report them to Sony for being 12 and playing DeadorAlive. The age ratings aren't just there for a purpose and to dissuade lazy parenting, I actually thought that if companies like TeamNinja, Sony and Microsoft didn't enforce them, they would be liable for operating fines and the whole 16/18 age rated game in question could even be pulled off the servers if it occurred too frequently. Isn't that right? That said, I was playing King of Fighters well before I was twelve years old + and it never harmed me any ^0^!
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Kwan 2 years ago
It's quite possible to say it depends upon the child's maturity, I played GTA Vice city when I was 9, never did me any harm and the didn't play another GTA until number 5. But it should'nt be a regular occurrence for kids aged 9 playing Destiny/ GTA/ Battlefield or whatever. I feel parents are more lenient with age ratings on games than movies and television. You wouldn't let a child watch an 18 movie, so why let them play COD?
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superniceguy 2 years ago
I was never affected with age ratings, as games in the 80s had no age ratings, as the attitude was that they were aimed at children. Then when games did have age ratings I was over 18 anyway. It probably started with Barbarian which brought gore and caused an uproar, being banned in some countries and changing the blood to gore. It is probably why parents are more lenient, as still thinking games are for children or if they are into games probably blind by the reality of the age rating. Future parents aware that games have age rating will probably become more strict. Consoles have parental control, and games could be designed to be flexible, if the game detects that the console is age restricted, the game alters accordingly - less violent, no swearing etc

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