Published on 22nd March 2007 by
Originally Posted by Article(...) if the governments implemented the system carefully with consumer privacy in mind, I think it could be a good one.
Originally Posted by inflatableWe see these cries for bans on games because kids have access to them.. That's the problem that should get fixed..
In the end, if it still goes wrong, blame the parents, not the game.. If the law says their kids should not have access to that game, it's their responsability..
Originally Posted by Kipman725I was going to flame you for this but then I decided that would be a little imature, so I will just ask you to fully consider this in a historical context and in the context of your own childhood. Also please consider that this involaves a huge govenment database accesible by private companies and all that entais. Also consider how easily this could be bypassed even if implimented (which would surley be the day that any form of free expresion died along with any last vestiges of personal privacy).
and most of all consider that you are imply that you are more mature than those you would opress "for there own protection" while hypocritaly asuming that you are imune to the effects of the same stimulas.
Originally Posted by Da DegoI can't totally argue against this, i'm just offering the best solution I can think of. Ratings are here to stay, and there are just some games that probably aren't suitable for all minors. As always, that's the parent's responsibility to determine, which keying in a code could allow for. Do I think of my own youth at that time? Yes, and I think of my parents telling me I had to return Phantasmagoria because it was questionable for me at 14. I didn't like it then. But that's what being a parent is.
Not every parent is as careful as mine were. Sometimes it's out of the fact that they're lazy, but sometimes it's out of ignorance that the content can be that graphic in the first place. And though not every game deserves the ratings it is given, some level of parental consent isn't necessarily a bad thing to anyone except a teenager who just got told "no." :D
By implementing an active checking system, parents would be forced to choose to be lazy. They could give their kid the password and say "buy what you want." Or maybe their kid is responsible enough to trust with that. But the act of having to key that number in each time or at least receive an email that it was keyed in for you means a parent isn't able to just be avoided easily, wondering how their kid just bought Game X.
As far as my government ID system, it's absolutely no different than the guy checking your license at the cinema. I would want it to be implemented as such. :) I understand the privacy concerns, and I'd argue strongly for a system that takes them into account - THAT would be my recommendation ;) But the fact that it can be abused (as you're mentioning) is certainly good food for the discussion - where do we draw a line?
Originally Posted by Kipman725Individual responsibility starts as soon as you cna understand what your doing :)
Originally Posted by DougEdeyyou can legally "make love" at the age of 16, but you can't look at nudity until you're 18?
Originally Posted by Omnituenspersonally, I hate selling a game to an adult that is CLEARLY buying it for their kids who are too young for the title. I warn the adults about what the game contains, the just basically go "dont care, just put it though the till"
id say about 5% of the parents i warn actually listen to what i say, and ask for a suitable product.
Originally Posted by DougEdeyWho decides what age that is? In this country you can legally "make love" at the age of 16, but you can't look at nudity until you're 18?
In the US you can do a lot of stuff when you're 18, but can't drive?
Originally Posted by DougEdeyEveryone says this but then says that Thompson is evil and should be shot/killed/castrated but they don't realise that what he says is that unless an enforcable rating system comes in the games should be banned.
Originally Posted by FirehedThat said, most stores do anyways. I saw some guy clearly in at least his mid-twenties get carded to buy an "M" game (17+).
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