Everyone has their own opinions on violence in video games. Some love games for the blood, guts, and gore. Coupled with the oh-so satisfying feeling of blowing a zombie’s head off with a 12 guage. Or taking another zombie, and hacking away at his neck with a cleaver until you’re using it as a bowling ball in your free time.
We, as gamers, typically enjoy getting revenge on the sniper that’s killed you 4 times in a row, sometimes, in the most specatcular of ways.
Therein lies a problem, however. Should your child really be subjected to that kind of violence? I’m a firm believer that kids under the age of 13 should not play the games listed below. There’s many more appropriate games out there for them.
And no, it’s not because of the worry that “if my 10 year old plays GTA V, he’ll think it’s okay to run people over”. We’ll get into the details for each specific game below, but believe me, that’s not the intention of this article.
Obviously, different children have different maturity levels and there’s no one size fits all solution, and at the end of the day it’s up to parents to make sure their kids are playing age-appropriate games. There are some 13 year olds that are more mature than some 30 year olds.
Grand Theft Auto V: PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One
GTA V is a gem. It has a massive world, great story, and plenty of fun things to do.
It also has a character named Trevor. Trevor is your typical trailer-park livin’, wife beater wearin’, ass kickin’ kinda guy. He’s incredibly violent. In-fact, the first time you’re truly introduced to the character, he throws a man to the ground, hits him in the face with a bottle, and proceeds to stomp his face in until it’s a squishy mess, all while screaming out the C-word.
Which leads me to the next problem with kids playing GTA V. The “F” word is mentioned, and this is NOT an exaggeration, over 1,000 times in the storyline. I’m not aware of any parent that wants their kid saying words like that. And since the characters in GTA V are very likeable, your kids could pick up the habit very easily. Other offensive words are said throughout the game as well, but we don’t need to get specifics on all of them.
One last thing, upon many unmentioned, that should seal the the deal on your kids not playing this game, is strip clubs. Yes, virtual girls taking off their virtual clothes, while your virtual character throws virtual money at them. Personally, I don’t see why anyone would want to partake in this. But if anyone is going to, it may just be little Jimmy playing the game alone.
That sums up GTA V and why you shouldn’t let your kids play it. My suggested minimum age for this game would be 16.