Chris wrote:I see little problem with it. They're just toys. Now I think it would be beneficial if parents who gave their kids toy guns reminded them that they are just toys, that real guns aren't to be played with, and perhaps regulated the way kids behaved with these toys; but by and large, things like toy guns and so-called 'violent' video games don't really bother me as a parent. I think people make too big a deal out of them.
I have my questions about the video game aspect. There's a big difference in when my uncle was a kid and the most violent toys were popguns that went bang bang or rather click click, compared to today you have a virtual blood and guts free for all. Now, some of these games, I guess like the military sniper games or something, it's been said that they are made to be as close as possible to real military virtual training, so if there's any truth to this, you take the technology used to train recruits to kill, I don't like the idea of that being in a game that kids are playing.
And these games ARE marketed at older kids, and if people would abide by the ratings it would be fine, but a lot of the kids playing these T and M rated games are 5 years old and up, and the parents either don't care or aren't there to pay attention. I'm sorry but at 5 years old you're still learning a large deal about what's real and what's fake and the difference in the two, if there isn't anybody there to point out the difference, and in a lot of homes there aren't, then I do think that could pose a problem. Ultimately it does come back to the parents but also I do believe there are some things kids will benefit from not being exposed to at a very early age. I say when they're little let them play cops and robbers, when they get older AND they have the money to buy the games themselves, THEN they can play army sniper assassin or whatever.