Survey: Parents Fear Kids’ Exposure to Video Games More than Alcohol, Smut & Violence

Just-released survey data from parenal advisory website What They Play maintains that parents worry more about their kids’ exposure to video games than alcohol, violence and pornography.

From WTP’s press release:

Nearly 3,000 respondents in two separate What They Play polls concluded that drinking beer and watching pornography were less objectionable activities for children than playing certain video games. Further, viewing violence was more acceptable than seeing content involving sex and sexuality within games.

WTP president John Davison commented:

These poll results demonstrate that parents are as apprehensive about their children’s media diets as they are about traditional social issues such as alcohol, drugs, violence and sex. When it comes to video games, parents should know that What They Play is a resource that helps demystify one of the most popular – and challenging – forms of entertainment their kids are into.

Dr. Cherly Olson, co-author of Grand Theft Childhood, is also quoted in the press release:

Although these findings seem surprising at first, they hint at fears parents have about video games. To some parents, video games are full of unknowable dangers. While researching for Grand Theft Childhood, parents we spoke with in focus groups often bemoaned the fact that they didn’t know how to use game controls – and felt unequipped to supervise or limit video game play. Of course, parents don’t want their children drinking alcohol, but that’s a more familiar risk.

According to WTP’s data, here’s what parents found most offensive in video games:

  • a man and woman having sex (37%)
  • two men kissing (27%)
  • a graphically severed head (25%)
  • multiple use of the F-word (9%).

Parents apparently worry about what their kids are playing on sleepovers, too:

The second poll… queried parents on what they’d be most concerned about their 17-year-old child indulging in while at a sleepover. More than 1,600 respondents revealed they’re more apprehensive about their child smoking marijuana (49%) and playing the video game Grand Theft Auto (19%), than watching pornography (16%) and drinking beer (14%).

GP: If accurate, the data poses some interesting challenges for the video game industry, starting with building parental confidence in game content as well as the means by which mature-themed games are kept away from younger players.

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98 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    While that is true, it doesnt mean the parents have to be completly oblivious about the game.

    For example: About a week after I got Halo 3, I wanted to get my Dad involved in what he says is "a waste of time" and have him play with me. So, rather than just throw him into a game, I taught him the buttons and everything. Not only was it a good bonding experience for us (he isnt home a lot), but it showed him that, while what happens in the game is both graphic and violent, I have enough common sense to know that its just a game and in no way should I re-enact anything I see on the screen in real life.

    Thats what parents should be doing: spending time with their kids and trying to like what they like

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hell, no. If we have four more years with a Republican president, I’m taking all the money out of my bank accounts and traveling the world (or at least moving to Canada).

  3. shady8x says:

    Yes the plastic bag thing freaked me out as well… aparantly they are illegal if the cops are looking for drugs, otherwise they are legal…

    He had a court apointed hack…

    but even if it was a good lawyer, drug cases are almost always found in favor of the cops…

    I believe the cops spent more money on his case then his apartment is worth… They got SWAT and a no nock warrant…and after finding NOTHING (the guy doesn’t even drink) they had to justify the bust somehow…

  4. Anonymous says:

    LOL.  I really don’t understand how it would be any different than supervising or limiting how much tv a child watches.  But then again they have problems with that too.

  5. Adamas Draconis says:

    Ey now, I never could get those damn things to quit blinking

    Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

  6. DeepThorn ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Drinking is worse…  The only reason tabacco isnt illegal is because it was main stream when the country started…  If a place is doing serious research that isnt botched for one reason or another, pot is less dangerious than smoking cigs.

    We all know that drinking is worse than either, but more hardcore drugs like meth are worse than that.

    This country is bassackwords…  Nudity is made to be a huge deal, though teens dress like whores even…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thats BS man, the way this country demonizes smoking and applaudes binge drinking confuses me. Its practically the same vice, and in my personal opinion drinking is worse.

  8. Father Time says:

    "Numbers aren’t bullshit, bullshit is bullshit."

    That’s what they said, not that numbers themselves are bullshit.

  9. Father Time says:

    These polls are a bit confusing to me.

    Do they ask parents what they’d realistically be concerned about (i.e. 51% of parents didn’t select pot because they don’t think their kids would be interested in smoking) or what?

    Also these parents are concerned they’re 17 year old will look at porn?

    Really in my opinion if a 17 year old wanted to look at porn then I wouldn’t see much of a problem with it.

  10. shady8x says:

    Well at least I finally know why this country is going down the drain, oh its alright kid, drink some beer and watch all the hardcore german porn you want but don’t play those evil vidja games or smoke pot…

    Hmm if it is such a concern than maybe we should make vidja games out to be as dangerous as pot and put a prison sentences for owning/having games or game paraphenelia…

    So a poster of a game can get you behind bars….

    This is how the media drives people crazy…. scare the hell out of parents and then convince politicians to ‘protect’ their children…

    A friend of mine just got probation for ZIP LOCK BAGS in which they found residue of SANDWITCHES, but after spending god knows how much time and money searching his apartment and car I guess they had to justify it so the used the paraphenelia laws to bust him on empty plastic bags and NOTHING ELSE…

    At this point I am starting to fear that games may be in for a similar treatment in the near future…

  11. DarkTetsuya says:

    Of course he did! He also*:

    – Invented the internet
    – Cured cancer
    – Caused world peace
    – Ended world hunger

    *Note: the preceeding may or may not have actually happened. (Spoilers: none of the above)

    But seriously, have you ever known him not to take credit where it was clearly undeserved?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Bill and Bobby watching 2 real people having sex on video is better than Billy and Bobby playing a game where 2 cartoon people have sex?

    I find it funny how people rate 2 men kissing as 2% more dissatisfying than a head on a pike.  Bet that makes some homosexuals feel really attractive!

    I find it so weird we live in a world where people are more concerned about a GAME and not drinking and porn.

    I also find it ammusing how the fear of pot makes a near 50% of the worry.  Granted the legalities are pretty bad, but it is weird that it has been decriminalized where I am from yet other places have such a fear of it.

  13. thefremen says:

    So basically, they don’t care if their kid gets HIV, but God forbid they smoke a doobie and play GTA? This just illustrates why I don’t trust the parents of other children.

  14. Anonymous says:

    It’s kinda ad that some parents would rather c their kids drinking beer and watching porn than playing violent video games

  15. Anonymous says:

    Watch the Penn and Teller Bullsh*t show on Numbers.. you can find it on Youtube

    Pollsters can manipulate the polls to show anything they want.. so if the pollsters already have a thing for videogames then they’ll make the numbers reflect that…

    Like Penn and Teller say Numbers are BULLSH*T!

  16. Paul T. Farinelli says:

    So, Jack, by your logic it’s reasonable to fear virtual violence coming into your home more than to fear alcohol or drugs, which have a much higher chance of bringing REAL violence into their homes? Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with you? Mentally, I mean.

  17. DmNt says:

    I cannot believe this. I can’t believe parents are more worried about video games than drinking/smoking for their kids. But I think it’s because they’ve never played videogames, so they have no idea what’s in them or how bad they are, besides what the media has been saying. And of course, the media is not helping, and it never does. It just makes parents believe that games are the worst thing imaginable for their child. Because you know, watching a murder in a game, is far worse than watching one in real life…

    This is still ridiculous though. So things like weed and beer, that pose REAL health threats that can seriously damage your child and possibly ruin their life, are not as bad as a video game? Oh please. I also find it weird that violence is lower than sexuality. I mean, sex may be subjective for your kid, but at least it’s encouraging something positive. What does violence enourage? At least gays aren’t at the top of the parent’s worry list for video games. They get treated just as bad as Communists did back in the 50s. It’s like America just can’t stop hating people for who they are and has to find a new target every decade. And they literally do.

  18. ZippyDSMlee says:

    Ignorance is bliss…..I have family members that wont vote for Obama because hes black but they always vote dim, but they don’t get the fact hes "whiter" than half the white people in the areas….oy vay……

     

    oh god 4 more years of the republican reich….if the country survives another 4 more years the people will be running to the PC nazis on the left ><

     

    ack sorry rant mode ><

    I is fuzzy brained mew =^^=
    http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com/
    (in need of a bad overhaul)

     

  19. Anonymous says:

    This is just sad really, and its "nice" to see that theres still major homophobia here in the States, ugh.

  20. Timmay! says:

    I’m not really too surprised about this, it’s kind of a given fact that parents are more worried about their kids seeing violent content and nudity, and hearing foul language, than they are about almost everything else.  The South Park movie covered that fairly well.

    The "big problem", at the end of the day, is that there are very few people sticking up for the game industry in the national media.  Where have the ESA and ECA been while a long list of national and local news agencies, along with countless private groups, have been running what boils down to a smear campaign?  There have been several recent quotes that still blame V-Tech on violent games, even when several groups found that not to be the case.  Why haven’t the groups that are suppose to be sticking up for gamers and game makers stepped up?  If the same thing happened in the film industry the wolves would’ve been let loose long ago.  Everyone complained about the book bombing after the Fox "news" piece, but did anyone see anyone else doing anything about it?  The reponse from the gaming industry was was almost invisible!  The only person who comes to mind who’s gone to bat on a regular basis is Patricia Vance, and I applaud her for what she’s done, but we need a lot more than that.

    The gaming community has been out here fighting for years for videogames to at least get a fair shake, and fighting against the stereotypes and fear mongering that have been so prevelant.  It’s time the gaming industry, the ECA, the ESA, game publishers, game designers, and everyone else involved on the industry’s side actually stand up for themselves and what they do, it’s time for the ESA and ECA to start moving on states and push education BEFORE legislation is brought up, instead of just fighting it after the fact, it’s time for the ESRB and game publishers to push harder for voluntary enforecement of game ratings at all retailers, and it’s time for game makers to grow some teeth and stand up for what they’re making as an art form that can be for either adults, kids, or both.

  21. Jarmne123 says:

    How old are the kids this survey is talking about? If it was below something like 15 or 16, then why the hell did the parents buy them the games? Or maybe they looked 17…… which is good enough at some stores…

  22. chadachada(123) says:

    Well I wouldn’t LIKE to see two men having sex, and in my opinion is more gross than seeing a fake severed head, but if I had a child, I’d say seeing a severed head would be worse for a younger child

  23. Zerodash. ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Simple answer: Parents are more familiar with porno, TV/movie violence, and alcohol.  Videogames are a great unknown to them- and it’s not like most older parents are able to figure out how to play their kid’s games.

  24. gameman9 says:

     < how i feel

    What has happen to the parents? Damn media. No way Jack Thompson had anything to do with this.

  25. mlucky says:

    Probably not the moat trustworthy source. they said it was a poll so it was probably just on their website which is focused on the "evil" of games so what do you expect?

    extra random though. it says parents are concerned about their 17 year olds playing GTA? you can buy it at 17. somebodies parents are a little too protective.

  26. omegaman says:

    "felt unequipped to supervise or limit video game play"

    Have them play in the living room and be there! Could it be any simpler?

  27. Pominator says:

    Hilarious though is it not that after almost 17 years of being alive, I am the only person I know in my age group that has not drunk alcohol, smoked anything or indulged in drug use, due in no small part to having videogames as my release, and to a similar degree, fantastic parenting, now what does that say about parents today?

    Your soul is a tasty refreshing treat to ones such as I

  28. Ian Charles ( User Karma: -7 ) says:

    Only in America would 2 people having sex, or two men!! kissing be considered worse than a "graphically severed head "

  29. Loudspeaker says:

    This doesn’t surprise me at all.  I’m sure this survey was taken from the same generation who couldn’t figure out how to set the time on their VCR.

    -Loudspeaker
    "Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

  30. DeepThorn ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    My parents would have been like, um… none of the above?  Pot isnt as harmful as cigs, beer is common and as long as the child is raised right they know not to drive afterwords, who cares about porn (how about sex?  my parents still wouldnt care and would just say, just use condoms, we dont want you having a mistake like we did, haha), and games is just a freakin joke.  Games I can see how stupid people would need to treat it like beer, but anyone who would pass the survival of the fittest idea in society wouldn’t have a problem.

    I cant remember who posted earlier about, if the US got attacked to the point we would all have to fend for ourselves, all of the people on medicare and stuff would die first…  but that is extremely true, and I support survival of the fittest.

    Now being around physically abusive people, use of hard core drugs (meth and so on),  and things that would be life threatening or psychologically damaging, that is what parents need to worry about, because as long as they are raising their kids right, they dont have to worry about the rest of it.

  31. jonwanker says:

    At 17, there’s gotta be something wrong with you if you HAVEN’T seen transvestite beastiality porn yet.

  32. Dog Welder says:

    If I had kids, I would let them play GTA IV before watching any of the Saw movies (as an example).  Those are far worse than anything contained in GTA.  (This is not to say that I’d allow my kids to play GTA IV, either — I wouldn’t.)

     

     

  33. Himmy Jopkins says:

    Not only that, but the parents are the ones BUYING the games. It’s confusing, it really is.

  34. Godkarmachine says:

    It’s beyond sad. Someone who worries more about their child playing video games than smoking does not sound like parent of the year to me. In fact, judging by the list of things parents find most offensive in games, it looks like the things a parent that wants to shield their kids from everything would fear.

    But what really strikes me as poor parenting is that they think it’d be better if their kids were smoking and drinking for real instead of doing it in a game, because somehow doing the acts in real life is easier for them to handle.

    If a parent is more worried that their child is playing video games than doing drugs, chances are their kids are out there doing drugs, because mommy and daddy are too busy checking their child’s room for game consoles than they are for other things.

    – The most frightening thing a person can ever hear: "I’m from the government, and I’m here to help"

  35. SS says:

    just goes to show how the family groups have scared parents.  The media has done some pretty good fearmongering.  This is just sad.

  36. Statistics and damn statistics says:

    The original survey said that the numbers of 19/16/14% for gta,drinking and porn were percentages of the 51% who didn’t give pot-smoking as a their first concern.  That’s means the percentages of the population queried were 9%, 8% and 7%.  I question who they tapped for this study — 49% have their strongest concern that their kids might try cannabis?  That’s listed as a cause of death with the CDC *zero* times (vs. drinking’s 100,000/year with the largest group being teenagers and younger adults).  I doubt my parents ever even heard of GTA…I really wonder what group of people they "polled"…some Republican parents group?

     

  37. Anonymous says:

    Not really surprising. After all sex and violence in games is one of the media’s favorite topics these days.

    Thats why I don’t watch the news, because you don’t get any real information anymore.

  38. Anonymous says:

    So parents would rather have their kids drink illegally, risk dying from alcohol poisoning/becoming an alcoholi and potentionally end up with lung caner from smoking, rather than controlling some pixels on a TV screen?

     

    LOL only in America.

  39. TheEdge says:

    I get more violent thoughts from watching the news than from playing games.

    I mean the shit they put on TV nowadays,and all the different ways they tell you how these people get killed,it’s usually far more than I see in any video game.

     

    Morons.

  40. Anonymous says:

    COME FUCKING ON!

    Seriously, did the parents stop when they came to "playing gta" and think "must be an anti-videogame survey, I’ll tell em what they want to hear and maybe they’ll give me a lollipop"?

  41. grifter_tm ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I guess all of JT’s hardwork is starting to pay off. Thank you JT. Thank you bi-partisan attention hungry politicians. Thank you Fox and CNN. You’ve instilled the world with much paranoia and made it a more sh*tty place to live in.

    Thank you very much.

  42. DeepThorn ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    They’re parents not super heros, come on, it isnt like they had to be enough of adults to commit an adult act to have a kid, they had a stork magicly bring one to them like every other parent in the world.  The government is responsible for these kids, not the people who are suppose to feed them because that is already a hard task to commit to.

    /sarcasm

     

    these parents need a swift kick to the head, maybe 2 for some of them…

  43. shady8x says:

    There are several games where heads are severed but it isn’t very graphic.

    Than there is Fallout 3 coming in a few months… One of its main selling points is the graphically severed everything including heads…

     

  44. Father Time says:

    "A graphically severed head – What game is this?"

    I don’t know but I’d honestly be surprised if there weren’t any games that featured a graphically severed head.

  45. Cecil475 says:

    "According to WTP’s data, here’s what parents found most offensive in video games:"

    • a man and woman having sex (37%)
    • two men kissing (27%)
    • a graphically severed head (25%)
    • multiple use of the F-word (9%).

    A man and a woman having sex – Mass Effect?

    Two men kissiing – Bully?

    A graphically severed head – What game is this?

    Multiple uses of the F-word – What? Fat? Fart? Fark? Oh..THAT word. Yes. Fuck is a word in some videogames. It is also a word  used in quite a few movies and in music…but you’d all rather them watch and listen tho those than to play a videogame. Besides, if you follow the ESRB’s GUIDELINES! You won’t see anything on that list making its way onto a game that’s rates E-T. You still have to be the parent and see what they are getting..or are you too lazy?!

     – Warren Lewis

     


    R.i.P GamePolitics 2005-2016

  46. Pominator says:

    So Zippy, does that make you know who a one man clan? Cool!

    Your soul is a tasty refreshing treat to ones such as I

  47. Monte says:

     Good ol’ fashion grounding always worked on me… the classic method of denying a child of there favorite things, tv, video games, playing with friends and so forth. Though such methods do garnish a bit of hate and scorn from the child if you start it off young it will help them get the message… and if you’re gonna give a kid an allowance, make them EARN IT instead of giving them free money… Though a good way to lessen the hate is to balance the negative punishment with some positive rewards for especially good behavior(as in doing more than just following the rules; don’t want to spoil em’)…  you got a make sure you still give the kids enough love that they keep loving you back and don’t just remember the times you punished them. Gotta give em’ the overall message, "be good then we’re all happy"

    Another thing parents need to stop doing is giving their kids so many damn luxuries… A lock on their door, their own computer, their own tv, being lenient on curfews and so forth; really you’re just making it harder to keep an eye on them… let them grow up, mature and show you that they can use such freedoms well and do not require you’re watchful eye

     

  48. SS says:

     

    "They’re just talking about spanking, there are other methods too.  Disciplining does not need to involve corporal punishment.  I’m talking about parent’s not backing down too easily and being tough in misbehaviour.  There needs to be no spanking."

    How did I say you can only keep kids in control by only spanking?

     

  49. thefremen says:

     Exactly. It is just like when 2 year olds say "I love you" because they know they will get all kinds of positive responses from parents and grandparents. They may have no idea what they are saying but they know what it gets them. 

     

    Or when politicians say that they will balance the budget and also lower taxes. They really do not understand how to do that but they know they will get a positive reaction.

  50. thefremen says:

    Neither me nor my wife have ever spanked our daughter but she knows exactly whats expected of her and repeats the rules she lives by when role playing with dolls. Saying you can only keep kids in control by spanking is like saying you can only get frags in death matches by camping a random doorway. Yeah, your method may work but it is not necessarily the best method and certainly is not the only method.’

     

  51. Krono says:

    Yeah, I think most kids that age don’t know what the insults actually mean. All they know is that they’re shocking, insulting, and offensive.

    -Gray17

  52. Krono says:

    The parents that are actually disciplining their kids, being role models, controlling their kids media intake, and in general interacting with their kids are usually too busy to be telling people about it.

    -Gray17

  53. Freyar says:

    Whatever happened to disciplining your kids when they are young so they don’t grow into maniacal teenagers?

    Becuase various ‘research studies’ indicated that discipline can be harmful to children later on in their lives.

     

    What happened to being a role model?  Too busy fighting your spouse to notice that your child is watching.

    Because of anti-violence and responsibility activists we no longer see role models like G.I. Joe, Voltron, or the like. Instead we end up with pacifist ‘Dora the Explorer‘ shows, which aren’t bad as they are, but hold no real moral value in terms of real-world application.

     

    Whatever happened to controlling what your kids watch or play?

    Just ask, the TV is now the babysitter of America, cutting out thousands of jobs!

     

     

    Whatever happened to interacting with your kids and sharing experiences with them?

    Los Angeles is already working on that.

    —- There is a limit for both politicians against video games, and video games against politicians. http://www.goteamretard.com

  54. SS says:

    And the parents blame everyone else. 

    Whatever happened to disciplining your kids when they are young so they don’t grow into maniacal teenagers?

    What happened to being a role model?  Too busy fighting your spouse to notice that your child is watching. 

    Whatever happened to controlling what your kids watch or play? 

    Whatever happened to interacting with your kids and sharing experiences with them? 

     

  55. SS says:

    "Becuase various ‘research studies’ indicated that discipline can be harmful to children later on in their lives." 

    They’re just talking about spanking, there are other methods too.  Disciplining does not need to involve corporal punishment.  I’m talking about parent’s not backing down too easily and being tough in misbehaviour.  There needs to be no spanking.

    I guess external role models help a bit.  But the biggest role models are people you know.  You are likely to be negatively affected if your parent’s fight.

    It’s sad that the TV is a babysitter. 

     

     

  56. Cecil475 says:

    "One girl tells her dad to "stop being a fag" (this is America btw, where fag is a pretty intense term for a 10-year-old), and another tells her dad to chill out as if she was the head of the house or something."

    More than likely, the girl has no idea what fag means. My sister was that age when she said the same thing to me and I asked her what a fag was, While I can’t remember what she told me, it was not right. She had no clue what a fag was other hearing it from some one at school. Yea, I think some kids rule the roost at home and the parents wail about how they are so helpless.

    Just my $00.02

     – Warren Lewis


    R.i.P GamePolitics 2005-2016

  57. chadachada(123) says:

    I for one will follow my dad’s example. When I do something that I know damn well is bad, well, that deserves a smack or two. Good ol’ fashioned bend-kid-over-knee and spank his/her ass. There’s limits, of course, but not doing anything will just turn them into spoiled lil brats

  58. Dynamo Lampy says:

    ‘Kin ‘ell.

    When I was 8 my Mum showed me how to play HER ZX Spectrum 128K.

    Soon all the people who don’t understand the merits and differences of video gaming as a medium will be dead.

     

    Honestly, God-fearing flag-waving Americans are a depressing example of blissful, harmful and celebrated ignorance.

  59. ZippyDSMlee says:

    the history channel calls it clannish mentaility, not the KKK klan  but slightly introverted small groupings of human populations that are very tight knit and dismissive of outsiders.

    I is fuzzy brained mew =^^=
    http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com/
    (in need of a bad overhaul)

     

  60. Anonymous says:

    Wow. This makes me want to kick people’s doors in and kiss my boyfriend in front of their kids.

     

    Okay, I was being totally immature, but whatever, I just needed to get that out.

  61. Father Time says:

    Well not in the U.S, here that game either gets Ao and the retail/console ban or it gets rated M which is for 17+.

    Although if an M rated games does have a man and a women having sex it won’t be on camera (see Grand Theft Auto and God of War).

  62. Adamas Draconis says:

    Alas in the U.S. it would be AO rated which, since most retailers are idiots, will not sell, even though they will sell unrated and NC-17 movies. (saw Showgirls at Wally-world and it just struck me as funny)

    Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

  63. Mr.Tastix says:

    That first one about a man and women having sex? Wouldn’t that be in an R18 game anyway? A RATED 18 GAME? A GAME FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE 18 YEARS OLD OR OLDER?! If parents have a problem with those games then I have one thing to say…

    STOP BLOODY BUYING IT FOR YOUR DAMN KIDS!

    — Joshua Smellie

  64. Father Time says:

    "The video game industry should really launch a campaign to enlighten parents about how games are not harmful, in spite of what the media says."

    Well I think they should try to get the word out that they don’t cause people to commit crimes but other than that launching a media campaign seems like a bad idea.

    We’ve been saying repeatedly that these games are designed for adults and if the game industry starts walking around saying they’re harmless then it may be seen as trying to get parents to buy these adult games for their kids (kind of indirectly marketing them to children). Now it might be true in most cases that gamers have been saying they were designed for adults instead of the designers but how many people out there will make that distinction?

  65. Mr. Blond ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    For the graphically severed head, I’m guessing one of the Manhunts, or maybe Postal. Unless it was a hypothetical of what could be in certain games.

    The video game industry should really launch a campaign to enlighten parents about how games are not harmful, in spite of what the media says. Even saying there are efforts to keep kids from buying these games in the first place actually serves as a de facto admission that they can harm kids. Instead, they should say that their fears about violent content are unfounded, while still encouraging parents to decide for themselves.

  66. Adamas Draconis says:

    only thing i can think of right off hand is RE4 if the guy with the chainsaw gets ya.

    Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

  67. Ploppy says:


    I agree, interesting as those poll results are, I’m not sure we can take statistics about parents views of video games from a site called ‘What They Play’ at face value.  

  68. Anonymous says:

    It should probably be noted that this poll is from a site designed for parents to become more informed about video games.  It would only make sense that people taking the poll are more inclined to worry about the effects of video games on their children.  I doubt that this sample of the population accurately represents the general population.

  69. Krono says:

    It depends on the parents involved in my experience. Plenty of them do know how to do their job, and have their priorities straight. They’re too busy actually raising their kids to sit around moaning about stuff in public.

    -Gray17

  70. Geoff ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wow, parents today apparently don’t have their priorities straight.

    They are more afraid of Gears of War than they are of a minor getting access to alcohol?  I understand that they feel "better equipped" to handle the alcohol issue than video games, but the latter of the two can result in actual real life problems.

    And what the hell is up with that one part of the survey where parents are more worried about two men kissing in a video game than having a severed head be displayed on screen?  Some people should not have been allowed to reproduce in the first place if they can’t prioritize correctly.

    All this has done is reinforce a theory of mine; once the "gamer generation" becomes the dominate adult demographic, these kind of issues will fade into the background.

  71. Anonymous says:

    So stupid, they would rather have their kids binge drinking with their stupid friends than playing a video game, these parents need tog et their head out of their ass. Also smoking pot shouldn’t be any worse than drinking, as a matter of fact if I had a kid I’d rather they be smoking with their friends than getting piss drunk and driviing into a tree.

  72. Gift says:

    "Also smoking pot shouldn’t be any worse than drinking"

    Popular as it is to view smoking pot as less harmful, I’m not really convinced that’s the case. Ingesting it… maybe (I’ve not seen data the to know) but inhaling smoke of any kind is not really recommended.

    Otherwise, yes I agree, clearly a significant number of people don’t appropriately prioritise their worries.

    Gift.

  73. Hasmidas ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

     I feel I should point out that marijuana, while pretty much harmless to adults, is known to be rather detrimental to developing brains (and our brains don’t finish growing until our early 20s). The younger the brain, the more likely it is to cause damage. I have personal experience that correlates with this as well–I knew several people in high school with sub-par brain functions because they’d been smoking pot since they were 9.

  74. Anthrax says:

    There was a decapitation in American Mcgee’s Alice, but the person who was killed was a freaking chess peice, hardly realistic.

    Whether the survey is an accurate representation of American parents’ opinions, it’s still sad as heck. Fox news has really done a number on our common sense.

  75. KayleL says:

    Kids becoming spoiled? If you ask me, the only, and I mean the only way to get spoiled is from the parents, and parents alone. So how are these parents complain about their child being spoiled?

    Also, parents are worried about their kids seeing two men kissing? This proves even more that today Homosexuals are treated much worse then African-American

  76. chadachada(123) says:

    Now, I’m 16, and I admit that I am sometimes a bit spoiled (my parents never really gave me chores to do around the house until about a year ago), but some younger kids I’ve seen today can get away with saying stuff that would’ve earned me a nice healthy smack on the ass.

    I was at a going-away party for my friend who was moving, and her 10 year old little sister (and her sister’s friends) just constantly ran around, etc etc. Then, one of them got the idea to throw an egg at my friend, and what punishment do the girls get? They get yelled at, and some of them go on the verge of tears, so the dads back off. One girl tells her dad to "stop being a fag" (this is America btw, where fag is a pretty intense term for a 10-year-old), and another tells her dad to chill out as if she was the head of the house or something.

    The fact that I’m only 16 and think that the kids 6 years behind me are spoiled just shows how bad this is getting, and I blame the parents

  77. Anonymous says:

    With every new generation the older generation cries out that society is going downhill, kids are all becoming spoiled little a-holes. And not just recently, this cyclic behaviour has been happening for a long ass time and will continue to happen. The generation that calls this new generation a bunch of spoiled idiots with no moral vaules were described the same way, and they did not learn from it.

  78. gs2005 says:

    This also potentially represents the decline of the responsible parent in the modern age.  I have encountered many parents who just let their infant do whatever they want.  Bad behavior with the infant?  Oh, the infant will just "grow out of that behavior", which never happens of course.  Then, later when the infant has grown into a child and challenges the parents over and over and over again because as an infant they learned there are very few boundaries, the parents just give in.  As the child becomes an adolescent they become a problem to society and it just gets worse from there.

    These same parents then blame their original inability to be an effective parent from day one on society instead, which then gives politicians such as Leland Yee all the ammo he needs…

  79. NovaBlack says:

    ”viewing violence was more acceptable than seeing content involving sex and sexuality within games.”

     

    you what now?

    so a kid seeing a dad beating a wife,  or seeing  a fight out on the street is MORE acceptable than in a video game…?

    ill repeat…. you what now?

  80. Anonymous says:

    I find it interesting that video game sex/homosexual kissing is more offensive than graphic decapitation in the first survey, and that video games are worse than pornography in the second poll.  The results sound contradictory to me.

  81. Paul T. Farinelli says:

    Oh my, this is really pathetic… It says alot about how well the media have scared parents into believing this nonsense. And please, no one say that Thompson played a major role in this. 1st, he didn’t, and 2nd, if you say that he’ll just take it as a compliment for whatever reason.

  82. DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    And THIS, my friends, is part of what is wrong with society today. Game, set, and match.

  83. I_Kerotan_I says:

    Gay men kissing is still more offensive than a severed head.

    These are strange times that we live in.

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