Who Should be Responsible for Limiting a Minor’s Access to Violent Games? Poll Offers Schizophrenic Results

November 3, 2010 -

In advance of yesterday’s oral arguments for Schwarzenegger vs. EMA, the First Amendment Center polled over 1,000 adults for their opinion on where responsibility should fall when it comes to deciding whether kids should be able to buy or rent violent videogames.

86 percent of the respondents indicated that a “great deal” of the burden for such choices should fall on parents, while 43 percent indicated that videogame manufacturers and retailers should carry a “great deal” of the responsibility. Only 28 percent thought the government should wield a “great deal” of influence over such decisions.

On the flip side however, 68 percent of those polled said that “yes, the government should be able to prevent the sales or rentals of violent videogames to children under 18.” Only 31 percent said that the government should not be involved in such a policy.

It’s probably relatively fair, or at least interesting, to add up the “great deal,” and “fair amount” choices that respondents were asked to choose from when asked about doling out responsibility for a minor’s access to violent games. Doing so would total 94 percent for parents (86 + 8), 73 percent for retail establishments (43 + 30), 65 percent for game manufacturers (43 + 22) and 56 percent for the government (28 + 28).

Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center., added, “Mom and Dad are still in the best position to keep inappropriate content out of the hands of kids.”

Gallup conducted the poll on October 29-30.

Full results here (PDF).

Comments

Re: Who Should be Responsible for Limiting a Minor’s ...

I've said it a million times. One minute everyone wants the government off their back and out of their business. Next minute they demand the government enforce into law what they should be enforcing as parents or even just responsible human beings.

"With free speech either all of it is ok or none of it is." Kyle Broflovski

Re: Who Should be Responsible for Limiting a Minor’s ...

I think they might be taking the idealistic view that the restriction of sale that currently happens would be made law, and therefore universal.

I doubt they understand or care about the fact that Government intervention is unnecessary and could cause problems for the industry (and why would they?).

Re: Who Should be Responsible for Limiting a Minor’s ...

So you want a realistic, down-to-earth show...that's completely off-the-wall and swarming with magic robots?

Re: Who Should be Responsible for Limiting a Minor’s ...

One kid seems to love the Speedo man... what more do they want?

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Re: Who Should be Responsible for Limiting a Minor’s ...

I have a feeling that even if they believe the ratings work and have seen it work for their kid, they worry that a friend will have the game because of his lax/uninformed parent, and their kid will be exposed to it that way. It becomes "I do all I can, but other kids' parents are not as good as me." That's why I still think we need to make more efforts to disspel parents' fear of M-rated games as a negative influence. Then if their kid does want a violent game, they can shrug it off and say, "I don't get why you like this violent stuff, but boys will be boys, and I know it's not going to affect you."

Re: Who Should be Responsible for Limiting a Minor’s ...

Yes becuase the companies that sell the product are the reason why a child is playing GTA. Well maybe santa claus brought it for xmas last year. Blame him.

Or its the fast food companies fault that a kid is overweight beacause they forced the parents to buy them food.

Lol shakes head. I found these stories to be very amusing but at the same time very sad. 

Re: Who Should be Responsible for Limiting a Minor’s ...

Parents not wanting to parent.  Seems to be happening more and more these days.

Re: Who Should be Responsible for Limiting a Minor’s ...

That, and that those same parents want everyone to do the parenting in their place.

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Re: Who Should be Responsible for Limiting a Minor’s ...

It should always be the parent's job to keep violent games like GTA away from kids, no one else. Not even the government. 

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

Re: Who Should be Responsible for Limiting a Minor’s ...

Has anyone ever compared this law to children seeing R rated movies in the theater without a parent?

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Re: Who Should be Responsible for Limiting a Minor’s ...

Quite often. 

Both in the 'but this is already illegal, so why not for games!' and 'no, that is a common mistake, it is not illegal' ways.

Re: Who Should be Responsible for Limiting a Minor’s ...

What your kids can and cannot play is your call.  No one else's.  Not the retailers', not the manufacturers', and not the government's.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Who Should be Responsible for Limiting a Minor’s ...

Facepalm. And then they complain about why the government is invading their private life.

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Re: Who Should be Responsible for Limiting a Minor’s ...

I know it get ridiculous.  What the heck are up with these parent?  Sometimes I  don't understand why people keep saying they don't want the government snoop on peoplem but yet they want the government want to watch the children.  I think schizophrenic, and Bipolar disorders would be more of a good term.

 

Also Kotaku are asking gamer who should be monitoring the children playing video game, suprisingly every gamers said Parents (although some are putting sarcasm like Spiderman should be watching the children).

 

 
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ZippyDSMleeAndrew Eisen:Right because shes prefect and never exaggerates... *rolls eyes*08/29/2014 - 12:53pm
SleakerAnd honestly, nearly all of the games she references, or images she depicts I've always cringed at and wondered why they were included in games to begin with, from pinups through explicit sexual depictions or direct abuse. I think it's cheap storytelling.08/29/2014 - 12:35pm
Sleaker@AE - aren't most people fundamentally misunderstanding her at this point? haha.. On a related note I think a lot of the backlash is coming from males that think she is telling them their 'Generic Male Fantasy' is bad and wrong.08/29/2014 - 12:33pm
Andrew EisenAnd no, I don't think the female community would be upset over the performance of a case study in and of itself. Possibly the mostivations behind such a study, the methodology or conclusions but not the mere idea of a case study.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
Andrew EisenAmusingly, these videos aren't saying you can't/shouldn't use tropes or that sexual representations are inherently problematic so those are very silly things to have a problem with and indicate a fundamental misunderstanding of the series.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
SleakerDo you think the female community would get extremely angry over a male doing a case study on the negative impact of sex-novels and their unrealistic depiction of males and how widespread they are in american culture?08/29/2014 - 12:25pm
SleakerThe other thing that people might find problematic is that they see no problem with sexual representations of females (or males) in games. And realistically, why is there anything wrong with sexual representations in fiction?08/29/2014 - 12:24pm
SleakerTo even discuss or bring up these issues at a cultural level to begin with. Going straight for games to many probably feels like a huge overstepping given that it's interactive story in many cases, and when you're telling a story why can't you use tropes.08/29/2014 - 12:21pm
SleakerI think a large part of the controversy stems from the idea that games aren't culture setters, but culture reactors, and simply depict what is already in culture. So people don't care that games use tropes or are blind to them because we've failed ...08/29/2014 - 12:20pm
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Neeneko@ZippyDSMlee - jumping back (1) one can acknowledge systemic problems without requiring every male be a Neanderthal.08/29/2014 - 10:42am
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