Rants of a Bitter Old Gamer: GTA V

By Travis Underwood

I won’t be getting Grand Theft Auto 5. Something about the volume of kids 5-12 who are reserving copies with parents who don’t care about the M-rated content or are afraid of saying “no” to their kids is kind of making me hate the community of people who will be playing it.

The 5% of parents who turn away when I inform them of the content are my heroes. They may just be using that as an excuse not to spend the money but whatever.

Buy your kid a book. Let him enjoy learning and education and build himself as an individual before he gets thrown into high school so he can be prepared for the droves of idiots who will relentlessly try to break his spirit and inspiration to succeed.

I know it’s just a game but kids don’t need to be exposed to this kind of stuff. It really sucks when I, as a retail employee, have to do the job that most parents refuse to do.

For the record, I’m not saying GTA is going to be a bad game or that no one should play it. I’m also not saying don’t buy toys for your kids. Kids need to be kids every once and a while. Otherwise they become psychos. I’m just saying that people need to be aware of what they are doing to their own children and not blame video games or whatever for THEIR behavior.

I don’t believe video games in general will corrupt kids. I played the hell out of video games when I was a kid but the games back then were cartoonish in nature based on the graphical limitations of the time. Even with a lack of pretty cutscenes, back then heroes were…well, heroes! They fought for the good of the world, for righteousness, or just for the heart of a beautiful princess. Not for money, fame, turf or whatever. These kinds of games still exist, it’s just a shame that the world tends to overlook them for flashy games with shiny names like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty.

I love violent video games (and no, I don’t mean COD). I would never deny that. I’m an adult who knows the difference between right and wrong, real and fantasy. Violent video games are made for me and I embrace that. I’m just a little discouraged by some of the behavior I’ve seen surrounding such games.

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