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(Kotaku)   "Last week my store sold over a thousand copies of GTA V, at least a hundred of which were sold to parents for children who could barely even see over my counter." WTF is wrong with you parents??   (kotaku.com) divider line 159
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2013-09-23 12:54:34 PM  
Of course, half of them also received handguns as baby shower presents along with silver spoon sets and piggy banks.

The First Law of American Parenting: What Baby wants, Baby gets.
The Second Law: Love me, love my child.
The Third Law: Everyone must find my child as fascinating as I do.
 
2013-09-23 12:58:52 PM  
Probably not giving the kid enough milk.
 
2013-09-23 01:15:30 PM  
or maybe the game was for the parents not the kids.
 
2013-09-23 01:16:47 PM  
Short people got no reason...
 
2013-09-23 01:32:31 PM  

sithon: or maybe the game was for the parents not the kids.


While that may be true for a couple, I'm more than willing to believe that the majority of those parents were buying it for their kids. Hell, I saw one when I went in to GameStop on Friday to get it. The parent obviously didn't want to be there and the kid was bouncing off the walls he was so excited about getting it. Salesperson reads off the warnings on the back and the mom gives the most unenthusiastic "Yea, whatever" before swiping her credit card.
 
2013-09-23 01:36:50 PM  
My nephew told me his friends have the game...he's only 12. GTA V is definitely not a children's game...from language, drug use, hooker experience and titty bar groping..and parent that lets their child play this should get smacked up-side the head.
 
2013-09-23 01:54:35 PM  

brantgoose: The Third Law: Everyone must find my child as fascinating as I do.


ain't it the farking true.  and every little thing their child does is the most precious, greatest thing ever.
 
2013-09-23 02:12:26 PM  
Like any good, responsible parent, I don't play GTAV with my kids around.

Like any good, responsible GTA player, getting a blowjob and beating the hooker to death to get the money back was done almost immediately.
 
2013-09-23 02:30:20 PM  

Rev.K: Like any good, responsible parent, I don't play GTAV with my kids around.

Like any good, responsible GTA player, getting a blowjob and beating the hooker to death to get the money back was done almost immediately.


Picking up a 'hooker' is a little more interesting now...have you searched the internet for porn in GTA V?
 
2013-09-23 02:32:52 PM  

James!: Probably not giving the kid enough milk.


Nice
 
2013-09-23 02:34:51 PM  

ferretman: Picking up a 'hooker' is a little more interesting now...have you searched the internet for porn in GTA V?


I tried going to reddit.com/r/gonewild
 
2013-09-23 03:08:37 PM  

ferretman: Picking up a 'hooker' is a little more interesting now...have you searched the internet for porn in GTA V?


Well, looks like I got something to do after work!
 
2013-09-23 03:21:05 PM  
It probably wouldn't happen as much if there were a "Grand Theft Mariocart".
 
2013-09-23 03:45:42 PM  
Also, does anyone else have a love/hate relationship with Trevor? He's gotta be the most disgusting, despicable, irredeemable piece of shiat to ever grace a video game, and yet I can't stop laughing at everything he says or does.
 
2013-09-23 03:57:47 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Also, does anyone else have a love/hate relationship with Trevor? He's gotta be the most disgusting, despicable, irredeemable piece of shiat to ever grace a video game, and yet I can't stop laughing at everything he says or does.


I laughed when I ran into his toady, Wade, on a later mission and he was now wearing Juggalo face paint.
 
2013-09-23 04:00:14 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Also, does anyone else have a love/hate relationship with Trevor? He's gotta be the most disgusting, despicable, irredeemable piece of shiat to ever grace a video game, and yet I can't stop laughing at everything he says or does.


I haven't met him yet, but from what I've seen, he's an absolute scumbag.

I've been having fun going on murderous rampages with Michael.  it's pretty easy to evade 3-star wanted levels if you find the right hole to tuck yourself into for a few minutes.
 
2013-09-23 04:27:33 PM  

Rev.K: ferretman: Picking up a 'hooker' is a little more interesting now...have you searched the internet for porn in GTA V?

I tried going to reddit.com/r/gonewild


Did it work?
 
2013-09-23 04:59:41 PM  

Rev.K: Like any good, responsible parent, I don't play GTAV with my kids around.

Like any good, responsible GTA player, getting a blowjob and beating the hooker to death to get the money back was done almost immediately.


yep. This about covers it.
 
2013-09-23 05:29:26 PM  
Oh, get the fark over it.

They got the game before you.  It's none of your business what those parents buy their kids.  Are you the parent in that situation?  Are you the kid in that situation?  Do you see anything more than parents buying their kid a video game?  Right.  You can stop using the internet now.
 
2013-09-23 05:34:08 PM  

UberDave: It probably wouldn't happen as much if there were a "Grand Theft Mariocart".


It's called "Lego City Undercover".

No hookers, and you play a cop. You commandeer cars instead of stealing them.
 
2013-09-23 05:39:06 PM  
loll i went into this gamespot

clerk asked me if i was 18 and i said too him "u gona have 18 black eyes if u dnot give me grand theft auto 5 u frkkin bihtc"

he told me too take as many copy's as i want lol

u wish u had as many copy's of gta as me lol
 
2013-09-23 05:41:05 PM  

Mike_LowELL: loll i went into this gamespot

clerk asked me if i was 18 and i said too him "u gona have 18 black eyes if u dnot give me grand theft auto 5 u frkkin bihtc"

he told me too take as many copy's as i want lol

u wish u had as many copy's of gta as me lol


How's it look on your PC?
 
2013-09-23 05:41:11 PM  
Yeah?

WHO GIVES A FARK.

When I was a little kid we played cops and robbers with realistic looking six shooters.

We also watched the most violent insane cartoons called Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry (among others).

And we knew the difference between reality and pretend.

Because parents parented.

GET THE FARK OVER YOURSELF.
 
2013-09-23 05:42:50 PM  
www.drugwar101.com
First world problems.
 
2013-09-23 05:43:22 PM  

ferretman: My nephew told me his friends have the game...he's only 12. GTA V is definitely not a children's game...from language, drug use, hooker experience and titty bar groping..and parent that lets their child play this should get smacked up-side the head.


Not only can you grope the strippers, you can also take them home if you grope them enough and get their like bar high enough (talk about a game not based on reality). After that, the stripper you took home will start sexting you.
 
2013-09-23 05:45:52 PM  

RKTeuthis: When I was a little kid we played cops and robbers with realistic looking six shooters.


I had the Lawman Cap Gun

forum.guns.ru
 
2013-09-23 05:45:56 PM  
"Lastly, when I try to describe the content and warnings of an M-rated game to you, please don't ignore me and nod while scrolling through your iPhone."

This is a good example of a douchenozzle who takes his minimum wage job way to seriously.
 
2013-09-23 05:46:06 PM  

RKTeuthis: Yeah?

WHO GIVES A FARK.

When I was a little kid we played cops and robbers with realistic looking six shooters.

We also watched the most violent insane cartoons called Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry (among others).

And we knew the difference between reality and pretend.

Because parents parented.

GET THE FARK OVER YOURSELF.


... says the man "talking" to "people" on the "internet". This is just a notepad window, dumbass.
 
2013-09-23 05:47:42 PM  

brantgoose: Of course, half of them also received handguns as baby shower presents along with silver spoon sets and piggy banks.

The First Law of American Parenting: What Baby wants, Baby gets.
The Second Law: Love me, love my child.
The Third Law: Everyone must find my child as fascinating as I do.


img37.imageshack.us

Rule Zero: You don't have a god damn clue what you're talking about.
 
2013-09-23 05:51:42 PM  
Haven't played it, but did watch a video with the strippers on GT. Considering how uptight the ESRB is towards sex, I'm surprised they were able to get that through in an M rated game. Hell, some of the language used you don't even hear in R rated movies!

/clearly not watching the right R rated movies
 
2013-09-23 05:53:04 PM  

ReapTheChaos: "Lastly, when I try to describe the content and warnings of an M-rated game to you, please don't ignore me and nod while scrolling through your iPhone."

This is a good example of a douchenozzle who takes his minimum wage job way to seriously.


Actually, it sounds like someone who wants to protect his job.

We sold GTA V at work, and in Australia it's rated R 18+. That makes it a legally restricted classification and we have to get proof of age if we suspect the person buying it is underage. People can get fined if they sell a game with a legally restricted classification to someone underage (companies and individuals), so to me this is just standard CYA procedure.
 
2013-09-23 05:53:06 PM  

ReapTheChaos: "Lastly, when I try to describe the content and warnings of an M-rated game to you, please don't ignore me and nod while scrolling through your iPhone."

This is a good example of a douchenozzle who takes his minimum wage job way to seriously.


Really? Sounds like he's actually doing his job, unlike some minimum wage earners.
 
2013-09-23 05:54:16 PM  
Ah, the only thing more American than buying your kid something crazy is criticizing others for doing so as though you know what the flying fark you are talking about.
 
2013-09-23 05:57:03 PM  

roughridersfan: ReapTheChaos: "Lastly, when I try to describe the content and warnings of an M-rated game to you, please don't ignore me and nod while scrolling through your iPhone."

This is a good example of a douchenozzle who takes his minimum wage job way to seriously.

Really? Sounds like he's actually doing his job, unlike some minimum wage earners.


I don't require a minimum wage, less than high school educated clerk to give me advice of this nature.
 
2013-09-23 05:57:20 PM  
I was in Gamestop at the weekend with my eight year old and asked the teenagers behind the counter if they had anything with similar gameplay, chasing and shooting and so on, but without the "adult" themes. They looked at me like I was... completely normal, actually, and gave me some good suggestions.

/As an aside, given the way most of these games treat violence and drugs, and depict women as basically transporters for cleavage, they really should be rated I for Immature.
 
2013-09-23 05:58:26 PM  

RKTeuthis: Yeah?

WHO GIVES A FARK.

When I was a little kid we played cops and robbers with realistic looking six shooters.

We also watched the most violent insane cartoons called Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry (among others).

And we knew the difference between reality and pretend.

Because parents parented.

GET THE FARK OVER YOURSELF.


So I guess you're against any sort of maturity ratings on anything then, right? Because some of the torture scenes are emotionally disturbing even for some adults, regardless of how "pretend" it is.

The next generation is going to be full of insufferable douchebags because they were given everything they wanted by their pushover parents who don't know the meaning of the word "no".
 
2013-09-23 06:01:27 PM  

czetie: I was in Gamestop at the weekend with my eight year old and asked the teenagers behind the counter if they had anything with similar gameplay, chasing and shooting and so on, but without the "adult" themes. They looked at me like I was... completely normal, actually, and gave me some good suggestions.

/As an aside, given the way most of these games treat violence and drugs, and depict women as basically transporters for cleavage, they really should be rated I for Immature.


Like what? That might be fun...
 
2013-09-23 06:01:55 PM  
Big dog! Big nuts!
 
2013-09-23 06:02:57 PM  
Anyone comparing this to kids playing cops & robbers with cap guns and watching Tom & Jerry cartoons is out of touch on a level I have never seen before.
 
2013-09-23 06:05:06 PM  

Mad-Hamlet: brantgoose: Of course, half of them also received handguns as baby shower presents along with silver spoon sets and piggy banks.

The First Law of American Parenting: What Baby wants, Baby gets.
The Second Law: Love me, love my child.
The Third Law: Everyone must find my child as fascinating as I do.

[img37.imageshack.us image 500x642]

Rule Zero: You don't have a god damn clue what you're talking about.


As a parent and a grandparent...

Nope. They're right on the money.
 
2013-09-23 06:06:00 PM  
A friend of mine at work asked me if I thought it would be okay if his 8 year old son played GTAV. I told him "Look, I played GTA3 when I was something like 13 or 14, but for all it's violence, the game really wasn't THAT bad. GTAV should NOT be played by kids. It's really not appropriate for them. I would highly discourage letting your son play this." He asked why. I said "Last night I picked up a hooker, had sex with her, stabbed her in the neck, then set her corpse on fire. That sound like a kid's game to you?"
 
2013-09-23 06:06:14 PM  

Mad-Hamlet: brantgoose: Of course, half of them also received handguns as baby shower presents along with silver spoon sets and piggy banks.

The First Law of American Parenting: What Baby wants, Baby gets.
The Second Law: Love me, love my child.
The Third Law: Everyone must find my child as fascinating as I do.

[img37.imageshack.us image 500x642]

Rule Zero: You don't have a god damn clue what you're talking about.


pretty sure that was satire there, kiddo
 
2013-09-23 06:06:15 PM  

brantgoose: Of course, half of them also received handguns as baby shower presents along with silver spoon sets and piggy banks.


I teach in a school for kids who have behavior and emotional disorders, 98% of them live below the poverty line. The poverty line to which I am referring is $23,550/yr for a household of 4. These kids often don't have working utilities, enough food at home, and move from eviction to eviction. They cannot afford medication or clothing but guess how many of them had GTA V last week? Nearly all of them. Now many people could say "well they were just lying, they can't afford that" and I would agree but for some reason (showing off) when a kid gets a new video game they immediately bring it to school. It's not like we have consoles here. So I'd like to see a comparison of the per capita "silver spoon" kids vs. poor kids ownership once the buying frenzy dies down. Priorities are completely out of sorts for these "parents" of the poor kids.
 
2013-09-23 06:07:39 PM  

ferretman: My nephew told me his friends have the game...he's only 12. GTA V is definitely not a children's game...from language, drug use, hooker experience and titty bar groping..and parent that lets their child play this should get smacked up-side the head.


I have GTA IV. My 5 year old daughter loves driving and walking around town, but that's all she does.
 
2013-09-23 06:10:17 PM  

Krymson Tyde: ferretman: My nephew told me his friends have the game...he's only 12. GTA V is definitely not a children's game...from language, drug use, hooker experience and titty bar groping..and parent that lets their child play this should get smacked up-side the head.

I have GTA IV. My 5 year old daughter loves driving and walking around town, but that's all she does.


Yeah, when YOU'RE there. I was wondering why someone named "LilPrincess2007" was at the top of the leader board for most time with 6 stars.
 
2013-09-23 06:12:41 PM  
God I hate this, I hate it more than anything. The most common response when I ask if they know it's Mature "If I don't buy it he'll just play it somewhere else", or the cringiest "If I don't he/she won't be popular."

I wasn't allowed to play Doom until 13.


/ Fark, I guess that means I'm getting old.
// Get off my lawn
 
2013-09-23 06:14:08 PM  
As good as GTA V is I can't wait for the internet meltdown when the online portion is revealed to have microtransactions and other players are allowed to steal things you bought with real money. It will be hilarious to see people who aren't used to that kind of PVP experience it.
 
2013-09-23 06:16:46 PM  
You could, as a business, not sell it to them. That's a choice you can make. Like, imagine if they were trying to buy beer for the kid and you wouldn't sell it to them...do that. Or, don't complain about it.
 
2013-09-23 06:20:20 PM  

Shedim: We sold GTA V at work, and in Australia it's rated R 18+. That makes it a legally restricted classification and we have to get proof of age if we suspect the person buying it is underage. People can get fined if they sell a game with a legally restricted classification to someone underage (companies and individuals), so to me this is just standard CYA procedure.


Yea, that is illegal in the US since video games have first amendment protection. A store can decide not to sell to minors, or anyone else, but the state can't fine them if they do.
 
2013-09-23 06:21:27 PM  

Dragonflew: RKTeuthis: Yeah?

WHO GIVES A FARK.

When I was a little kid we played cops and robbers with realistic looking six shooters.

We also watched the most violent insane cartoons called Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry (among others).

And we knew the difference between reality and pretend.

Because parents parented.

GET THE FARK OVER YOURSELF.

So I guess you're against any sort of maturity ratings on anything then, right? Because some of the torture scenes are emotionally disturbing even for some adults, regardless of how "pretend" it is.


Wrong.  Maturity ratings are fine as guidelines. Parents get to decide how to use those ratings in making their decisions. As for comparing what disturbs adults to what disturbs kids, age isn't really a factor; some adults are disturbed by things that I've seen children shrug off.
Example: My niece (all of 3 or 4) told an adult not to worry about the zombies on the television as they were just people in makeup.

The next generation is going to be full of insufferable douchebags because they were given everything they wanted by their pushover parents who don't know the meaning of the word "no".

The world is already full of those "insufferable douchebags" and has been for a long time. Anyhow, what does permissive parents who spoil their children with EVERYTHING have to do with parents who choose to allow their kids to play violent games? I admit there's some overlap but it's not nearly 1:1.
 
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