But getting parents to approve the games isn't even any better, since the media has put such a scare on the parents that the only thing they're going to buy for their kids is Barbie's Play Magic Funhouse or something like that. I
don't think that some of the games currently rated "M" are so violent as to warp kid's fragile little minds. The only stuff that I can currently think of that should not be sold to minors is Manhunt, since from what I hear thats really twisted. Games like Max Payne 2 or Vice City, just let them buy it. I mean, if the kid is over 14 or something, and doesn't have a crazy look in his eye, just let the kids play. Don't they realize the huge hypocrisy in trying to limit violent video games while promoting violence (as long as its labeled "peacekeeping") in almost every form of media.
Its great that I'm in Canada, where politicians still have some sort of rational thought left, and where these people can't infiringe upon my rights to buy video games.
That depends on the parents. My parents were flat out against me playing Mortal Kombat when it first came out (I was like 10 at the time, maybe a bit older, how long ago did it come out?), but they relaxed after a few years and are now accustomed to the fact that I'm perfectly OK playing violent games. But it is totally up to the parent, and they have to take an interest in what their child is going, which means more than just buying the kid anything they ask for.