Moog Operator wrote....
g Giant Talking Cat murdering Tank piloting nuke dropping Alien Genocide technician who is also an expert at the use of Handguns, Knives, Crowbars, Bats, Shotguns, Submachineguns, machineguns, rocket launchers, alien-insect guns, gauss rifles, mechanical humanoid super weapons, grenades
I just read 101 posts and that was the funniest! Loved it.
If you want to make some things more difficult to get for minors, go ahead. We do it for booze, smokes, porn and violent movies, but kids will get to it eventually if they really want to. Heck I was masturbating to Playboy of all things when I was eleven, smoking pot and even played a game called 'Schoolyard Shootout' on the Atari ST what twenty years ago? The graphics sucked so you had to use your imagination. Who cares.
My friends daughter (eleven) comes over and I let her play Quake 3, she's well adjusted and knows it's just over the top, exagerrated fun. In fact she first started playing at nine, which might sound young, but she has a brain, and it wasn't 'disturbing' her. She's top of her class and very intelligent. She certainly isn't a 'killing machine' in the making.
Her mom thinks these games are 'stupid' and doesn't see the point, but doesn't forbid her from playing when she comes over. And if she did, I would respect that and put in Kings Quest VI, which we also play.
If she was a maladjusted kid and was always getting into fights at school and failing class and being an ass, maybe I wouldn't let her play, but then again, maybe if she was a kid like that this would be just the sort of aggresive outlet a person needs, who knows.
As for making violent games R-rated for minors, go for it. It won't affect me, and it probably won't do much in the grand scheme of things either.
PS, Great post Moog!