Poll: Did your parents care what games you played?

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My parents didn't care what games I played (that I recall). I don't remember being denied games because of their content since my parents knew I had a good head on my shoulders and could differentiate video games and real life. Oddly, I do remember being unable to watch certain shows though - particularly Power Rangers. Odd, but true.
 

WrcklessIntent

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I'm 17 now so they just let me get watever i want. When i was younger though my dad wouldn't let me get M games though. I didn't play my first M game until i was 13 and it was Halo CE which by game standards I think it isn't even that bad to be rated an M. I mean there is was no language and there wasn't that much gore.
 

Vault101

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My parents dont exactally understand the whole gaming thing and thats fine,

did get a little worried that my mother might try and get me off them if shes thinks it will interfere with what ever job I get (you know my prestiguous career) or social life , however Im an adult so the gaming thing is not up for debate as far as im concered, besides gaming is merely a symptom not a cause of what ever "problems" I may have

I do wish I could get a change to show her how awsome games can be, and that they are not all mindless, even the violent ones


anyway I actually once got asked for ID at EB games for somthing 15+ never happened before I was actually surprised, I even bought an R rated film at JB HI FI no one ever asked
 

Danish rage

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Both my parents play video games to this day. Mom 54 and dad 65 years of age.
My son and I play games mostly on the 360 or pc.
We all love violent movies, games and books. Mom beeing an absolute vampire fanatic, and my 6 year old son a zombie freak. And dad are just SOOOO fucking amazed over the graphics on my "Facebox" these days....go back to you´re Nes you old fart.

All of us nice non violent people. Really looking forward to the leap of language when Bulletstorm arrives.
 

Hulten

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My parents didn't care much at all. I played all sorts of mystical games with all kinds of blood and gore. I turned out just Fhfhfh- fine.
 

linkmastr001

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OH GOSH YES. Shoot, I couldn't get a Teen game without them looking at what it said on the back 'til I was like 15 or 16. I never understood why, I'm mature, I swear :p
 

Mstrswrd

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I was allowed to watch whatever, play whatever, read whatever. However, I understood, quite aptly, in fact, the difference between fantasy and reality, and in fact, for the first M rated game I ever wanted (Drakengard), I very explicitly detailed the game to my mom, so that she could make the decision on whether or not I would get it. That I explained it so well probably helped my case in being allowed to partake of more "mature" media, by showing thaqt I was aware of it in it's entirety.
 

Russian_Assassin

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They knew on Sega Genesis, since they were the ones that provided me my games (and let me tell you, they had awesome taste. I got Sonic 2 & 3, Earthworm Jim 1 & 2 and other games that make me bleary eyed when I think about them) but once my mother got me a Play Station 2 (yes, I jumped 2 generations) I could play whatever the hell I wanted. I got God of War when I was 12 for fuck's sake (and let me tell you, it BLEW my mind!).
 

WOPR

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Where's the option that says "I wasn't allowed to play anything remotely violent"

(meaning, when I was 12 I wasn't allowed to play "Lego Racers" because you could shoot each others cars with missiles and cannon balls which is "violent")
 

mrx19869

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not so much on content, but they did monitor the amount of time I played the games. They would require me to turn the game off and go outside and play, never to play games while company was over for the holidays..
 

FalloutJack

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Funnily enough, my parents weren't too worried about this. The last interest that my folks seemed to take in such things was to note the exceptional hand-eye coordination and timing I had while playing a game.
 

Danpascooch

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Well, my mom cared, but she never really told me I couldn't play one.

Man she HATED Dead Rising, lol
 

Arisato-kun

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My parents were never really selective about any game I've played.

The only time I was ever not allowed to watch something on TV or play any games related to it was when I was still in grade school. But I can't really blame them for that. I was banned from anything South Park related by trying to get out of going to school with the excuse "I have cancer."

But that year my dad bought me Resident Evil 2 so I was ok with it.
 

Sovereignty

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I was one of those, "Let free" youths who had little supervision. Somehow I still respect authority. Can't say the same for my friend who had a near polar opposite upbringing. I always thought people born into heavily policed lives would more easily accept and conform.

Or I just blame me lending him GTA
 

lambsheep

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I buy what I want, normally if my mum buys me a game it has a mature rating because I have seen and heard enough to know what's happening and whats real and wrong, even if it's awesome! Although she buys me games so I go away for short periods of time.
 

Cogwheel

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Yes and no. Violent games were never an issue. I mean, at age 5 or so, I was playing Doom/Quake 1. Evil games (ones where you get to play an evil role, that is)? Slightly. By which I mean I remember my mother getting a little panicked after seeing the cover to the Dungeon Keeper box, with a tagline to the effect of "evil is good". Understandable, given my young age at the time, though it didn't affect me or anything.

These days? Not in the least. Though I remember that my father cared a lot about quality back when I was younger, and I mostly wound up playing PC games he had finished with and recommended. This meant growing up on Sacrifice, Infinity Engine games, Half-Life and some other stuff. And, yes, the aforementioned Dungeon Keeper.

My younger sister, meanwhile, was utterly convinced that games were stupid. Unless they're Diablo, or Heroes of Might and Magic 3. Those are great. I'm not sure how that happened, why those two, or anything like that, though. But I do remember getting Diablo when it was released. Needless to say, I was very, very young then.

So all in all, I'm quite grateful for the little monitoring I did get.