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For this article, I would like to address my feelings towards many of the parents I have run into in the gaming isles at stores, or in the gaming stores. I appreciate the fact that you are trying to find an item for your child to contribute to a hobby that I personally think highly of, but... Ur doing it RONG!
Pardon the vernacular, but it could not be said any other way. Allow me to explain.
Not three weeks ago I walked into an Amarillo game store. I was browsing through some games when a mother came in with two young children, a boy and a girl. The girl stayed by her mother's side while the boy savaged the bins of games. When he came up for air, he had in his grubby paws two games. A cursory glance from a trained eye told me that both games had an M rating.
If you've looked at my other posts on gaming, you'll know that this means that the game is meant for mature audiences. A ten-year-old boy is not a mature audience. The mother made the boy choose one of the games and then took it to the register. The employee then proceeds to say "Ma'am, this game is rated Mature. Are you sure this is OK?" The mother's response: "Yeah, whatever."
This lack of caring is the first problem with gaming culture.
I would suggest to every parent of a gamer that they at least feign an interest in games. Your kids most likely assume that you know nothing about games and will therefore hope to get things by you. Start sitting down with your kids every once in a while and try to play a game. Even if you don't do well, you'll be showing some interest and your kid will probably gain some respect for you as a gamer.
Another plus to this is you'll get to see firsthand the content of the game. Seeing it yourself will let you see what is true and what is overblown from the hearsay of the overblown news stories.
With you in the room, however, your child may tone down their normal play styles. Although I cannot advocate spying on your children, some unknown supervision may show you how they really play. I can't tell you how many times I've been playing Halo online only to get cursed at by a pre-pubescent with the mouth of a sailor when I take "his" battle rifle. Not only is this kid too young for the game, but he knows (and misuses) words that I wouldn't want to get caught dead saying by anyone I have the least bit of respect for. It's kids like these who give gamers a bad wrap.
I appreciate your help in curbing these problems which have plagued our cultural clique since it was first formed. And who knows, your feigned interest may turn into a genuine enjoyment of the casual game.