Originally Posted by Mootsfox
PS3 does that now, and can do the same thing with Blu-rays and DVDs. The PS2 could do the same. I totally agree with you. It's not the game maker's fault... unless they slip R/M/AO rated material into an E rated game.
And even if they did slap the wrong rating on there, it still wouldn't be the devs problem since they don't handle the rating. The ESRB. So its the parents job to monitor what the kid does. It's also the parent who buys the game. If your a parent and you see little johnny playing a game that you don't remember buying him, then obviously you need to take some action.
That's like internet porn. People will yell at their child for looking at porn, get 5 types of parental controls, restrict internet access by router config and the whole 9 yards. The child will eventually grow up and do some of those things he/she has seen on the net. Sex you can't stop unless your a nun.
But playing a game that uses racial slurs and has very offensive content in general for some reason does not cause the same gungho parenting feeling.
I also understand that the parent doesn't have 100% control over what their child does outside the home. But inside the home you are the master of the domain. If you are not in the home you still can't monitor these things. BUT The xbox, ps3 and Wii all have parental controls. FIOS, Cable Vision, Comcast, Direct TV, etc all have parental controls. Computers and routers have parental controls. If you choose not to use the tools at your disposal, it's your fault. No one else.
That's like building a fire. I can give you the gas, tinder, wood, flint, lighter and what not, but you rather just rub two sticks together IN HOPES of having the right sticks first off, second off doing more work then you have to.
Setting up parental controls on consoles are in no way shape or form hard. It is not like you need a high school diploma or a GED to do it. Unless it is in a different language for you, or you can't read, there is no excuse one why you don't set parental controls on a console.
On the consoles, the first things it ask you is if you want to set parental controls. And on the side of the 360 box, it says parental controls on there.