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But the rating system is already in place as a warning/guideline. We all know how well that works.... adding on another label isn't going to make a difference. It is up to the individual who buys the game, whether that be a parent or teen to judge if the content of the game is suitable.
Up to the parents? Not completely. Watching pornography or knowlingly allowing a minor to watch pornography is considered sexual abuse by New York State. If a game has graphic depictions of sex, and a parent allows their child to view it, technically they are guilty of sexual abuse. As a Licensed Social Worker in New York State I take child sexual abuse very seriously.

Also, the current label system is broken. A letter inside a box the size of a postage stamp isn't much of a warning. Particularly when parents of this generation's kids are not tech savvy. What does "M" mean... or "T". Yes it says the things one encounters in the game (in small print usually on the back of the box, sometimes not even visible inside of the security containers some games are in)... but the thing that stands out is a Big E,T or M.

It should be "0+" (or "All Ages" like a board game says), "13+", "18+". Preferably even "13 years and older". If a parent sees "18+" on a game it typically causes a very different reaction than seeing an "M" and potentially not even knowing that that is the game's rating.
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Also, the current label system is broken. A letter inside a box the size of a postage stamp isn't much of a warning. Particularly when parents of this generation's kids are not tech savvy. What does "M" mean... or "T". Yes it says the things one encounters in the game (in small print usually on the back of the box, sometimes not even visible inside of the security containers some games are in)... but the thing that stands out is a Big E,T or M.

It should be "0+" (or "All Ages" like a board game says), "13+", "18+". Preferably even "13 years and older". If a parent sees "18+" on a game it typically causes a very different reaction than seeing an "M" and potentially not even knowing that that is the game's rating.
They would have to be blind and/or stupid to not know. There is a clear "Mature 17+" above the letter "M". Also, common sense should tell you that between "E", "T", and "M", "M" is the worst one. Resident Evil or Dead Space, or Kirby's Epic Yarn or Super Mario Galaxy 2? Which one is the bad one? I wonder. Making excuses for them really isn't the answer.

Not to mention, a parent should at least educate themselves a bit so they can gauge what is and what is not acceptable for their child. Only reason they wouldn't is because they don't care.
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Up to the parents? Not completely. Watching pornography or knowlingly allowing a minor to watch pornography is considered sexual abuse by New York State. If a game has graphic depictions of sex, and a parent allows their child to view it, technically they are guilty of sexual abuse. As a Licensed Social Worker in New York State I take child sexual abuse very seriously.

Also, the current label system is broken. A letter inside a box the size of a postage stamp isn't much of a warning. Particularly when parents of this generation's kids are not tech savvy. What does "M" mean... or "T". Yes it says the things one encounters in the game (in small print usually on the back of the box, sometimes not even visible inside of the security containers some games are in)... but the thing that stands out is a Big E,T or M.

It should be "0+" (or "All Ages" like a board game says), "13+", "18+". Preferably even "13 years and older". If a parent sees "18+" on a game it typically causes a very different reaction than seeing an "M" and potentially not even knowing that that is the game's rating.
I think that's ****ed up and I am a firm believer that it is COMPLETELY up to the parents to determine whether their child is mature enough to learn about sex. Sex is literally THE MOST natural thing a living organism can possibly do, what right does our corrupt government have to determine who can see what? I think they should simply keep the basic warnings on the games and IT SHOULD BE the parents decision.
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It has nothing to do with the "bible belt".
Clearly you missed my point.

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The fact is, scientist just guess until it looks right. Then a few years later, it is disproved and something else is concluded.
The fact is scientists make educated conclusions that are never regarded as fact and are constantly questioned and challenged (via the peer review process) based on objective examination and experimentation and if you had an ounce of common sense you would know that. You're either a troll or you're extremely stupid.


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Well, scientifically... If he is ignorant and he knows the basic structure of scientific research, then that must mean anyone who knows the basic structure of scientific research is ignorant. This implies, all scientists are ignorant.
lawlz fail science is fail.
Confirmed for troll.
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As my friends from Alaska say "Alaska has the highest rate of rape per capita. It also has the highest per capita consumption of ice-cream. And therefore we can conclude that rapists love ice-cream."

Correlation does not imply Causation.

Silly people thinking that social science is real science. I'll stick to my chemistry and math less politics and ambiguity.
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I think that's ****ed up and I am a firm believer that it is COMPLETELY up to the parents to determine whether their child is mature enough to learn about sex. Sex is literally THE MOST natural thing a living organism can possibly do, what right does our corrupt government have to determine who can see what? I think they should simply keep the basic warnings on the games and IT SHOULD BE the parents decision.
I agree it should be up to the parents, however many people want to lay back and have everything spoon fed to them rather than spend a few seconds reading and thinking for themselves. Things like this almost make me wish stupidity was punishable by death.

I grew up on a farm, I could see the chicken coop and sheep pens from my bedroom. I also knew what sex was at 5 years old. To my knowledge I am not a sexual predator, rapist or other such social deviant. In fact GENERATIONS of people have been raised on farms knowing what sex and birth were from young ages... Stupid suburbanites...
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I agree it should be up to the parents, however many people want to lay back and have everything spoon fed to them rather than spend a few seconds reading and thinking for themselves. Things like this almost make me wish stupidity was punishable by death.

I grew up on a farm, I could see the chicken coop and sheep pens from my bedroom. I also knew what sex was at 5 years old. To my knowledge I am not a sexual predator, rapist or other such social deviant. In fact GENERATIONS of people have been raised on farms knowing what sex and birth were from young ages... Stupid suburbanites...
I agree and I hate that we have to basically idiot-proof the world because of these morons
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There's quite a lot of rage in this thread, but what we have to ask ourselves is this: Will them putting these warning labels on our games stop us from playing the games? No? I hear you say, well, in that case let them do whatever the hell they want, as long as the games themselves are not doctored, and precious blurb/screenshot space on the back cover isn't taken up with these warnings, I really couldn't care less.

And please, remember that Super Meat Boy has a lot of gore, and you WILL feel like throwing your controller across the room in frustration at it, it really needs more warning labels. Because once you've played super meat boy, feeding people mercilessly into spinning saws is only the next logical step.
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Wow. This Joe Baca guy is my area's representative too.
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I think that's ****ed up and I am a firm believer that it is COMPLETELY up to the parents to determine whether their child is mature enough to learn about sex. Sex is literally THE MOST natural thing a living organism can possibly do, what right does our corrupt government have to determine who can see what? I think they should simply keep the basic warnings on the games and IT SHOULD BE the parents decision.
So if the parents are idiots does their child have to pay?
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