August 9, 2005
Dear CNET members,
We've seen past and present controversies over violent video games, and when bad stuff happens, the mud-flinging usually starts. Parents point their fingers at violent games, and the game vendors point to the parents, cycling through a never-ending debate. So who's responsible? My personal opinion is that, no doubt, some video games are violent. But I ultimately believe that no matter how violent video games are or get, as long as the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) does a good job to ensure that there are set ratings for what is appropriate and inappropriate for children, I ultimately hold the parents responsible for what their children are subject to. I think it is our role as parents to monitor what they play, and it is also our duty to educate our kids on the differences between games and reality, in case they are exposed to these violent games beyond our supervision. For me, that's the bottom line, but again, that is my personal opinion. I'm sure some of you disagree, so let me get off of my soapbox so that you can tell us if video games are too violent and who should be the responsible party to ensure that we are not exposing our kids to violent video games. TalkBack to us.
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Are video games too violent? That's the question we posed in our Game On section, and you had plenty of insightful opinions to share.
Yes, it's gone too far
CNET member jgzeidan is an avid video game player who thinks video games are simply too violent. Though he acknowledges that violent games tend to be best sellers, he'd like to see a better selection of entertaining games that don't resort to guns and gore.
Read jgzeidan's full post in CNET TalkBack
Not as bad as tinseltown
Though he thinks video games are violent, CNET member ken,nf theorizes that it's not nearly as bad as the violence in movies. Also, while he agrees with the video game rating system, he'd like to see it enforced more consistently.
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Put the parents in charge
While he acknowledges that many video games have plenty of violence, CNET member eddyb notes that these games are made for adults. As with all media, he thinks it's up to parents to monitor what their children play, rather than trying to censor the games themselves.
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