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11-12-2010 @ 1:27PM
@IcepyroThanks for responding, first point of clarification I am 22 and do not have a 12 year old son named Timmy. I forgot that by defending this law I would most likely be identified as a concerned parent. I am not. Hopefully that changes your views on my perspective. I am not a "Protect the Children ARGHH!" parent that many gamers are used to butting heads with. Figured I'd clarify that.And I agree, a 12 year old really shouldn't be buying games from a store by themselves. But the sad truth is, it happens. This law will not affect responsible parents and obedient children. When I do have children you can bet I will be checking every single game that comes into my house. But that is because I will be a responsible parent. The problem is actually the irresponsible parents who like to point the blame at everyone else. (And the game stores like Bestbuy who only refuse to sell M rated games to children when they feel like it) An irresponsible parent will not care if their child is playing Postal II or Grand Theft Auto. But you can bet that when called out on it that irresponsible parent will point their finger at the game studios and scream "They are the ones who created and sold this filth to my child!" and will not take any of the blame. For a good example go type "Jack Thompson" into Google and look up his response to the Virginia Tech shootings... that man is horrible.As for the second part, yes my *future* child should not be sneaking games past me. But the truth is, it happens. I personally bought GTA and played it in my room without my parents knowledge. My parents trusted me, were very strict with censuring what I played, and yet they never found out I had GTA. I am sure you hid things from your parents, it really is not that hard.In the end your points really don't address this law. Since your saying that a 12 year old should never be in a game store alone how does this law (Mandating that an adult be present to buy the game) change that? It actually supports your point, ensuring that a parent is available with the child. Second, you said that children really can't sneak games past their parents. How does the law (Mandating that an adult be present to buy the game) change that? Instead of being caught with the game when the child comes home they are just barred from purchasing the game at the store.Both of your points do not affect this law passing because neither of your scenarios will be adversely affected by its passage.
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