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Are you attending Game Developers Conference?

Original post made by Arden Pennell, Palo Alto Weekly staff writer, on Feb 19, 2008


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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 20, 2008 at 12:03 pm

I am interested in what the press is going to say about this conference. Is there any interest in the press in encouraging monitoring of video game content? I came across something that bothers me just recently.

I am a video game player and I have no problem with my kids playing games too, provided they are not offensive to me and homework still gets done. One series I have enjoyed in the past has been the Advance Wars series that started on the GBA and moved to the Nintendo DS. The 4th game in this series just came out recently and of course I was one of the first to buy it. However, I was distressed to discover that, in a departure from the previous games, there was a lot of cursing in the new game.

My wife and I do not curse in out house, let alone in front of our children. We believe that foul language should not be encouraged as part of normal speach. I did not appreciate the developer attempting to introduce foul language into my household by stealth. What others do in theor homes is up to them, but WE make the parenting decisions in my home, and I have a problem with game developers trying to negate my decisions. This game is rated for 10+, previous versions were for everyone, but I still don't feel the cursing was appropriate. It was certainly not necessary to the story line.

Video games can be fun, and they can teach a lot to our kids. But what are they teaching that parents would prefer went untaught? I realise that the cursing I saw was mild compared to what it could have been, and I protest many other violent and/or harmful lessons these games teach. I strongly question the industry's ability to self-regulate, and I wonder what external monitoring is done. I am not a fan of censorship, but as a parent I would appreciate a little help in controlling what gets shoved at my children.

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