Do you allow younger relatives play older rated games?

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  1. Harsky
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    A situation has occured where I had to look after my 10 year cousin while his parents were called away to an emergency. Obviously video games was the main time killer but after trying all the Nintendo games like Mario Kart/Smash Bros/Zelda, he started bugging me to try the older rated games in my 360 collection. I definately said no to games like GTA but eventually allowed one game to let him play. Halo 4.

    As predicted, the opening scene was "SO AMAZING" according to him but then immediately lost interest super quick and went back to watching Youtube of lets players who were streaming GTA V and other older rated games because for some strange reason, his mother allows him to watch this but absolutely forbids him from playing these games.

    So this brings up a question that makes me wonder. For people with kids or younger family, are you like your parents where, "NO OLDER GAMES FOR YOU" or do you actually let them play them because you trust that they are able to handle those games?
     
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    Hmm... The only time I let my younger brothers or cousins play older rated games is if the game has no inappropriate stuff like Smash Bros. I remember when I was a kid, me, my brothers, and my cousins used to play Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
     
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    I actually don't care what they play, I just can't sell older rated games to kids below the rated age.
     
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    Well, my nephew likes playing GTA V, but some times I allow him to play Mario 64.
    It is older for sure, and it is rated also, an older rated K-A game.

    I don't remember that being a thing back in the day, AFAIK most parents didn't give too much of a fuck... (not that it was good or bad)
     
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    I forgot
    My parents never cared, so it was never an issue for me. I was playing GTA VC when I was like 7 or 8, my little brother played it/watched me play it when he was 6.

    But it also depends on the game, I suppose. I probably wouldn't let a 10 year old play Alien Isolation or games that would genuinely scare the shit out of them/give them nightmares, but stuff like GTA or Doom or CoD would be no problem.
     
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  7. Ryccardo

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    More than half of my then friends owned San Andreas when they were preteens

    and to the best of my knowledge nobody of them is overly violent
     
  8. Stephano

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    It depends on the parents and the child's behavior. When i was younger, i was only allowed to play Halo CE with the volume turned off so i wouldn't hear any swearing. Now, my parents wouldn't block off evil or violent things in my life, but would take the time to sit me down and tell me why something is bad. They knew i needed to know these things but they wanted me to hear it from them. They would be with me playing these games. That's just my own experience. I was once that younger sibling who's older brother played violent games.
     
  9. StarTrekVoyager

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    As soon as it's PEGI-16or above, I wouldn't give it to younger children. But for PEGI-12, well, Smash Bros has that rating so lol.
     
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    My parents didn't worry about violence in video games, they knew I knew it was "fantasy"/"make believe". Hell, I was encouraged to play with a dollar's worth of tokens in the laundromat which had a Mortal Kombat 1 arcade cabinet. It was fun.

    I was a tween when I got my first console, and for the longest time, all I had was my SNES and Ultimate MK3 AND Kirby Super Star...

    Now, I tend to err on the "safe" side with my nephews. They just get exposed to Mario and Kirby at a young age. (Oh, watching four year olds play Mario Bros 1-1 is entertaining because most adults know the level by heart these days!)
     
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  11. dsionr4

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    m rated? No. Teen/12+ yes

    never understood halo mature rating the game looked liked a teen/12+ game
     
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    hmm, is it bad if I let me 9 year old sis play Splatoon 2 which is rated 10+ by esrb, hehe
     
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    Yep. Never seen the need for or sense in ratings, even if they were transparent and consistent in how they are set up.
     
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    Sure, why not? I played a shit ton of GTA 2 when I was 7.
     
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    Lol my parents said im not allowed to play M Rated games (like GTA) but when i play them they don't even know that they are rated.
     
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    my parents basically restricted me till I became 14 y/o.
    Then they wouldn't care and let me play anything. Yeah, talk about being restricted... Still, I mostly play MMO Games so eh.
     
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    I've never believed in depriving anyone of any form of information, regardless of demographic, so yes.
     
  19. lcie nimbus

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    nope, my parents didn't let me play them, and I don't either, i was 11 when I got my PSP with God Eater Burst and Resistance : retribution and my parents didn't let me play either.
     
  20. Tomato Hentai

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    I wasn't very interested in playing more "mature" games when I was younger, I mainly played Mario Kart and LittleBigPlanet. There was a little while where I wanted to play Red Dead Redemption though, and my parents let me since all I ever did in that game was run around and shoot people (or sometimes animals) until I got caught. Other than that I don't think my parents ever let me play any games that were above my age rating when I was younger. Now they don't really care what I play.
     
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