Posted Fri, Jul 15, 2005 by Boomjack
Welcome back Freeman.
Jeff Freeman of Sony Online Entertainment has posted a blog about being a game developer and a parent. We are almost positively sure that the voices in our heads didn't say this:
"But the parents aren't even listening to this debate. Kids still play rated-M games. Somehow they're able to play for hours and hours and hours without their parents knowing about it. And what, the store clerk should have stopped them? (Like, "I can't stop my little children from playing 37 hours a week of Baby-Killer 3, because I don't understand this little letter on the box it came in!").
I get the feeling that a big part of the problem is that the parents do hear the "video game violence is bad" side of the argument, but they don't believe it. They're probably the ones who bought the game to begin with, and they still will.
This isn't all "bad parenting" or confusion over video game ratings. The parents don't believe the accusations, and you can't make them.
And this latest brouhaha over the GTA 'hot coffee' mod is especially funny. How can anyone possibly be worried that their little kiddo is going to download a mod, from the internet, which unlocks in-game sex? Internet. Sex. Download. Your kid's downloading what from the internet? Oh Thank God! It's just the GTA hot coffee mod! *whew*"
You can read the entire Jeff Freeman Blog at Blogspot.