ZIGGY: If Halo is a 1 and GTA IV is a 10, where would you put CoD based on content?
Good question. I don’t do numbers normally because every parent has different reasons for limiting content by age. Some worry about violence, others about sex, mature themes, etc.,
BRENDA (a grandmother) WRITES: My grandson is playing Halo with his dad on his visit and buying him the toys also. His mom said he can play Halo when he is sixteen and get the toys at 10. Is playing Halo at eight harmful?
The answer may surprise you.
MR. KIRBY ASKS: I have a 3 year old boy and he loves to play with handheld games. My cell phone for one. In your opinion, is the gameboy micro too advanced for a 3 year old? Are there games available for him to play and know how to play that doesn’t require reading? Thanks in advance to your response.
ZACH P. WRITES: “My parents have recently allowed me to pick up copies of
Mafia II and Red Dead Redemption. I’ve finished Mafia II, and am now
playing through a second time, and I’ve played enough to open up the
world on Red Dead Redemption.
BEN WROTE: (Regarding a post from a reader named Jared) I don’t know of any parent (that actually knows what the big M on the box means) who would let there kid play that. I’m 14 and my parents are unwilling to let borrow halo 3 from a friend even though I have call of duty modern warefare 2.
LIAM 12 asks: Hello Gamer Dad I am 12 years old and i want to get Halo Reach when it comes out but my parents won’t let me have anything above my age group. I have Halo 3 so do you think it would be ok to get Halo Reach?
OWEN WRITES: Hi, Gamerdad I’m 13-years old and I was wondering whether you think Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is suitable for someone my age. It’s rated M for Blood, Strong Language and Violence. My parents don’t care about language and it’s rated 16 by PEGI, an equivalent to T in Europe. Thanks!
BURRIS ASKS: “I’m a big fan of the original Unreal Tournament game and the modifications that were created for it. I have twin 8 yr old boys and would love to play it with them, but I feel that it’s still quite a bit too gruesome for them. Do you know of any mutators to tone down or eliminate the blood? I’ve been looking around, but the ones I found want to take it in the other direction. Any thoughts?
MACARONI ASKS: I’m 12 years old, and I was wondering what you think about me playing it. I haven’t yet, and when i asked my dad (because he has it) he was pretty vague. I asked some friends of ours who have the game and they said the game wasn’t that gory or anything, just scary. Now I don’t like many scary things, but I can handle some things, so I wanted to know how scary it is, because I really want to play it. I’m pretty mature, I think (-: and I think I could handle it. I haven’t asked my dad recently, and he played it, just not much. Anyway, I wanted your opinion on if I should play it or not.
Jayson (14) from New Zealand Writes: “I’m a 14yo guy who live in NZ and my dad is being rather unfair. I’ve played a very wide range of games rating from “G” to “R18”. While at home however I’m only allowed to play games rated “T”. I’ve let it go many times before but there is this one game called “Team Fortress 2” and it is rated “M” for cartoon violence. . . .