As a gamer and a parent, this pleases me immensely. Basically the people who wanted this law were saying: Oh please government please parent my children for me. I don’t want to. Isn’t there someone else who can do my job for me?
No, there is not. You are a fucking parent so go do some fucking parenting. Yes, this does mean knowing what your kids are doing, including the games you play. Granted, as someone who plays games myself, I may have a bit of an advantage here but its not something one can’t make up for. There are websites galore more than happy to tell you about video games. Here’s one I hit up a lot: IGN. Read some reviews, check out some pictures and decide if it is something you want your child to play. Do you let them read books and watch movies without knowing about them? (Oh, you over there, you do? Well I guess none of this applies to you.)
Guess what, games come with ratings. So, if instead of researching a game your child wants, you wait until you are in Gamestop and he starts hollaring, “Oh Mom Dad I need this so bad! Oh please please please!”, just look at the damn box. There will be a rating, which uses a system devised by the video game industry to let parents know whether or not a game is suitable for their child. It has ratings such as E, T and M. Everyone, Teen and Mature. Guess what a Mature rating means? That’s right, its not for kids. (Gold star for you, sir.) That said, if you think your teenage child is mature enough for a Mature rated game, that is your call. Nobody else knows your kid. Long as its an educated decision, nobody else cares. But I wouldn’t make that decision in the store unless you know about the game or your kid. In other words, look at the goddamn box. Don’t just cave in to keep Little Jimmy from throwing a fit. (If he’s throwing a fit, just walk off on him. Just remember to stay where you can see him. What? Hey it worked for my parents.)
I also like this as a gamer and creator. Censorship pisses me off in pretty much any form. I don’t see parents vetting materials their as censorship. It’s just what parents should do to keep their children away from things they aren’t ready for yet. And that can vary from child to child. Besides that, most places won’t sell M rated games to those under 17 anyway. So how do kids get them? Mom or Dad buys it for them. How would this law change that? It wouldn’t. So its nice to see something good come from the Supreme Court. Now, about those corporate donations to political candidates….