I am officially on vacation – and enjoying lots of offline family time. This year Santa brought my son a PlayStation 3 and we cleared out a spot in our little townhouse now known as “The PS3 Lounge.”
It’s so great to have this new area set up for my son to entertain his young guests and I look forward to hosting them more often. I’ll be ready with juice boxes and snacks, but I’m being a real stickler about the violent games – especially ones that include degrading treatment of women.
I took away Red Dead Redemption, which allows players to hire prostitutes and includes a rape scene in a saloon. He had it for a while on Christmas Day and took it to my parents’ to play after dinner. One of the other guests Googled the game and told me how harsh it is. Holy crap! Whatever happened to Asteroids and PacMan!?
I’m not sure if the gift-giver realized the content was so extreme, and I haven’t said anything about it yet – but for now the game will stay on the shelf in my office. As open-minded as I may be, it’s not something I want a 10-year-old playing!
My plan is to encourage my son and his guests towards fun, harmless games like Skate 2, Skate 3, Shaun White Snowboarding, Gran Turismo, and Little Big Planet.
I just don’t know what to make of all the violence and exploitation in today’s games. What effects does it have on a growing person’s view of the world? Does it de-sensitize? Or am I just being uptight, over-protective and behind-the-times?
I’m interested in all opinions – so please do tell me what you think. In the meantime, here’s a little photo essay of our trip to Pacific Centre on Boxing Day. We got in and out of there as quickly as possible!