Rockstar: Only "Terrible Parents" Buy Our Games for Their Kids

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Rockstar: Only "Terrible Parents" Buy Our Games for Their Kids

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Radio personality and Rockstar producer Lazlow Jones has a message for people who buy Rockstar games for their kids: "You're a terrible parent."

Rockstar games are awesome. They're also most definitely not for kids. From Grand Theft Auto to Manhunt to the new Red Dead Redemption, just about everyone agrees that these are games that parents should keep far away from their children. And for those parents who do let their kids play them, because they don't know any better or they just don't care, Rockstar has a message: You suck.

"Our games are not designed for young people," said Lazlow Jones, who hooked up with Rockstar in 2001 by writing and performing in radio segments in Grand Theft Auto 3. "If you're a parent and buy one of our games for your child, you're a terrible parent."

"We design games for adults because we're adults," he continued. "There's a lot of kids' games out there that we're not interested in playing. Just like you enjoy watching movies and TV shows with adult themes and language and violence, that's the kind of thing we seek to produce."

He claimed that despite its reputation, Rockstar gets relatively little "pushback" from rating boards, although he noted that the videogame industry in general faces far greater challenges than other media when it comes to producing mature content. "If you tell a gritty crime drama with violence and profanity and call it The Sopranos you're handed a load of awards to put up on the shelf," he said. "You do the same and call it a videogame and you'll have certain organizations up in arms."

But times are changing and Lazlow thinks Rockstar deserves a lot of credit for "pushing the boundaries" of what's acceptable in videogames today. "I think ever since GTA IV came out and there were such rave reviews by major publications saying that this is actually art the restrictions about being politically correct have largely fallen away," he said.

Source: BBC

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I'm a terrible parent?

Has someone been keeping their tests secret?

Now I've just got to work out if I'm a mummy or daddy.

That's truly a great statement. It's about time they started telling off parents that pull this kind of crap.Now Rockstar's covered if any dumb parents try to sue them again.

How dare they insult my parents!

Wait, didn't Rockstar make a Ping Pong game once?

Calumon: I only play Digimon and Jack won't let me play much else, besides LittleBIGPlanet.

I remember Family Guy doing something like this in an episode after the series was rebooted where they chided bad parents for letting their kids watch the smut the show put on the air. It was the last time I had any shred of respect for the pile of bile the show had become.

Kudos to Rockstar for swinging its brassy pair.

They've got the right idea.

Now, if only parents would listen to stuff like this...

What about Oni and Bully?

Bully could teach kids too, uhh, well it wan't M, so there!

It's true... you're either informed and a very *cool* parent, or just a lazy miscreant who doesn't know what the term "grand theft auto" means in real life and you don't give a shit about your kid so you don't read the back of the game box... or notice the big *18* logo's on it... or watch the kid play it once... but do complain to Fox Newzzz how evil that game is!

P.S. If you're on this site you obviously fit in category 1 :P

It really depends on the maturity of the child in question. My little sister is going on 12 and she started playing Bully alongside me at 10. Did this encourage her to go out ant commit school violence? No. Because it's a GAME, and she knows that. She also watched my uncle and I play numerous Grand Theft Auto titles.

The problem here isn't GAMES. It's a lack of parental involvement that makes kids unable to tell the difference between games and reality. Yes, there is a certain boundary with younger kids and games produced by companies like Rockstar, but parents themselves are really to blame, not the developers. If they market for older audiences and parents buy them for the young, who is at fault?

Hopefully parents will listen to the obvious this time. Though I doubt they will >.>

Well I played Grand Theft Auto III at a very young age and look how I turned out!

... Holy crap, Rockstar is right...

It makes sense. Despite my parents doing this to me.

If you buy an 18 game, it will probably be unsuitable for people under that age.

under 10 i'd say you're parent is irresponsible to buy you a gta game.

terrible may be a big word.
(although irresponsible is bigger.....)

LAZLOW'S REAL!!??

I hope this doesn't hit their sales at all. Its decent of them to say so anyway.

Its so true. "Violent games warped my 8 year old's fragile little mind" "what, this game here with an 18 rating?"

The games most objected to do all seem to be the 18 games, or at least 15. Not that I believe computer games can warp a mind on their own, although they could well be a factor with an already damaged mind.

"Our games are not designed for young people"

Well that is a load of bullshit. Id like to see how many people under 18 actually make up the sales figures for GTA games and even RDR. Its the sort of game every kids wants.

Fucking burn.

That being said, it should be "Only terrible parents buy our games for their kids and complain about it and/or emotionally abuse them.

"If you're a parent and buy one of our games for your child, you're a terrible parent."

Then put that on the box of your next game in big bold lettering you dimwit.

I actually adore Lazlow since I think he's avant garde, I respect him so much I used a French word to describe him, "Le you rock Lazlow!".

Seriously, if a videogame box that the older generation soundly believe its a childrens past time then shit aint gonna change soon, and RockStar knows this.

I had to stop my Maman (thats French for Mum, Mother, Mom dependant on where your from) from buying my nephew GTA Chinatown Wars, not because she's a bad grandmother, but because she saw the cartoon graphics and didn't realise it had drugs in it.

Personally I believe RockStar games should be pulled off the shelves, for its terrible and shoddy combat mechanics.

Amen, Rockstar!
Video games still have the 'it's for kids' stigma attached to them, despite most gamers being over 20. It's time the general, non-gamer public woke up to the fact that video games aren't just for kids, and that not all games aren't made for kids.

I used to work in an EB Games (Canadian 'Gamestop'), though, and I can tell you that there are plenty of 'bad parents' out there. They just don't care, even when warned of serious mature content. I don't care how mature you think your 8 year old is, GTA 4 isn't for them.

I love Lazow, he is a freaking comedy genious. (I say little kids would have more fun with Pokemon than with gta, I know I did)

I think this a more of a call out to those idiots that claim video games are corrupting our children. Rockstars response "Then why the fuck did you buy the game for your kid then?... did you not see the 18 certificate on the box?... these games aren't for kid the pillocks". okay that's not what Rockstar said but I feel that's what they should say to them.

Kenjitsuka:
It's true... you're either informed and a very *cool* parent, or just a lazy miscreant who doesn't know what the term "grand theft auto" means in real life and you don't give a shit about your kid so you don't read the back of the game box... or notice the big *18* logo's on it... or watch the kid play it once... but do complain to Fox Newzzz how evil that game is!

P.S. If you're on this site you obviously fit in category 1 :P

So wait, my mom is a bad parent because she lets me play said games, even though she explained to me that said things are wrong, and such?

OT: Lazlow never was funny. His "shows" were full of bullshit, just like him.

I love the statement, and i agree with him, not about the terrible parnt thing, but about how kids should not play there games, but at the same time, they havent had a good game sense San Andreus, but ill hold that statement back untel i play Red Dead.

This really is common sense - I suppose younger parents, who play(ed) games, will be more capable of accepting this fact. It was a no-brainer for me, for instance, to only play Fallout 3 when the kids were in bed or out of the house. You've got to give them something to look forward to or why bother growing up!

Andy Chalk:

But times are changing and Lazlow thinks...

Wait a sec... is that Lazlow, the guy who played Lazlow in all those GTA radio programmes? If so, he rocked before regardless - if not, he rocks now.

My parents didn't buy me any Rockstar games! They bought me Mortal Kombat II, damn it!

I have always thought the solution was , instead of having the little 18 (or M or whatever it is where you come from) Have it big, like three inches in diameter, so no one can ever claim that it is somehow unclear what the fuck the game is all about.

Rafe:
LAZLOW'S REAL!!??

I hope this doesn't hit their sales at all. Its decent of them to say so anyway.

If you look at the voice talent list in the manuals, Lazlow is, in fact, played by a guy called Lazlow. And he's apparently the lead director or something on the radio channels during development. Yes, he does in fact rock.

Completely true, and it's about time Rockstar said so. I honestly don't get why people keep fighting to ban video games when the people should just be watched what their kids play. Good for you, Rockstar.

I'm happy my mom let me buy GTA 1 when I was 10. I have no real scars after it.

I think it's a bit of a hyperbole to say that any parent who buys a Rockstar game for their kid is doing wrong, as there are some children mature enough to play this games and if their parent recognizes this there's no problem. But over all I agree completely with Lazlow's statements. Video games face a lot of bias from the media and public opinion, probably because of the connotations involved with the word "game" and the now obsolete image of video games being only for children. As he said, a game like GTA4 and a show like The Sopranos are very similar and should be treated fairly equally, but obviously that is far from the case.

What problems video games do cause that movies and television don't is because of this bias as well. Parents usually wouldn't let their children watch shows like The Sopranos, but they figure any video game is appropriate for their kids because it's a "game", despite its clearly marked rating. Then they get pissed off when the mature rated game corrupts their children. It's these kinds of people I hate and who are definitely terrible parents.

A wise statement.

I am glad more and more people in the gaming industry are actually making raw and honest statements towards their parents.

Parents easily shove everything off to the gaming industry.

Nothing to say except too true.

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