Are you a parent? Did you buy an M-rated (or PEGI 16) game for your child? Do you live in the UK?
If you answered “yes” to all of those, then someone thinks you should be put in prison.
Responding to changes in the rating system for games in the UK, Dr. Nick Robinson of the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds said that such measures weren’t enough to keep mature video games out of the hands of children and that the only alternative is to hold responsible those who directly put those games in their hands: the parents.
“To really begin to sort this issue, the state would have to be prepared to prosecute parents who purchase and allow their children to play inappropriate games.”
Dr. Robinson takes a shot or two at the manufacturers of mature games as well, saying that rating systems “legitimized the growth of more violent games as developers are shielded by the ratings framework.”
Most of us would probably agree that step is a little too severe. But what, if anything, should be done about mature games finding their ways into the hands of kids? If parental education and guidance isn’t enough, is there another solution?