GTA DJ: Rockstar Games Not for Kids

May 25, 2010 -

Lazlow Jones (pictured), best known as the voice of the radio DJ in the Grand Theft Auto series of games, thinks that parental units who purchase a Rockstar game for their offspring are “terrible parents.”

Jones, who has been credited in a slew of Rockstar Games titles, was discussing the publisher’s latest release Red Dead Redemption in a BBC interview, when he was asked “How do you feel about accusations that games such as yours are responsible for more violence among young people?”

Jones responded:

Our games are not designed for young people. 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. 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.

Jones was also asked if he thought the videogame industry has become “too politically correct.” He answered, “I think that Rockstar has pushed a lot of boundaries to be able to make the art that that we believe we should be able to make.”

He continued, “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. You do the same and call it a video game and you'll have certain organisations up in arms.”


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Re: GTA DJ: Rockstar Games Not for Kids

Look, even if the games do no harm, do you really want an eight year old beating up hookers he just had sex with?

The point the guy is trying to make is that its the parents own fault when they walk in and are suprised by what they see and get pissed.

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"Look, even if the games do no harm, do you really want an eight year old beating up hookers he just had sex with?"

Doesn't matter.  If it's not my kid, it's not my call.

 

Andrew Eisen

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"Lazlow Jones (pictured), best known as the voice of the radio DJ in the Grand Theft Auto series of games, thinks that parental units who purchase a Rockstar game for their offspring are “terrible parents.”"

Based on what? Violent M-rated games have never been shown to do anyone any harm whatsoever. Does Lazlow have any new studies, or is he just talking out of his arse? Why do I suspect it's the latter?

My daughter played GTA IV when she had just turned 5 years old. She's played every M-rated game that I've purchased since - Left 4 Dead, Assassin's Creed 1 and 2, and she's now playing Red Dead Redemption. She also never misses a homework assignment, never misses school and is in the top 20% of students in each of her classes. She's about the least violent kid in her class and her classmates and teachers love her.

Lazlow doesn't know my kid - he has no idea how mature she is. Since that's the case, I think he ought to keep his ignorant opinions about other kids' parents to himself.

I'm really sorry I don't meet Lazlow's standards for even a mediocre father, but I'd sure like to see his track record with his kids, 'cos if they're not doing as well as my kid, maybe he needs to look to his own parenting philosophy before he starts criticizing mine.

Lazlow may have his heart in the right place, but his opinion, baseless as it is, only represents the 'seemingly reasonable' face of the moral panic about video games. Lazlow is saying the same thing about M-rated videogames that seemingly reasonable people said about comics in the 1950s and witches in the 1690s. Comics, witches and video games hurt no one - not even little kids.

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Well said, Lazlow.  Honestly this kind of thing should be obvious, but I've seen way too much from parents of this generation to consider that possible.

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I'm glad he was able to word his responses so plainly and clearly.  Kudos!

Re: GTA DJ: Rockstar Games Not for Kids

I'm sure they are talking about the parents who don't even look at the rating and just buy it for their crying 5 year old.

Re: GTA DJ: Rockstar Games Not for Kids

Buying an M rated Rockstar game such as GTA or Red Dead Redemption for your child does not make you a terrible parent.

 

Andrew Eisen

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That is absolutely true.

Personally, I would have said, "If you give your child unsupervised access to any game he/she wants, you are a bad parent."

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Re: GTA DJ: Rockstar Games Not for Kids

True, but trying to return it screaming about how "morally offensive" it is to the person at the Customer Service counter while your child climbs a shelf not designed for that load certainly isn't helping your case.

(don't laugh, I've seen it happen more times than I care to count. Okay, laugh, just not too hard.)

Re: GTA DJ: Rockstar Games Not for Kids

Oh sure, I'm just saying that simply choosing to buy your child such a game does not in and of itself make you a bad parent.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: GTA DJ: Rockstar Games Not for Kids

In around 30 years time, we won't have to put up with this sort of bias against games...

Like movies today are celebrated and yet games are still being treated like they are for kids, but wait in another 30 or 20 years time when Pacman is around 50 or 60 years old, and by that time we will look back and wonder what was all the noise about?

Just like the Anti Pokemon moral panic that was around 10 years ago, oh man that looks so silly nowdays.

 

TBoneTony

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"There's a lot of kids games out there that we're not interested in playing."

To each his own, but for my part I wouldn't say I disproportionately prefer adult games.  Sure, for every Super Mario Galaxy there are a couple of dozen shovelware waggle games, but it's not as if there aren't crummy M-rated games too.

My favorite game of the year so far is Mass Effect 2, but Super Mario Galaxy 2 is already a safe bet for #2.  ME2 wouldn't be appropriate for (most) 10-year-olds, but SMG2 is a great damn game for any age.

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It seems pretty obvious, but this should be repeated daily, because there is just too many stupid people which can´t understand these simple facts.

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What 'facts'? No videogame ever made, violent or otherwise, has been shown to harm anyone in any way. There are no 'facts' to back up the idea that M-rated games shouldn't be in the hands of kids. There's only hysteria. I mean what's next? What completely harmless thing will we as a society go after next? Softballs? Cuddly toys? I mean where does the hysteria end and rational thought begin?

You know, in the 1690s it was 'pretty obvious' that witches were causing crops to fail and people to die. Back then there were 'stupid people' who did not understand the 'facts'. Usually those people were hanged or burned because it seemed clear to all 'right-thinking' people that such unbelievers were in league with the witches. Later it was found that the 'stupid people' were right all along.

Things don't change much it seems, although I must admit I'd rather be called a terrible parent than burned at the stake.

Re: GTA DJ: Rockstar Games Not for Kids

The facts I was refering is that they don´t make videogames just for kids, but still parents think that anything labelled as videogame is automatically related with children.

Videogames as movies, TV, music, etc., focuses on many demographic groups and not just aim to please little children and their lazy and uninformed parents.

I never refered videogames as damaging in any sort of way. I blame parents for being so stupid they can´t read a damn label in the front of the box. (and I know, not all parents are stupid and some of them actually try to do their best)

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I could name one. Remember when & right now, the people disagree against abortion? Well if people want to go further they can disagree against women that are on their periods & watch the egg being flushed down the toilet w/no sperm in it. Is that still considered abortion or baby killing? I hope that people will not think of what I just said. Or how like I heard on cnn b/c it got my attention; the "experts" said that drinking juice could lead to cancer. Seriously?! OMG! Everyone will die of something one day.

 

 

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Epic WIN. Totally agree!

 
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