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Stop Whining, Start Parenting by MaruLovesStamps Stop Whining, Start Parenting by MaruLovesStamps
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For those of you who, like me, are sick and tired of hearing parents whine.

Dear parents: There are game ratings for a reason. Read the back of the box. If you can open the box, check out the instruction book. Better yet, ask you friendly store clerk what kind of content is in the game, and if they think there is anything inappropriate for little Timmy in it. The internet is also a wonderful resource.

It's just like movies. :| You really don't have much wiggle room here, so stop whining.

This has never been a close-to-home problem for me because both of my parents have good heads on their shoulders and play video games, and I'd like to think I've come out similarly sensible.

But it really steams my vegetables when I hear about some kid committing a violent crime and the adults in the situation try to blame it on video games Harry Potter books or TV or Dungeons and Dragons or something stupid like that.

Violent kids existed before any of the aforementioned media, and let me tell ya, adults haven't always been much better.

The good news: Jack Thompson got disbarred!
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chibiuverworld Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember there were lots of parents who complained that Deadpool was too inappropriate for kids not realizing that it's rated R for a reason.
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LittleBunnyKotomi Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I play video games at least an hour up to ten hours daily and I pass as an honor student. I think it's pretty safe to say that gaming doesn't ruin your brain.
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generalrusty78 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You know what really piss me off we have been saying Video Games make kids evil for almost 30 years, to let you know we have one of these every 10 years before but those ended normally 10 years but 30, 30! Also Cracked just really piss me off, they hate republicans but they are using thing republicans said 10 years ago.
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TjsWorld2011 Featured By Owner May 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Why is it that people are always quick to blame the victims of a crime? (And no, I'm not talking about video games being the victim.)
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Boschian-Fantasies Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Student General Artist
Wanna know something vile and disgusting going around?

SJW man haters accuse attractive "fanservice" female video game characters for causing rape and domestic violence, just because they are attractive and scantly clad.

If that is not accidental misogyny, then what is it? 
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FelisLupus Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My sister's boyfriend has this kid who plays Call of Duty 24/7 and according to my niece he is extremely rude.

It's funny though because it's not the video game that causes this behavior, but it makes him look edgier than he already is.

She has a Batman in Arkam game and I find it pretty cool myself. (However, she's way older and much more mature. Around 10)


Who in the right mind would hand M 17+ content to someone who's less five?
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owen4402 Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
My parents are like this. You know what's funny? When they take AWAY the video games, I get worse

And they continue to take them away

video games often improve one's state of mind.
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SimonCaneplz Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
And yes, video games does not cause kids to get violence, what cause kids to get violence is the parents that they are raising.
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TjsWorld2011 Featured By Owner May 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I fail to see the logic in that statement.
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Mephistopheliann Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS.
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ramencet Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU OMFG
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FluidGirl82 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
Video games do not cause kids to become violent psycopaths. When my sister and I were little, we had an Atari 2600 cartridge called "Circus Atari," though my sister and I nicknamed it "Splat." The object of the game was to pop these balloons at the top of the screen, using a seesaw and these two little circus guys. My sister and I were not good at this game, and yet, we enjoyed losing, because whenever one of the little circus guys missed the seesaw, he'd crash to the ground, and my sister and I (and our dad) would always say "SPLAT!" (hence why we called it "Splat"). This did NOT make my sister and I want to rush out to the playground, stand on the seesaws, and launch each other into the air so we could fall on our heads and kill ourselves.
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FelisLupus Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lmao are you serious right now?
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FluidGirl82 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016
Yes. Keep in mind, however, that my sister and I were between the ages of 4 and 7 when we played this game, and we did not develop the coordination to play it correctly. But, for some reason, I always found it humorous when the little character fell to the ground. But like I said, our parents also made sure that we knew that what happens on a TV show, in a movie, or in a video game doesn't necessarily happen in real life. They told us if we launched each other off the seesaws at the playground, we could get hurt. Or worse. And we'd get in big trouble for doing so. So did my sister and I ever try to launch ourselves off the seesaws? No we did not. We would do ANYTHING to avoid having our dad lecture us in what we have dubbed, "The Tone."
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FelisLupus Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nah, I'm saying that the first thing that comes to mind is Call of Duty or a first-person shooter.
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Boschian-Fantasies Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Student General Artist
How hard is it for parents and teachers to teach kids the difference between fantasy and reality? 

In fact, there are some people who think it's cute and funny when people never outgrow their imaginary friend stage in life, and claim that that same person believes their favorite fictional character is real and flesh and blood?

Insanity and mental instability is not cute and charming. It's a cry for help.
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Commander-Dominic Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Agreed.
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somedudefromEARTH Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why is this so hard to comprehend for those adults?
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Dragonlord-Daegen Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
its not that they don't understand,its that they just want to put the blame on something els,to make themselves seem like the victims,and to them thats easier than taking the time to be actual parents and taking responsibility.
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somedudefromEARTH Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I know that. XD

But you are right. Its just a scapegoat.
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AsahiGirl Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never played video games until age 10, and a bit before then. Not because mom thought video games messed kids, but I was raised in a poor family. And all I had was books and toys.
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FalconPWNch Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
agreed.
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Huskeygirl3 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Video games actually boosts ones creativity and problem solving skills.

Haha mom look at me now.
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QTAdopt Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
I cannot understand if this is sarcasm or something. Video games, movies with extreme content can turn someone violent. I'd suggest people to do their researches. :s Not all games do. It basically depends on the type, and of course, the rating. You can't always blame the parents for their child behaviors- if you do, you're more idiotic than ever. Their child have their own behavior and also have their environment to take on a personality. Parenting a child won't always guarantee they'll end up sweet because there are more factors that guarantee how they'll end up as. 

inb4 someone replies and hasn't comprehended anything I said
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lionheart902 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There has been research that violence has actually dropped as the popularity of video games has rose. But, I'm just one of those people who believes anything that backs up their side of the argument, so I haven't actually checked validity of the sources for these things.

Now for an actual counter to your argument, I've been a gamer my whole life, and the first video game I've ever played was Mortal Kombat 2 for the Sega Genesis, with the violence code on. (And this was one of the most violent video games at the time, I believe.) I was about 4 or 5 years of age at the time, but before letting me playing this, my dad sat me down, and told me that video games are make believe and to never do what is done in the game. If it wasn't for that speech, I might have tried to imitate the game and tried punching people, or maybe I'm just good natured and wouldn't have done that even without the speech; either way I believe it helped to a degree. Through all of these years or playing video games I've never raised a hand to anyone. Generally if do I get angry, I sit down and plop in some random game and play it, and it does help me cool off. if no gaming device is available at the time, I'll just try to walk away from the situation or do something to keep me distracted from the issue until I calm down.

I don't disagree that it can make people violent, but I believe that only happens under certain circumstances.
i.e. Parents not telling their kids to not imitate video games and they're fake, parents letting their kids play games they're not ready for, parents lettings their kids play a game, see that they are imitating the game or showing violent behavior, and then not taking the game away from them and talking to them, or if someone just has a mental illness or is naturally violent and video games just fuel their anger and aggression.

Well there goes my try at making you at least consider the other side of the story.

Farewell, and have a good day.
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Fearlesswolf22 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes it does help people with mental illnesses. (Probably depends on which one it is, though.) Still need help, though. Video games can only take your mind off stuff for a while. 
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ocarinageek Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm pretty sure the extent of the negative effect video games have is desensitization, and we can blame every other media for that too.
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
If you ask them what make people go crazy before (videogames don't do that) videogames they will tell you comic books, if you ask them what make people do these things before comic books, they will look at you with a blank stare.
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T-Rip-Gamerx10 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Using! 
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Mina-Fox Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I totally agree with this. :nod:

There have been some kids addicted to video games who killed themselves. Like that Brandon Crisp who ran away from home when his parents took away his Xbox 360 for falling behind on schoolwork and being addicted to COD4, it was the shitty parenting that caused him to die until his body was found, not the games. Worse, there was an earlier incident back in 2002 where some stupid bitch from Louisiana sued Nintendo over her son who died playing N64 games 8 hours a day six days a week, his mental illness was what caused the death.
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luxiya22 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student
I hope this is sarcasm.
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Mina-Fox Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not being sarcastic. Really. I'm giving some pointers on what parents should do. They need to stop blaming video game companies over their kids getting addicted or being led to nasty incidents.
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Queen-of-Cavallgleic Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student
 Using~
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AngieAngel3 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My parents get angry at me for playing ANIMAL CROSSING. :iconquintuplefacepalmplz:
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DrEarthwormRobotnik Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
My parents don't give a damn about what I play. I play whatever be it Pokemon, Twisted Metal (my favorite series), or TF2
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crazyforchocobos Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
WHAT!? Animal Crossing!? One of the most charming games ever made where the most violent hing to happen is you stepping on a bug?
Excuse me while I go check I'm not on the Twilight Zone...
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DrEarthwormRobotnik Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Funny there, my parents don't give a damn about me playing Twisted Metal 2012, Mortal Kombat 9, and TF2
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crazyforchocobos Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
:iconexplodeplz: <=== That was my brain.
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DrEarthwormRobotnik Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
And I've played TM: Black ever since I was 10 (which had stories like this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy6vX9… )
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crazyforchocobos Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
So, it's kinda like a psychological thriller?
the only M rated games I've played are Persona and Assassin's creed.
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DrEarthwormRobotnik Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Not really, it's a car combat game.
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crazyforchocobos Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
hah I'd probably tank at that then.
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Piddies0709 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Parents like these piss me off. This one of the reasons why I don't want kids because I'm afraid of ending up like one of these parents. Not all video games are violent, take Nintendo for example. A lot of their games are meant to be family friendly. Plus entertainment media is not what makes people into killers. We humans have been killing each other long before TV and video games. I swear some these parents have noting better to do but complain about anything.
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Haku-chii Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
((Pokemon educated me. I learned a ton, and I mean a ton of vocabulary from playing Pokemon, even how the workd worked (why water is strong on rock and ground, the animals that inspired certain Pokemon) it in fact gave me a jump-start on reading when I was young.
I believe video games make kids smarter, it allows them to think about how they would react in new situations, and I'm also assuming it would make them more creative too))
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cutiewolf15668 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Exactly
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SaltyEevee Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fast paced games actually help dyslectic children learn to read. 
So that argument that all video games are bad and do nothing good is becoming more and more invalid. 
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HerosNeverDie Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!!! Heart 
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CelticWarriorMoon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm only starting to play 12 rated games now, I'm a sensible teenager :)
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LovablyAwkward Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOSH, THANK YOU. 
What kinda frustrates me further is how parents want for their children to watch the news to be informed about the world, which is fine, but the world and the issues going on in the world are just as violent. 
Then they get all upset when their child plays a violent video game. 
What?

I'm a huge fan of Mortal Kombat. I've played it since I was a kid. I haven't slaughtered anybody. In fact, I've seen it more as a huge stress reliever rather than some device that will scar me and/or those around me for the rest of my life because of its intense violent content. 
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WhiteWolf0798 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ARE YOU MY REAL SISTER, Because I was about to say that.

People and parents are blaming violent video games for shootings and rape, when something like 18% of crime rate has gone down since video games. I do admit, I am a strange child, but that isn't because I play slender, or of course mortal kombat.
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