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April 26th, 2010
06:53 PM ET

Games, Ratings, and Speech

Like movies, video games get ratings; you've heard the phrase "rated M for mature" on commercials.  California wants to make it illegal for any games that are considered excessively violent to be sold to people under 18.  But critics of this plan say it would limit free speech because the California government would be censoring the games.

Here's what's at the heart of all of this:  Who should be responsible for choosing what video games kids play?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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  1. Cera

    Only the parents should be in charge of choosing what vidio games kids play, if someone doesn't want violent vidio games, then they don't have to have it. Others that allow their child to play them, can let them.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
  2. Margaret

    The goverment should not be stepping into this, because some kids are more mature than others – so it is not fair to not allow them to those who are ready for them. I think thats it is the parent's decision on whether or not their child could play the game – not the goverment's. After all, parents do know their child better than a complete stranger.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  3. Paul

    I believe Parents should be responsible and held accountable for what kids can play. Sure they might play these violent games at a friends house but the parents of the child can regulate what there kids play and deem if they should play these games or not.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  4. Bethany

    I think that their parents should be responsible for what kids play. I don't play many video games myself but my mom motors what I play and when I play it.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  5. Bruno

    I think parents should set a guideline what their kids can play and can't play and the kids decide what games they play between those guidelines.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  6. Hallie

    I don't think they should pass this law because sometimes those games aren't rated properly. People should be responsible for what they play and they shouldn't play anything that they think is inappropriate for them. I think the kids should know what they are comfortable with and choose themselves.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm |
  7. Katrine

    the law shuld be that those who are under 15, not 18, should not be able to by violent videogames, cause 18 is a little to strict, but those over 15 are responsible enough too make their own decicions!

    April 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm |
  8. Erica

    i think that the government should be in charge because first of all the government has more power then the people selling the video games and i also agree with the government because if kids younger then 18 get a hold of these violent games they will start saying those cussing words that they put in video games.

    April 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm |
  9. paige

    i think the parent kids just shouldnt go some where with out parents

    April 26, 2010 at 9:02 pm |
  10. David

    The parents should be the ones to chose if there child can play M games. All kids are different after all!

    April 26, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
  11. Abigail

    i think if it was really a big deal then the president should decide but me personally i think its up to the parents to decide what games they should play until their 18.I just don't understand why it matters so much to California.

    April 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm |
  12. Vanessa

    Parents should be the one who picks the games out for their children because the parent are responsible for what the children play or watch.

    April 26, 2010 at 9:26 pm |
  13. justin

    I think kids should buy or get whatever game they want because there parents make the rules for there children,not the government.

    April 26, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
  14. adam

    it is bad

    April 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  15. Kyle

    The Government is trying to do the best that it can do but it should be up to the parents to choose what's best for younger players.

    April 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  16. Andrew

    I think that the ESRB (the company that rates games) should add more ratings to make the judgement more accurate. Most shooting games are rated M because of lots of violence. It's basically the parents' decision.

    April 26, 2010 at 11:50 pm |
  17. Dan

    All video games are free speech. They have emotion, plot, characters and its up to the parents to decide not the government. Plus its restricting free speech for developers which would make the game developers tone the games down for everyone.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:49 am |
  18. T.J.

    I think that if the parent or legal gaurdian approves the game they should be able to play it. And in some games you can turn stuff off like gore, or blood, and profanity.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:32 am |
  19. Alan

    Parents play the biggest role in choosing games for their kids. They should we watching what kids play at all times...

    April 27, 2010 at 6:39 am |
  20. William

    I think that our parents should be responsible for choosing us the video games we play as long as it is the one we like. If a person under 18 played those over 18 games, it would have a very bad influence on him or her.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:16 am |
  21. stoke

    If i wanna play fun games of violence, my guardian may choose to let me do so not the government.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  22. Megan

    Video games aren't a part of freedom of speech. I think that playing violent games contributes to the way kids act. Video games in generald aren't doing any good to kids.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  23. Barack

    I would say to just leave it the way it is, theres been rated n games for years but just because its violent doesnt mean it shouldnt be sold to those under 18

    April 27, 2010 at 8:01 am |
  24. Anonymous

    the "man" cannot stop me from playing games. he's acting as though we're goyng out and bombing the place. GET TERRORISTS NOT US. thanks for reading! 🙂 😦

    April 27, 2010 at 8:04 am |
  25. Tommy

    I agree with the idea of making it illegal to buy "M" games if you are under the age of 18 because it is unhealthy to playing violent video games all day.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  26. dillon

    if people have a problem with what games their kids are playing then they shouldnt buy the game in the first place. and to make it impossible for people under the age of 18 to buy the games is taking away the consumer right to buy what they want.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  27. s.h

    that bill will be meaningless.
    kids play a violent games in anyway,any method from diverse sites.
    if gov want to prevent violent game from kids,
    gov should be abolish all game share site.
    why don't you prohibit your kid from computer
    if you want to take away violent game from your kid?

    April 27, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  28. Jon

    I think this is appropiate because many kids buy them thinking they are only a game but little do they know that it soon becomes an addiction with the violent games.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  29. Becky

    I think California's idea to ban violent video games is absurd. It's the kids who play the video games responsibility to make the decision if it's appropriate or not. They have the right to play any video game they want.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  30. sam

    i say tha the govt. does not need to care. i think it should be up the the kids juggment and the parents.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  31. kirsty

    if you can watch a violent movie you can play a violent game some kids game such as power rangers is violent. how lots of blood

    April 27, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  32. Connor

    I am a person who plays the "M" rated games and I think that you should be able to get those M rated games. If your parents say that you can buy the game then I really don't find a problem.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  33. Robin

    I definitely feel the government needs to step in on this issue. I am constantly amazed how little parents know and involve themselves in what their children are watching, doing, and games they are playing. We need to protect the children of the future to make them grow up as responsible, kind, and compassionate adults. I am a mother of five children from 30 down to 13. I have seen a lot in all those years of parenting. With my 17 and 13 year old I see parents that are trying so hard to be friends with their kids they are afraid to say no or give them guidelines. You can have a wonderful relationship with your children and still be their parent. Children want and need guidelines and boundaries. If you start out when they are young, they accept your guidance and boundaries as rules in your household. I do not understand why parents of today want to take away their kids childhood by exposing them to teen and adult material too soon. The earlier you expose children to inappropriate material the more they will want. Then you end up with kids in highschool, (yes I said kids) doing way too much far too soon. They are not emotionally or socially ready for the situations they are being put in. People are trying to convince themselves children are mature and ready to handle so much at such young ages today because they are busy, stressed, and it is just plain easier to let them raise themselves. Then when they do horrific things we see in the news everyday, or get in trouble, get pregnant, or many other undesirable things; these same parents ask how could this happen. Is this really what we want for the most valuable people in our lives.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  34. Ryan

    I agree with this rule.Games are becoming overly mature with adult language. Half the content adults shouldn't even play! I think this rule will reduce the number of video games produced and help get kids outside to become more active instead of sitting in a dark room becoming even fatter.If they regulate video games they should do it on "R" movies and maybe"PG-13"movies, too.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  35. Karina

    I agree with this; but then i dont because as Kirsty said you can watch a violent movie and then they make a game and you want to play it. I think it just depends on the game i don't think its fair because some games are rated bad but are a good game.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  36. Laura

    I think that if the parents are letting their children play these games, then the government should allow these parents and children to buy these games and be able to play them, if the goverment dosen't mind kids under 13 watching pg-13 movies, then they should not care about the games either.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  37. Gylian

    The ratings on video games are there for a reason, if the parents of younger kids choose to ignore them then it's their fault if the kids are exposed to violence. There are certain games out there designed just for a younger audience and they should choose to play them instead. But teenagers who are mature enough to play the more violent games should not be punished for the ignorance of the kids.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  38. kara

    iI DONT agree with the rules because i dont think it's really fair. I think our parents should deside what we can and cant do andplay plus the goverment is not our parents and if they didnt care about what we play last year why do they care this year!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  39. Karina

    Why does the Goverment get to be incharge now. If they didn't do anything 5 years ago why do they do somthing now. What is the point to be incharge of what games we play. Is the Goverment scared we will see this stuff and then attack them.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  40. Natalie

    Parents should be in control of what their child has for video games. It's not up to the child to determine if they can or can't have a violent video game. It makes me uncomfortable to see how violent video games are becoming and how immune kids are to it.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  41. Nathan

    I think that you shouldn't change the the game ratings and we should be able to be kids.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  42. Kaitlyn

    I think that parents should be in control of what video games their kids do and don't play. I strongly believe that the ratings on games serves as a warning of what kind of material is in the game. The parents can either choose to be aware of the warning, or to ignore it. It's not something that the government needs to be control of because it is not their responsibility.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  43. Diana

    The parents...but it wouldn't make much sense making it illegal because kids under 18 are always going to find a way for them to play games rated over there maturity levels.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  44. Cody

    That should be their parents.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  45. Daniel

    There is a problem with the games that some people play.Although they pass the ban, why don't they have the parents buy the games. Have the parents choose.The kids aren't the one's who make the games we just play the coolest games out there.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  46. zack

    Nobody should be responsible.They should be able to play what there parents or guardian say they can play.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  47. Katie

    I think that some people will disagree with what they say and i do because that is what makes us kids be kids and they can't change that. Let kids be kids and live their life the way they and their parents want them too if that includes violent video games.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  48. Jeffery

    I think that we kids can enjoy and play games.There are parents that wont buy games for us so if we have the money we should be able to buy what kind of games we like.

    I understand what he is saying but i disagree.
    Because many kids enjoy our lives with video games.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  49. Tyler

    I think it will be a great idea because little people will learn how to kill people out in the real world!

    April 27, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  50. Tyler

    I think it is just silly that some person can just come and take our right to play the games we want to play!That is our business, not theirs! But I have to say that the Governor does have a good point about what he is doing.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  51. Bradley

    I know what the Governor is saying, but I think that the parents should should be able to tell their kids what game they can and can't play.

    Thanks, Bradley

    April 27, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  52. Tiffany

    The kids parents should be in charge of their kids video games they get and most parents pay there kids the video games. Or the kid could get a older brother/sister to pay for the game and pay a stranger to.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  53. Bryant

    The parents should judge the game they get their children, not California government. Only the parent of the child should judge on if the game is a good example and if they think their child is mature.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  54. Jessie

    I think that you should be able to buy video games freely. But if its rated for mature only, there should be a parent or guardian of the purchaser with them and that is the only way kids under 18 should be allowed to buy video games that is rated mature.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  55. James

    It seems to me that adults want to restrict anything they dont like or agree with. I think if this becomes a serious issue, that anything big wigs dislike can be blocked or destroyed.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  56. Miraj

    I think it has to do with the parents, if the parents think the kids are mature enough to handle these games let them. Yet many parents make sure that kids arn't allowed to play rated M material.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  57. shane

    i believe they should not do this because the parents would be the one that says yes they can buy it and play the game. The parents would still buy their kids the rated M games no matter what the government does

    April 27, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  58. Emerald

    I think that the government doesn't have the right to prevent sales of M rated games to young people. It would mean awesome games like Halo 1,2, and 3 would no longer be available to children, who, from what I've seen recently, are their main audience. I believe that this new law is violating freedom of speech and it should be canceled.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  59. Austin

    The law is not a good idea. I think that parents should have the right to let their kids play what they approve of. Not the goverment.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  60. sebastion

    Parents, guardians and others who care for children should be responsible what they are exposed to. But the industry has to come up with better ways of disclosing video game content before purchase and let those responsible parties decide for themselves. Current systems have publishers submit the most offensive parts of the product to the rater who then decide from that. Do we evaluate automobiles from watching them crash or judge cuisine by observing a diner with food poisoning? Flawed systems yield flawed results.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  61. Chris

    I think California should not pass this law because some violent video games allow me to express my anger. Being able to express my anger through video games is much better than taking it out on people.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  62. justin

    I think this is a violation of our free speech, i think we shoould be able to by violent games just as long as we do not think about doing those violent things protraded in the games.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  63. Andrew

    I think that the choice of what video games kids should play should be a decision to be considered by the child and the child's parents, not by the government. If a kid wants to play a violent video game, and their parents are O.K. with it, then it should be allowed. I'm not saying that little kids should play M-rated games, but that it's really the family that should get the final say.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  64. Joe

    I think this is a bad idea. People under 18 can be mature too. Also the video game companies would lose money because they sell a lot of rated M games to kids under 18.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  65. Dhruv

    Games should not only be the child's choice but the parents too. Some games give a negative influence on the minds of children. Parents should read the game case before purchasing to make sure the game intended for purchase would be suitable for their child.

    This negative influence isn't only on children though. The negative activity in certain games can also influence adults to do violent things.

    The buyer should be responsible and take into choice who the main person the game is intended to be played by, and make a right choice responsibly.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  66. LARRY

    THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA

    April 27, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  67. Ryder

    If parents dont like there children playing games with "rated M for mature" content, then don't buy them. Some people, like myself, enjoyed playing rated M games at a younger age for a better gaming experience.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  68. Seamus

    The M for Mature label clearly warns people of any controversial material in the game. It's not the governments' job to try and censor material in this way. If a parent does not like certain material in a game, simply forbid your child to play it.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  69. PLUS program

    One student feels that as kids they should be able to play whatever they want, because it is not even real. Another student thinks that the parents should be in charge of what their kids are playing. Another student thinks that maybe states should be making the rules about video games, although she admits that it will probably cause a lot of controversy. Later, we have to go. We don't want to be late for Grand Theft Auto Shop. Oh Yah!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  70. Josh

    ude, video games don't influence people anymore than movies, music or literature. Give a child a gun in a video game and they'll pass time; give a child a gun in real life and they'll cry...

    April 27, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  71. Ashley

    I think that kids should be able to choose what video games they want to play because that is exactly how I feel. I like playing violent video games.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  72. Brad's SS Class

    My class overwhelmingly thinks that video games should be sold to kids under 18. I however think that is probably because they are under 18 themsleves.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  73. Avery

    It wouldn't matter if they say mature they would get their parents to get it for them

    April 27, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  74. Spencer

    I think there should be the TEENS and older who buy the video games, its not a big deal.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  75. ty

    I think its is down right against the constiution and I think it is up to parents and teens to make the decition of what games they play not the supream court.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  76. Anonymous

    I think that it is unfair that California is doing that, because of "crime rates", when kids get mad they blow steam off by vengeful videogames, what would happen if you took that away??

    April 27, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  77. Alese

    Games are awesome!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  78. christina

    well, there parents are the main responsibility for choosing what there kids play, they should be looking and checking up on what there kids are playing. :]

    April 27, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  79. Alysa

    I think that parents should choose what games there children plays, those are there kids and different familys have different rules, religon!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  80. Derek

    it think the parents are responsible for what the kids are playing on the xbox and other things. because their the kids responsiblity. if they think they can handle they they should.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  81. anthony

    i think that the government should choose because some parents never care what there kids are doing and i think the government should choose what the kids are doing. -_-

    April 27, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  82. Alexes

    Parents should choose what their kids watch or play. Not the government!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  83. Alese

    i think that vidio games are good to learn from escpecialy games that are rated M because it teaches you not to do the things in the game

    April 27, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  84. muffinman

    i think we should play whutevas WE WANTZ!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  85. Nic

    video games are over rated. Halo is rated M but it is just fake. why are some video games that have shooting in themand are rated T but others rated M just for the language?

    April 27, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  86. Sam

    I think the kids parents should be able to choose what games they play. Its there kids if they want their kids to see all that violence then let them.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  87. kyle

    are 13 year old kids still aloud to play mondern warfare 2?Because me im 13 but i love mondern warfare 2 it is not fun if the people who play mw2 do not get to play fun games

    April 27, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  88. Ashley

    I dont think freedom of speech has anything to do with video games, but i do think that the law is unfair. the games kids play should only be between them and their parents. nobody else.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  89. Samantha

    I think the kids parents should be able to choose what games they play. Its there kids if they want their kids to see all that violence then let them.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  90. muffinman

    I think it doesnt matter so blahhh!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  91. Tyree

    Age limit should be thirteen and above because we are mature enough to play those type of games

    April 27, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  92. asmar

    I thinks it horrible that they are doing that like what kind of person would do that it crazy I play rated M games all the time and Im ok but then adults only say your a child you dont understand

    April 27, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  93. Sierra

    I think it's both a good and bad thing but mostly bad. The reason why I say this is because if children/teenagers like us stop buying all these games then the U.S will loose money. Also, people over the age of 20 usually don't buy games. But, it's also a good thing because if children remember the bad games...then they'll do it when they get older which isn't so good.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  94. Dustin

    I feel that it's the parents are responsible for what their kids play. As a gamer I feel like I'm getting the wrong end of the deal. People shouldn't just blame video games what about movies and violent music lyrics?

    April 27, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  95. Ashley

    Clearly,younger people should be able to own or buy video games.Video games help people blow off steam and let out anger.If video games are made illegal for a certain age,we will rebel.There is absolutely no need for a restrictipon to video games.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  96. Chris

    I don't think that the goverment should have age restrictions on video games because if parents let their child play those types of games the goverment is making the choice for them.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  97. amir

    why is the government making a law saying you have to be eighteen or older to buy violent videogames. They want us to read more books,books have violence in them too.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  98. Jordan

    I strongly feel that parents should be monitoring what they their kids play. I think that the limit should be 13 and over instead of 18 because 18 year olds dont play game consoles they enjoy hanging out with friends or some are focusing on college.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  99. Daykwon

    Personaly I dont think the goverment should be worried about what video games america's youth plays.The parents should be worried about what what video games their child plays and how they react to it.

    PS: Nice hair Carl 🙂

    April 27, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  100. asmar

    I laugh over this now because I can just get my mom to buy my games it kind of funny because even if you put the law that kids cant buy rated M games they can just get thier parents to buy it I laugh HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  101. ~Alex~

    I do what i want

    April 27, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  102. Trevor

    I think that the parents should be able to decide. I don't think government should have a say on what video games kids should or shouldn't play. That should be completely up to the parents and how they feel about video game violence.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  103. Dannielle

    i think that parents should have control over what their kids play. the video game stores should let kids buy the violent games if the child has a parent with them that says it's ok or if the child has a parent signature and phone number.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  104. Carter

    First of all some of the M rated games should not be rated M. So in this case parents should be responsible for what there kids play. The government should not tell us what games to play. If there parents let them play the super violent games then that there fault. Not all M rated games are that bad.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  105. Sierra

    I also think it's kind of unfair and against our freedom in America. Children/teenagers need freedom too, and not all dangerous freedom but games should be free and go out of business! Poor Nintendo...

    April 27, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  106. Cole

    I think the parents need to be a little more involed in the games the kids play. I would not want my child playing a violent game without me knowing or seeing what it is like. Also, parents should be warned about the violence of the game before their children play it.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  107. Nicholas

    I think it is stupid that they are going to take away rated M and T games away from kids. Parents are still going to buy the games for there kids any way. Plus if they take away those kinds of games kids are going to play games that are for little kids. What is the fun in that?

    April 27, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  108. Dr.J

    I think me and my parents should have the decision for what games I play. My parents say it is ok because they play the M games with me. Its also my choice because I don’t have to play them.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  109. Payton

    When you ask who should decide who chooses the games, are we asking the kids or the feds? Kids have parents for a reason, people. Let them do their jobs and let them decide what’s best for their children.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  110. ashley

    Parents are the ones who should choose what games their kids play. And I'm sure that once this law is passed kids with parents who don't care will just have them go and buy it for them. So I believe that the real problem here is parents who just let their kids do whatever they want. They need to sit down and see what the games are really like so they can determine if it's appropriate for their kids or not.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  111. Madi

    I think that the parents should be in charge of what video games their children play. They should be responsible enough to be more involved in what games their children play. Parents should know what violence and kind of language is in each game before they buy it for their child.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  112. AlYsSa

    The person who should be responsible would be either our parents or us. But some parents don’t know about the game but a lot of parents play the video game with you. For example my step dad bought my 5 yr old little brother batman for the ps3. Its is rated T for teen and a 5 year old plays it. But my step dad plays it with him. But I think that they should let kids play mature games because HELLO! The parents are still going to buy it for them! And I think that they should just build a bridge and get over the fact that they aren’t going to win this one!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  113. Gabe

    I think that the parents need to rise up to the occasion. They need to be more involved in there Childs life so things like this don’t need to happen. Instead of letting there kid do whatever he wants willy nilly, take time to figure out what your child is doing. If parents can do this, there wouldn’t be any problems with censorship in video games. That’s what should start happening.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  114. Angela

    I think that it doesn’t matter if you make the rule say that no one under 18 can buy a M rated game, because that child can have there parents buy it for them. How is that going to help enforce the law? The law will be useless kids are going to find some other way to buy that game and play that game. So basically the law will be collecting dust. What the whole point? You’re going through all this trouble to “fix” kids from buying M rated games, when really they still have access to it.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  115. mason

    They shouldn’t bother with putting an age limit on games when most kid’s parents buy them there games already. Almost every kid knows that what there playing is a game and doesn’t take it seriously. It wont stop kids from getting the games that are rated M they’ll have there older brother or friend buy it for them.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  116. Selene

    I think that we should be allowed to choose what games we play ourselves. If we can choose what games we play, we won’t be nearly as bored. Some kids’ parents would end up choosing educational games (the horror!) for them to play if they were the ones who choose. If we make bad decisions, then it’s our own fault and we’ll be the ones to pay the price. Besides, we need to learn to make our decisions at some point.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  117. Patrick

    I think parents should be responsible for the games that kids play. If the parents want there kids playing education or learning games then that’s there responsibility to make sure it happens. Also though, parents should also let there kids play action games to.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  118. Ryan

    Parents are the ones responsible for their children. The state should not take away stuff from children because the parents allow their kids to play. It is like disciplining a child that’s not yours

    April 27, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  119. ~Alex~

    im not sure who should be responsible for what we play or watch. Probably our parents because they have the power to take whatever it is away from us. and so i think that if you have a problem with it, complain to the parents and not the kids.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  120. Kiel

    First of all, they shouldn't be able to choose whether people's kids can play these games. It's all up to the parents to make the choice, and if they are worried they can ask someone working at the store about the game and see if it is appropriate for the kid their age. If it's not then the parents shouldn't let the kid buy or play it at all.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  121. Alecia

    The supreme court should not have the right to say what age groups can play what games. That should be the parents decision and if they choose to allow their children to play violent video games then so be it.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  122. Trevyn

    The parents should be responsible for what their kids play. They should be telling their kids what they can play and what they shouldn't. So you can blame the kid, but talk to the parent first to see if they bought the game for the kid. And I think it would limit free speech because of they aren't letting everyone play it.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  123. Maycie

    Well, even if they made it illegal for anyone under 18 to purchase violent games it doesn’t really help. Half of the people 18 and older are purchasing the game for their kids. So I don’t think it would do much because the people playing the video game would just find a way to get it, by paying somebody 18 and older to go buy it. I don’t really think it’s the government’s choice what video games people play, I think it’s the parents or the child’s decision.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  124. .

    I think that our parents should decide what we can play and cant play… Other people can’t decide for us because its not their lives. They should be worried about what they play not what I play, sucks to be them its my choice!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  125. Crystal

    I think that our parents should decide what we can and can’t play … Other people can’t decide for us because it’s not their lives. They should be worried about what they play not what I play, sucks to be them it’s my choice!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  126. Anonymous

    Parents are the ones responsible for their children. The state should not take away stuff from children because the parents allow their kids to play. It is like disciplining a child that’s not yours

    April 27, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  127. kymberly

    Personally I think that the kid’s parents should be able to tell the kid what they can and can’t play. Because the state has no control on the parents/friends of kids how are over 18 going out and buying them a game that may or may not be to violent for them to play. And one way or another kids are going to find a way to get there hands on the rated games…

    April 27, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  128. Anonymous

    Parents should be responsible for what there kids play. If the parents have a problem with the violence or language in the game they can tell there kid no, but if they are ok with it then the kid should be able to get the game. Plus most of the parents would just go buy the game for the kid so the law wouldn’t matter anyway. California government shouldn’t be able to do this, because the games aren’t causing any physical problems.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  129. Scott

    Video games get too violent for kids sometimes. I remember when I was in 3rd grade and we were talking about the most popular gun game all the time. One day it was halo the next one of Tom Clancies games like ghost recon or splinter cell. I think what the senate is doing is a good idea because then if a kid wants a game it has to go through a parent or legal guardian.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  130. Jared

    I think its entirely up to the parents. If the kids do get the "M" rated game, they should be mature enough to understand that this should not carry on into your normal life. If your kids are that immature while playing a video games it should be taken away from.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  131. Bob

    why should they do the because what if they parent is not there and they have the money to buy the game

    April 27, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  132. Bob

    why should they do the because what if they parent is not there and they have the money to buy the game.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  133. skyler

    I think that when you have games that there should be a warning on it telling you what it contains so your parents know what your playing

    April 27, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  134. JD

    I think you should leave it alone or leave it up to the stores

    April 27, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  135. Pontiac

    I think that gaming industries and ratings need to stay the same. Just that the employees need to tell the parents of children that are 17 and under what there buying..

    April 27, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  136. Kevin

    I think the parents should be in charge of the games their kids play because some games are brutally violent and gory.. and you wouldnt want your kids to be learning horrible stuff like that.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  137. Glen

    I think they should keep making games because for some people thats there life.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  138. Chimichanga

    If it is okay with are parents and they say that we can play them then it should be fine, and they should just leave it alone because it is freedom of speech.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  139. Taco

    I think they should leave it alone or leave it up to the stores

    April 27, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  140. sarah

    i think they shouldnt say that people of a certain age cant buy the games just because of the ratings...if people want to play a game with inapropriate language and content thats their problem not the states.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  141. Matthew

    I think that parents should be in charge of what games kids play. Each choice should be left up to the family, where they can decide what is best for theirs.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  142. MiGueL

    i think that the parent shouldnt let there younger than 18 year old kid play rated M games. im tired of goin online & hearing those anoying little kids. 😀

    April 27, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  143. Sydney

    I think the parents should be with child when buying a game.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  144. Dezi:)

    I think that the child parents should choose what they play, it should be up to them.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  145. burrito

    I think they should leave it alone or leave it up to the stores

    April 27, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  146. Alec

    Well most rated games aren't that bad except for grand theft auto. This game has very inapprorite places and should have an age limit to by, but games like call of duty and halo aren't bad they just have some gore and bad language. So games like grand theft auto probably should have this happen to them, but games like call of duty and halo shouldn't have this happen to them.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  147. Daniel

    If parents just stop buying video games with violence for teens younger than 17 and not 18, it would decrease what games they play.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  148. Zoe

    (name pronounced like zoey)
    If M-rated games are inpropriate, then why do parents let their kid buy them? I say its the parents to blame!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  149. tiffine

    i think that people have the right to play the games they want no matter what their age is.. thats basicly being pregitist towards people that are young! its the same situation as if someone got told they couldnt buy something because of their ethnic group

    April 27, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  150. joshua

    I think parents should stop making excuses for what they should be looking out for when their kids choose games.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  151. Mercadees

    I think they should make it to where you have to be 18 or older because all of the inappropriate actions in the video games are influencing teens on how they act.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  152. Quenton

    I think it is okay to keep selling games to people to under 18, because their parents will still have a say in what they can buy. Also excessively violent games may be bad for young people to play. They may bring the bad habits into the real world.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  153. byok

    er i think they should leave it alone or leave it up to the store !

    April 27, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  154. Autumn

    I think that the parents should decide what they want want there kids playing & the president because he has kids too & he knows what he is talking about.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  155. Devonte'

    I think freedom of speech has nothing to due with video rating and it should be all up to the parents.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  156. Chanhdawn

    there is only one person or persons that can tell kids what games they can play and those people are the kid's parents. if the parents allow their kids to play the games then their should be no one else trying to over rule the parents decision.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  157. Tashari

    I personally think parents should be responsible for what their kids are playing. If they thought it would harm their kids in any way, they wouldnt let their kids play it, after all they are the ones spending their money on it.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  158. timmy

    I think the parents should be the responsible persons to buy the games that their children play. it depends on the age of the person and the game that they are playing.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  159. Carl

    I think it's dumb that they want to stop younger kids from buying M+ video games. All the kids are going to do is have there parents buy the video games for them! I mean most places already have this law like GameStop. So they can't actually stop us kids. And all the coolest games games are T and M!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  160. Will

    This is ridiculous! Yes younger kids are being exposed to violent games, but with the consent of their parents. I bought two rated M games last weekend and I needed my mom in the store to buy them both.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  161. Hope

    Most kids under the age of 12 are not mature they are still kids and don't know the difference from real to unreal violence. Teenagers know the difference and won't try this is the real world

    April 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  162. Gonzalze

    All M rated games should be banned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  163. kelly

    ratings are so awesomeness!!!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  164. Ryan

    I think that if your parents approve the game, then it is okay to play the game.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  165. kelly

    ratings are so awesomeness and slow

    April 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  166. kelly

    ratings are so amazing and show how you like the game!

    April 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  167. Kevin

    I really like California's law. This should be taken to Congress not Supreme Court, so that it can be made a nationwide law.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  168. Austin

    I think that parents are the ones who should be responsible for what their kids play. I even play some rated M for mature games, but I watch what I say. I know many people, friends and relatives, who play rated M games and say what they say. Some of my friends and relatives have played games that are rated M since they were 7 which their parents allowed.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  169. Jackson

    I would say anyone with a strong sense of responsibility is obviously responsible for choosing what video games kids play whether it comes from the parents or from the kids themselves. If kids have just as much responsibility as their parents and/or authority figures have "inflicted" upon them throughout their life, then kids can make the choice themselves easily; however, if they lack responsibility, then of course the parents and/or other authority figures would feel responsible for choosing what video games kids play.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  170. ;Dylan

    I think within reason kids should be the ones to choose what video games they play, its just a game what could it hurt?

    April 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  171. Organa

    I think that it's the parents' responsibility as to choosing what kids can play and what they cannot. I, myself, agree with what California is going to do. While others may disagree, I, for one, am on California's side.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  172. brittany:)

    I think people should let little kids play video games because they sit and watch the teens and the adults play them so why can't they?

    April 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  173. ;Dylan

    i think that banning selling games to kids is a step too far. I mean i believe parents should have a say to but if a parent is so uninvolved in their childs life they dont know the games their playing they have bigger issues than games.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  174. Dalton

    The kids should have a say in what games they should play because kids are the ones who play they video games more than adults.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  175. Jasmine

    I think it should be illegal for people under 18 to buy a M rated game because they are not old enough to understand that. A M rated game also has L for language and S for sexual content which isn't for people under 18.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  176. BC

    Rated M is a rating that states the person playing needs to be 17 years of age! if people buy these games it is their right this right refers to the bill of rights which protects these games. The first amendment states that we have the freedom of speech, press, and religion and the first should be enough to protect that.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  177. Justin

    Parents should be responsible for choosing what video games kids play. Different kids mature at different levels, so it is up to the parents to determine if their children are grown-up enough to handle violent video games.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  178. Marie

    I think parents should choose what games children play. Our society can't keep depending on other people to make decisions for us. Parents need to decide and be responsible.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  179. Abbie

    I think that ultimately it is the parents' decision on what video games kids play. It is the parents' responsibility to decide what types of games their kids are mature enough to handle playing. However, I believe that states should make it illegal for people under 18 to purchase excessively violent video games. If parents don't mind their kids playing these games, then they can purchase the games themselves for their children. This way, if parents don't want their children playing these games, their kids can't go against their parents' wishes and purchase the games.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  180. Grant

    Right now there is an unbelievable amount of kids playing M rated games that are under the age of 18, and that has not had much of a negative effect on today's teenage society. Changing the law will not have much of an effect either because parents who approve of the game will just buy it for their kids.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  181. Porter

    The question of who is responsible for what video games kids play has been going on for years. Personally, I think the responsibility lies soley with the parents. A majority of games are bought by parents for their kids, and they should look at the content description on the back for any content they disagree with. The rating system was created so parents could decide whether a game is appropriate.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  182. Jordan

    Video games = awesome!

    April 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  183. john

    one way or another kids will get passed this. just because it is to violent doesnt mean that some way some how they will not get there hands on the games they want to play, even if against the law or even there parents will.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  184. Max

    I think that freedom of speech is what this country stands for. Violent video games won't hurt anyone. I think that that the parrents should decide.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  185. Mike

    I think that if your mature enough to do it then you should be able to play it or buy it. My friends and I play rated M games and we are only around fourteen and we are fine.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  186. navarr

    Games are freedom of speech just like any book.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  187. matthew

    the parents

    April 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  188. Nate

    [The parents] should have at least a choice to comment on if it is to "violent" or "inapropriate" for their children. They are the one's raising them.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  189. Elizabeth

    I believe that as consumers, we should get to decide what we want to buy. If a product that says “Rated M” on it is within our budget, and we are completely aware of what it entails to buy it, then why shouldn’t we be allowed to get it? As long as our parents agree with our decision, then we should be able to spend our money that we earn on our choice of products.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  190. ellie

    I think if a kid wants to buy a "M" game, their parents should buy it with them.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  191. tyler

    I don't think kids should play violent video games

    April 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  192. Dustin

    I think it will be 18years old to play video games.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  193. Deshaun

    The parents should be the judge of what the kids play,if the parents agree then the government should to.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  194. Blake

    I own 6 or 7 M rated games but its not the games its the people they need to now whats wrong and whats right.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  195. Bret

    I don't understand what all the fuss is about. I mean it is no big deal WOW a little bad language. Some games don't have bad language it just advises it. So there is no reason for the rating.........

    April 27, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  196. Irene

    I think that it does not matter what age or what level of violence inside of the games rated M.they are sometimes misrated.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  197. Xaiver

    I like Carl so I agree with him!!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  198. braxton

    ... If our paents are fine with us play the games. Why should it be such a big deal?

    April 27, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  199. Jaycie!!

    I think that the parents should be the ones to pick the video games for the kids! Its safer for them because then their parents will know what they are playing and not have to worry about it!!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  200. braxton

    ... if our parents are fine with us playing the games. Why is it such a big deal?

    April 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  201. Garrett

    I am not saying that i agree with what California is thinking but still kids must understand that there is a difference between violence in video games and violence in real life. If they do not know the difference then they should not be playing them in the first place.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  202. Colton

    I think that people that are under the age of 18 should be able to buy video games with mature ratings because its not like if you play call of duty you are going to bring it into the real world.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  203. Megan

    I think parents should choose what video game their children play, because its safer for children. If their child wants to buy a new video game, their parents should approve of them before the child or their parents buy it.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  204. Pierce

    Rated M games are not appropriate. Why do kids have to them them?

    April 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  205. Daniel

    I think it depends what kind of game the people want.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  206. Anthony

    I think it would be okay as long as thier parnts are there and they say it is okay for them to play a certain video game

    April 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  207. sam

    i do not think it is fair that in C.A people under 18 can play bad games.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  208. Greg

    I think that games have ratings for a reason. The rating should be followed unless your parents say otherwise.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  209. Emma

    I think their parents should choose what games their children are allowed to play. I know that many people think that the government should choose, but I think it wouldn't be fair if a aprent says their kid is allowed to play Mario games at only three years old, but laws say they're too young to play any Mario-related games. If a parent says a kid is allowed to play a game, they should be allowed to play that game.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  210. Billy

    The government shouldn't be responsible for what is considered mature, the game creators should. Children have access to many mature games today because of the technology we have. One game specifically is Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  211. Krystal

    I think there are some video games over rated and some are under rated but there is NO reason to go to court about the ratings

    April 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  212. Olivia

    Video games are what most minors like for. If they ban the games we usually play, most kids will make a full scale riot. I'd probably be on of them, even though i'm legally old enought obuy those games, my cousins would drag me into it and it protest. when i was fifteen i played most of the games most adults wouldn't play. i know i'm probably adjusted to the violence in the games, like in grand theft auto, Assasin's creed 2 and other games. but it's not like i'll do and put on an assassin suit and kill some guys off the street.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  213. cornelious

    People under 18 should be able to buy M- rated games if the kid has parental permission because it shouldn't be anybody elses decision other than your legal guardian.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  214. Kaylee

    I think that when kids play video games, that is thier own choice if they want to scare themselves or not. We can be responsible for our choices, espeically ones like this. This is definetly a violation of freedom of speech.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  215. Daniel

    I think that kids should play what is write for their age but its realy what the parents choose because in most cases parents buy the games for their kids.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  216. Kellin

    I believe that we have a right to play some certain games as teenagers some of us are mature enough to handle the violence and porogative language in the games. Sure certain people shouldn't but the mature one you know will be able to handle it.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  217. Clinton

    I believe that parents should hold all of the responsibility for what their children are playing. Game producers should be able to make any game with knowing that their game will not be restricted to only a select group of people.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  218. Alen

    I think we don't need our parents permission only on certain games.
    Like M rated games

    April 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  219. Josh

    Games have ratings for reccomendations to parents on buying games for kids. It's a parents job to moniter what their child is playing. It should be enforced for parents to monitor that but not the government.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  220. Tony

    Violent V games are not bad for kid [under 18] my bro and I play violent V games all the time [when we get spare time] and were still nice and smart kids.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  221. Dallas

    It should be up to the parents to decide what videogames are acceptable for their kids to play.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  222. Elizabeth

    I think that it shouldnt be only sold to kids 18 or older because some kids are on a higher maturity level than others. So to some people somethings my not be as bad as it maybe for others.

    April 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  223. Cheyenne

    games are a way we can calm down when i play a m rated game i make sure its mortel combat so i can pretend i'm frighting who ever i'm mad at like if i have a bad day at school i turn my ps2 on and i play x-men or true crime streets of LA its a game that is very hard or i just plat tetris worlds

    April 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  224. Tori

    The parents have the real say in what the child plays and if he/she doesn't aggree with what the parents say they should get over it and respect their parents. Any way, its not the end of the world your parents know best!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  225. Patrick

    hahahaha banning violent videos games is like 2012. Banning violent video games will only give us girl game.
    i would ban the violent ones but only to age 15. i already know a lot about violent video games. Yet those are the only games you see these days.
    Sims 3 has some bad parts but no guns, rated T.
    Halo 3 has little blood and 6 bad words in it, rated M
    Racing games are rated T???? that is just crazy...!! racing games have to do with racing not guns?? A five year old cold play a racing game and find no Inappropriate parts such as sexual, Guns, or BLOOD!
    and i was doing an assignment for class and i was thinking as i was writing . WHY IS IT SUCH A HIGH AGE??? Grand Theft Auto is showing you how people robber stores and steal cars. i already know because they have videos on youtube and TV shows on the games.
    -Patrick (dont ban games)

    April 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  226. Kevin

    i think it is good for kids some people don't think that kids are going to do this but they do

    April 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  227. Zach

    I think that just because you are underage doesn't mean that you shouldn't be able to get the game. My brother isn't "mature" yet but he is still allowed to play games that are rated like that and my parents are strict.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  228. Kevin

    Because the media is controlled by people who want to portray they're views. They
    want our beloved games to be seen as negative and anti-social. If a gamer was put to the task of rating games they might be biased through console rivalry or an obsession with a particular game.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  229. ricky

    I think that the parent should decide not the government,but if it's a toddler it should'nt be allowed.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  230. Josh

    If some people want to buy "M" rated games they should be allowed to. I'm a gamer myself and my parents let me play any kind of games I want to and I think people should be able to play any kind of games they want too also.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  231. Meghan

    I don't think "M" rated games should be able to be bought by minors because its bad for todays youth and society. "M" games are a bad influence to Children or really any one of all ages.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  232. alex

    I think that this is going to be good for kids because know kids don't have to think about violence every day. this is all so good because kids don't practice violence.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  233. Matthew

    I think it’s up to the child. It’s the kid that wants the game not the parents. Although it can be up to the parents if they want their child to have the game.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  234. Carli

    I think that a kid's parents should get to decide whether or not that child is allowed to play violent video games. I also think that if they do make it illegal until a certain age, that age shouldn't be 18. That's a little old, in my opinion. I would say more like 15 or 16.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  235. Donna

    "M" rated games should not be able to be bought from minors becuse its a horrible influnce todays youth

    April 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  236. mike

    I think it would be ok if a younger person can bye a game rated m only if the game has bin played bye the person who is selling it to you and says it is not bad and if it is you can not buy it until your parents come and bye it for you =)

    April 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  237. Brittney

    I don’t think the law wouldn’t change what it already is today. Because even if your under aged, you can ask a friend or parent to go buy it for you. I also don’t believe that the law would stop kids from playing games that aren’t appropriate for them.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  238. Hi

    I think that the law wouldn’t change what it is today because you have to be 17 to buy an “M” game anyway. If people really wanted they could just have there friend or parents buy it for them. I also don’t believe the video games is freedom of speech cause if it is showing people bad stuff than it is making things worse for us.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  239. Nick

    I think that the parents should choose if they play “m” games or not. The government shouldn’t get involved in making a law against kids playing certain violet video games or not. Video games do influence kids very much but the parents should be responsible for allowing then to play violent video games or not.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  240. julia

    I think video games maybe be help people get out of the real world for a little bit, but not a freedom of speech. You are not talking to anyone a playing a game. I don’t think that you need to purchase a game and be a certain age. It’s dumb and unreasonable. There is no point to it. It isn’t a freedom of speech. Who is speaking and for what freedom?

    April 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  241. Alyssa

    I think that this is a little too much to keep kids from buying these games. If the parents/guardians approve of the game then why can we not buy it?

    April 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  242. jasmine

    well i think they should ban the games because it takes the way of little kids possibility of learning

    April 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  243. lane

    Why you should be able to by games

    I think that you should be able to buy at least t rated games by your self. and you should be able to buy prity much any game you want just as long as you have some sort of like school identification that you could show the casher.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  244. Jeremy

    I think that kids should be able to buy the game if they have the money for it. Why should adults worry about what the teens and kids are playing what type of game. I don’t think it matters maybe the parents should say what kind of game to play not the community. Some teens like to play the auction shooting game because they like to kill people.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  245. yvette

    I think that people should choose what they play, just as long as a 6 year old isn't playing a rated R game with blood and gore. You know... Some people might like that kind of stuff though, and its their choice to play those kinds of games, just as long as they are old enough to understand that violence is not ok.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  246. blake

    i Think that the whole thing is stupid. Video games are all fake and they dont do anything to little kids they made video games to have fun. They made viloent games for a reason. You should not have to be 18 to buy or rent a vilent video game. That's just like saying you have to be 18 to watch a rated Rmovie.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  247. KONNOR

    I don’t think it even matters if they put that on them honestly. I’m a kid and I’ll just have my parents buy them it makes no difference if they do that. It wouldn’t stop kids from playing the games if there parents get it for themselves they are going to eventually let them play the game.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  248. Brad

    Mature games are not as bad as some people think. If these games should have an age limit on them it should be lower. An appropriate age would be 14-16. I do believe that this takes away some of kids freedom of speech.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  249. Jake

    I think this is stupid. Games already have ratings that you have to be a certain age to buy them, just because certain people don't want there kids to not be able to play these kind of games doesn't mean this should happen for everyone else. It's basically like saying any movies with violence or bad with bad language you would have to be 18 for. The people that video games are as qualified the people who rate the movies people watch.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  250. Freddy

    I say the kids should have the ability to choose whatever game they want to play. We have rights, and even though we’re underage, we have the same rights as everyone else! It’s called the Freedom of Speech!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  251. Haileigh

    Just like freedom of speech, I think that they should let anybody say what they feel on that subject. Everything gets ratings games, movies, etc. I think that they should have less violence in video games. Video games have a lot more violence than they used to.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  252. Jake

    I think that children under the age of 13 should not be allowed to purchase inappropriate video games. Children over the age of 13, on the other hand, should be allowed to purchase m rated games. Only parents should have the right to decide which games their children should play, not the government.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  253. me

    It’s not a madder of freedom of speech. If a Childs parents didn’t want them playing the game they don’t have to buy it for them. If the kid can buy it themselves then it is not that bad of a game. If there parents don’t want them to play the game its between that kid and there parents its not a civil matter.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  254. SHNEEMAN

    I think this whole thing is dumb. Video games are not real anyway and it’s not like if kids play Call of Duty they are going to go out and kill people. People just need to settle down. I think that video game ratings are pointless. Kids will just get their parents to buy the games for them.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  255. Tyler

    I think it should be up to the parents to decide what games you should play based on their knowledge of how mature they think you are not the rating on the game.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  256. Erik

    LET THE WAY WE BUY VIDEO GAMES STAY THE WAY WE BUY VIDEO GAMES!

    April 27, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  257. Nitro

    m games should be left to us teens to decide. it doesn't make sense to prevent kids under 18 to buy the games like halo and call of duty even if a person who is older buys it, it is bought for us

    April 27, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  258. Cain

    If kids up to 11 or up are allowed to watch rated R movies kids should be able to play rated M video games.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  259. Taylor

    I don't think Conan the Barbarian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) should have a say on what kids under the age of 18 being able to see. Most of his movies are rated "R" the same as a rated "M" game yet he doesn't have a problem with his gory movies being on TV.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  260. nicole

    I don't think that is very fair to the people under 18. the understanding that they are violent is true and is not permited to the point that they are intened to use the violence in or out of school or other places. the violence in the games such as Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, and many more are not intended to teach violence to people under 18. they are to let us have fun when we are in a violence free place all day. we wolud like to come home to play games that we like and we would like to let out stress or anger that we have had bottled up all day. it lets us express our natural body functions to being in a no violence place all day. so, i say that we should be able to buy games that are rated m and t because if you ask a parent to buy you one thay are most likely to say "NO". so I think it is a foolish idea to make it illegal to not be able to buy games if you are under 18.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  261. Jorden:]

    Okay, honestly I believe it should be someone's own choice to decide what they want to see, hear, and/or play. It's their right to choose what they want to spend their time on, isn't it??

    April 27, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  262. clay

    kids should play what games they like,but have a parent know they are buying or playing it. it should not be a law to buy a game.there is no reson to have a law about games that is the last thing we need

    April 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  263. Kyla

    If they did make this a law, it wouldn't stop minors from playing it. There parents or older siblings could still buy it for them.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  264. Jeff

    For you Math wises,
    Gaming + Government = No
    Gaming + Makers = Good

    Let the people that make the games grade their own games! This is just another step of the Tyranny takeover of America. They are in our bathrooms with the toilets, in our cars on what cars are "green" or not, and everything else. GET OUT OF OUR GAMES!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  265. paul

    I think kids should be able to play whatever games they want as long as it has a mute button to beep out the swear words

    April 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  266. Lou

    If the gouverner censor dozens of games, I think teens will go search forbidden online!

    April 27, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  267. Haily

    The parents should not let the kids buy video games if it does not look
    like its for kids to play. The whole U.S. should have the "M" on the package so you can tell if its bad

    April 27, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  268. Nevan

    Kids should be responsible for choosing what video game they want. They know what is appropriate, and what isn't appropriate for their age.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  269. Sara

    Some games should be approved by the government. Others don't

    April 27, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  270. Abby

    It doesn't matter. Some games should be banned, but that's up to the parents. Everyone is different, they can handle different things. Doesn't the government have more important things to do?

    April 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  271. Xavier

    what I want to know is how this can be considered free speech if all you do is sit around on your butt. However I do not think that they should restrict who gets to buy the video games the younger kids are the only ones who play them.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  272. Juan

    I totally agree that this is a violation of our freedom of speech kids more importantly so. This is one of the few ways that we can actually express ourselves without anyone caring if it's violent.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  273. John

    In truth its the parent and the parent only who decides weather or not a child can play an m rated games.

    April 27, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  274. Mary

    I don't see how playing a video game can be called freedom of speech but I guess that it would be a bad idea to restrict who can buy certain games. I am almost positive that we would see a drop in sales.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  275. Mitchell

    The parents should make kids buy video games only in their kids age limit. Like say you have a 13 year old and he buys something rated T. That's okay, but if he buys something rated M, that's a no no.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  276. roni

    I think it's pretty ridiculous that the government thinks they need to censor games. It should be up to the child's parent. It also really matters how the kids are brought up. If they were taught well, they wont go off shooting people at school to try to be cool like the guys in the game. With enough common sense, they should be able to tell the difference between right and wrong. If it so happens they were not raised properly or have a health issue, anger problems etc. , the parent should be the ones to step in and control what their kid is playing.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  277. Jeana

    The parents and the people who rate video games should decide. Making it illegal is not really restricting freedom of speech it is actually protecting this generation from becoming insensitive to violence which can lead to a higher crime rate and more homicides.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  278. Emily

    The parents should be the people who choose what's appropriate for their kids, not the California government. If the parents let their kids play with a violent video game and then the kid runs around pretending to shoot people, then that's the parents' problem. They should be able to choose what's best for their children, hasn't the government caused enough problems already?

    April 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  279. Mohammad

    i think that playing violent video games helps some people because instead of being violent in real life they take it out in the video game

    April 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  280. Sam

    I grew up on violent video games which taught me to know what really goes on in real life like how everyone is not "nice" and not to trust strangers.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  281. Arpan

    The government is involved way too much in our life. The parents should be responsible for their kids play. Also, if the kids stop playing video games then the video game industry would plummet. Thus, the American economy would crash.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  282. Maggie

    Do people really think that restricting those video games will stop kids from seeing violence? To stop that they'll have to stop kids from seeing movies, television... Might as well censor the internet while they're at it. I'm not saying they are wrong, I'm just saying that violence is everywhere and video games is just the tip of the iceberg.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  283. Emily

    I think that people should stop making those games in the first place they are just going to cause problems.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  284. David

    I'm not agreeing with the California goverment but still
    I think kids and their parents should realize what they're
    playing.If parents approve with with the kids playing and
    buying so should the goverment

    April 27, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  285. Veronica

    I think that our parents should be able to choose what video games we should play. Kids friends's parents should not be able to pick them out or the kid that is younger then 18. If the video game is rated m for mature the cashiers should not give them the video game unless the parents agree for them to get it!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  286. Hannah

    I think that (younger) children shouldn't be able to buy games that are rated M, but younger teens should have the right because if they cant handle the violence, they wouldn't be playing the rated M games. Its all a matter of if they can be mature about the game.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  287. Lyman

    My friends play rated M games but parents aren't complaining.Why are other parents complaining about games because violent games calm me down when I stress out.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  288. Ryan

    The belief that the government should have any control over gets to play what video game is wrong. These issues should be dealt with at the parental level. Parents have more control over these matters and their beliefs about game ratings, and not the government's, matter in these decisions. If the parents cannot control their own children and limit their game choices to what they believe is right for their children then how could the government possibly do it. If the parents allow their children to play more violent games then their child's reactions are their problem, not the government's. Ultimately, parents should live up to their responsibility and take care in what their children see instead of relying on the government to take care of it for them.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  289. Hannah

    This affects me also, because i play 3 different major M games. I can handel it. If a kid buys the game, what are the odds they're going to be able to sneak it past their parents? If the parents aprove, then let em' play!

    April 27, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  290. Emily

    I dont think it matters wither your parents are okay with it. The ratings are there for protection. Protection beginning with language, to actual violence. I personally think the M rated games influence (some) people to use of violence/bad language which lead to many problems.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  291. brandon

    if they do make any teen under 18 unable to buy a rated m-18 game then when my birthday comes i won't be able to buy my favorite game series which is rated that but on the other hand it will make younger kids a little more aware on what videogames are too violent by the srb rating

    April 27, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  292. Kate

    Parents should be the ones to decide what their children play. Its not up to the government. Also, restricting up to age 18 is too drastic in these modern times. The government is afraid we will see what war is truly like.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  293. Cindy

    Well, for one thing, the ratings are on there to warn us of the content in this game. The problem nowadays is that there are more violent games, and younger children are playing them. Its one thing to say that it isnt good to play these games, and its one thing to make it illegal. I think that making it illegal would be taking it to far. So, people are fined for letting a kid buy this game that has some big rating. They shouldn' get fined for doing that. Also there is that thing of free speech. It's not a form of it, but video games do affect peoples speech.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  294. Amanda

    There is violence all over. Just changing the rules for buying video games isent going to do anything. if parents let them buy the games now the parents will just start buying the games for their kids.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  295. brandon

    plus i have an incalculable amount of rated m games and the true point of the games difference from reality is in reality you don't get a second chance to change mistakes like videogames plus i don't think anyone would oh say shoot a rocket launcher in the middle of a highway during a violent dispute its just not what people would so I THINK

    April 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  296. Jared

    I think it should be a combined agreement between the parents and the government. If the parents allow their kids to play these games then they should explain to the government why their kids are allowed.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  297. lexi

    I think that's crazy! We live in a free country and we should be able to make our own decisions- especially about something as popular as videogames!

    April 27, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  298. Shona

    I think that it should be up to the parents of the kids/teens that are playing these games because some parents do follow all the ratings on games, and there are some parents who think that it is up to them to decide if their kid/teenager play certain games. If they[the governement] ban a game parents have already bought for their kid, what are they going to do; sell the game, tell their kid the game has to sit there until they are 18, No the parent is probably going to say oh well, too bad so sad, [to the governement] I have already bought the game for my kid/teen.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  299. jism

    i think the person playing the game should have the choice as to what the ratings are. They are the ones using the product and playing the game and if they dont want to see a certain subject in a game they can stay away from it. otherwise its the publics choice.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  300. phillip

    i think the video games is free speach its onley fair to let people express them selves the way they want

    April 27, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  301. Elisabeth

    The decision of what games kids and teens play lies in the hands of their parents... not their government! I realize they are just trying to keep us safe but at the end of the day it's not the gov's responsibility.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  302. Jacob

    Grown ups were placed here on this earth with authority over us, therefore they should choose for us.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  303. Tayler

    I think its kinda dumb for them to care whether us kids/teens wanna play video games.I play video games and i like them.No madder how bad the language is my dad will let me play them. Just because the language is bad,doesn't mean there any worse than people and there bad ways.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  304. Jason

    Playing a violent video game is not training to be a person who fights a lot, i think the government should face the facts of FREE SPEECH and deal with it

    April 27, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  305. J.P.

    I don't think the government should have a say in who can play what game. first of all it really is the parent's choice, and the government cant just steal the parent's authority. also if this law goes into effect around the country, video game industries will lose a lot of money because some of the best games out are rated M and about a quarter or a third of those games are bought by people under the age of 18. I just dont know why people would EVER think this is a good idea.

    April 27, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  306. Anabella

    I don't think they should ban all excessively violent video games from minors because one way or another, they'll get to it.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm |
  307. Sarah

    Banning violent games is by no means a violation of free speech right because "free" does not mean that you can do just whatever you want, certain rules have to be followed to achieve maxium freedom for greatest number of people. Kids need to be protected from excessive violence until they're mature enough to deal with it, parents and school district can form a committee to decide whether a game is suitable for a vulnerable kid.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm |
  308. lyric

    taking away m rated video games is not only taking away free speech but also it takes away half of most of are video game collections away.it might make kids go crazy it also take away fun and excitement away kids.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:02 pm |
  309. Crissy

    Okay, if children are playing violent, bloody, and gory games, their parents need to take action. If they don't, it's their fault, but the government shouldn't have to solve personal family problems.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:05 pm |
  310. Lance

    Its not like any adults are going to play these games, children dont care bout the ratings its just a cool looking game and its their choice to play the rated "Mature" games.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
  311. Matthew

    I think that parents should have the choice. It should be what is best for the family.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm |
  312. Martin

    The parents/guardians should be the ones to decide whether or not kids under 18 can play the violent game, but kids should never buy the games themselves. The parent/guardian should always accompany them and buy it themselves. The parent/guardian should have this responsibility because they are the ones who teach and take care of their children, so they can also recognize what their kids should be playing and whether the games can harm their kids or not.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:18 pm |
  313. Joey

    I think the government should have authority over the games kids get because little kids can buy any games they want and then they have nightmares and won't get any sleep, affecting their sleepyness in a classroom. Affecting their grades

    April 27, 2010 at 8:20 pm |
  314. Carlos

    How are the ratings not enough, they advise the parents and gamers what the game will include. Its up to the parents to decide whether or not their children should buy video games that are rated M. I think the government is taking it too far with this situation. The gaming industry should be the one to decide, not the government.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:20 pm |
  315. Kelly

    I think that maybe the parents should choose what games they play. I mean seriously some kids rely on their parents to buy them for them. And the parents are there when they pick them out. Plus kids should know what is appropriate and what is not. If it's rated teen and your not a teen... Don't play it. I believe that the government shouldn't pick what games kids play some kids are more open and will play appropriate games, others won't and that's where the parents step in... not the government.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  316. Hayden

    Parents are still legally responsible for their kids under 18 so I think it should be the parents who monitor what their kids are watching and playing. They are supposed to be the ones caring about the well-being of their children, not the government.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
  317. Austin

    This coming from the man who has acted in and promoted several extremely violent movies...

    April 27, 2010 at 8:35 pm |
  318. devin

    parents should pick the games but the goverment should also have a little right to the games so that they dont play gta.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:35 pm |
  319. Collin

    Honestly, both sides have positive and negative reactions. Violence in the games could have an effect on a child's behavior in their future. On the other hand, most violent games help children, especially teenagers, cope with the stress of everyday life. There is no right or wrong choice in the matter. With that said, both sides have consequences.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm |
  320. Hayden

    Parents are still legally responsible for their kids under 18 so they should monitor what their children watch and play. Parents are the ones who should care about the well-being of their children, not the government.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:39 pm |
  321. poblo

    The games are not a bad influance on us because it helps us get are anger out so we dont do bad things

    April 27, 2010 at 8:55 pm |
  322. Ashly

    My opinion is that the parents should be the one's getting gaming systems and certain games that the child wants to play, parents should be able to promote what they think are "good games" to their kids. The government should take statistical samples thoughout California from all ages and get the results to consider to ban rated M- mature games to peoples under the age of 18. I Also think that ratings are there for a reason. Although I think that if the parent allows the child to play those certain games they should talk to the child and demand no violence, bad language, or anything suggested in the games. Rated M for mature suggests to be +17 and states that it may be held to with BLOOD AND GORE, INTENSE VIOLENCE, STRONG OR MILD LANGUAGE, DRUG REFERENCE OR USE OF DRUGS, AND SEXUAL OR SUGGESTIVE THEMES. Now if a parent tells a child they can't do what they see on their favorite game and states a conseques if it does that it should not be banned. I agree with the critics stated that it would be an act against freedom of speach.

    April 27, 2010 at 8:56 pm |
  323. Meghan

    Your parents choose if you play this game or not so technically the ratings have 50% of the choice and your parents are the other 50%... At least that's how I feel....

    April 27, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  324. Vince

    I think who should control who picks what video games should be is our parents because the government cant control what video games we play and not play. Besides some video game companies make them so everyone can play them.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:01 pm |
  325. Philip

    Mostly, I think the parents are responsible. The game industry shouldn't be blamed for this, the parents should be because they should have control over the games that their kids play...

    April 27, 2010 at 9:02 pm |
  326. tabatha

    I think that the parents should supervise what there kid is playing and the games also have ratings on them and the parents should check the ratings depending on how old they are and some people think that it's the governments are responsible for it and they slightly are

    April 27, 2010 at 9:08 pm |
  327. Skutch

    It should be up the buyer to decide. If they are video gamers and they like the game, then I think it should be alright. There parents should get involved to make sure they are ok with it.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:12 pm |
  328. evan

    i think that video games should be controlled by the creators and buyers because almost everyone in my grade plays games that are rated M and also because the creators created an "interesting game" and the buyer was addicted and needed to buy it......also most kids don't get turned into the stuff the play its just a game, nothing is realistic

    April 27, 2010 at 9:12 pm |
  329. Bob

    I think that the government should not control what kids play. I mean some rated M games are bad like GTA or Fallout but its not like Modern Warfare 2 or Halo will cause kids do do drugs and illegal stuff. Plus if you got to game-stop over half the games are rated M. The government should deal with more important things like the fact that there in debt and other things.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:18 pm |
  330. Eddie

    Laws+ Government= bad games
    no laws+no gov. = good games; Modern Warfare 2

    April 27, 2010 at 9:20 pm |
  331. Sam

    I Don't think it is right because some kids mature faster than others and don't need the Government to tell them if they are mature or not. I also don't think it would be very effetive because kids can get their parents to buy them the game and they can get them from other places like Ebay or friends who don't want the game anymore.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm |
  332. Envey

    parents should be accountable for chosing games, but government must give a watch on the industry to help parents or guide kids to chosing.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
  333. Madeline

    Parents are the ones who know what scares or bothers their children, and they should be the ones who choose the video games they play. Having the government restrict minors from buying certain games is practically censoring, and is against childrens free speech rights.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:36 pm |
  334. Olivia

    I think your mom or dad should be in charge of the games you play but most of the kids bug their mom or dad to get them a game that is like raited M or raited T(teen) or A(adult). HELLO MOM AND DADS WAKE UP get your kids for their age group or for everyone.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:39 pm |
  335. Andrew

    I think that it is the parent's decision on the game. The government would be violating the right of free speech.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  336. devante

    I feel that if you're parent allows you to play those types of games then you should its not the decision of the court its the rule of the parents in that household

    April 27, 2010 at 9:53 pm |
  337. Peyton

    Not being able to play violent video games! thats like saying not being able to play video games at all.My brothers 6 and he gets to play M games.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
  338. johnathan

    i don,t thing it,s right because mostly everbody may not thing that is a good thing to do and mostly everybody plays games like that.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  339. Eli

    You should be able to pick your games, if you have permission by your parent.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  340. asia

    i think that it would and should be the parents choice to pick what kind of video games the child should play . the PARENTS are responsible for what their children should or shouldn't play not the government !!!

    April 27, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  341. Farhan

    It should depend on your parents what kind of game you should be allowed to play. They're the ones who are responsible for what kind of enviroment you grow up in so this should lay on thier shoulders of responsibility.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  342. Joey

    This is ridiculos, can a 11 year old watch a pg-13 movie? YES!!!!!!! There are advised not to but they still can.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  343. Ishmael

    It makes sense for the limiting of M rated games to minors but I do beleive it is up to the parents to decide what is good for their children.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  344. Daniel

    I think that parents should control what video games their children play, and the goverment shouldn't get involved.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:01 pm |
  345. Nylan

    We have seen this same scenario once before in allowing kids to watch whats inappropriate on t.v.This issue should be up to our parents and not our government to decide what we should or shouldn't buy or watch/play at our own leisure.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
  346. Joebob

    I think that not allowing kids to by "M" games violates freedom of speach. THe reason the ratings are there is for the parents to know what is in the games their kids play and it should be up to the parents to decide what there kids are allowed to play.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:28 pm |
  347. Sam

    I have to say that this is going to end in the same way the DC gun ban ended in the Supreme Court, no pass. But virtual is not as worse as shooting real people. But in my opinion the ESRB needs to pull it together and be more like PEGI which is the European rating system. PEGI is more superior in every way.
    But in the main topic it is parents that have the responsibility to control what their children play. I come from Oregon where they have a great system where you have to be accompanied by a guardian in order to buy a game that is M. That system seems legitimate. I don't know about you in the other 49 states if you have that kind of system.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
  348. ryen

    I think it will not be smart to make it illegal because the parents could buy and give it to a twelve year.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
  349. Brittany

    There is violence all over the world so what is the point of making it more strict? Video games are for fun, its not going to change anything if it is made strict.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
  350. Sarah

    I think you should be able to play what ever rated video game you want at any age. If your parents approve, go for it, but make sure it will be appropriate.....do research....

    April 27, 2010 at 11:55 pm |
  351. Diana

    Kids should pick what games to play because we are the ones who decide if they are too violent for ourselves.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:09 am |
  352. Parker

    I believe that not selling the games to people under the age of 18 wont do anything. Parents can just buy the game for their kids anyway. It is ultimately up to the "gamers" parent whether to decide to buy them the video game or to just say "NO!".

    -Had to fix the beginning of the sentence. ooops.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:43 am |
  353. Ishmael

    The selling of M rated games to minors is understandable because kids are influenced by what they see portrayed in front of them. But the parent should decide what is appropriate for their child.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:10 am |
  354. Jesse

    If a game is deemed to be Mature by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, then restrictions should be placed on whether a minor can purchase the game. Parents have the right to moderate what content their children are exposed to; if parents wish to buy their son or daughter an M rated game, it is well within their right to do so.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:20 am |
  355. logan

    kids should be allowed to play what ever they like and parents will buy it for there kids any way

    April 28, 2010 at 6:36 am |
  356. justin

    i want to games it doen't matter if you play games.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:14 am |
  357. Corey

    I think that rated M games are the most fun and realistic. I mean your not going to walk down the street and see I guy yell "Warning! Im about to say somthing rated over T."
    Also parents should be the ones controling what there child plays at home and goverment should just trust them enough to do it.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:25 am |
  358. Dean

    the more restrictions applied on kids, the more tempted they are to do what is forbiden when they are adults

    April 28, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  359. Nicole

    All kids should play games that are made for their age, but some games are over rated.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  360. Aidan

    I think that all parents should get to choose the games their chilrens play if they want no M-rated games their kids will get no M-rated games.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:01 am |
  361. Nicole

    Kids should play games that are made for them. My friend 11, plays combat games with foul speech. the government should ban war games for the better, we might get more soldiers. All children should learn what is good and bad.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:01 am |
  362. xavier

    i think its a good idea but the parents can look at it first and say "to take it back if they don' like how viloent it is or if it says to many bad words because you don't want your repeating them.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  363. Aric

    I don't really mind; most kids in my class are mentally mature enough to handle "M" games, and most kids under 10 around here don't play them because of advanced controls and difficult words, so it doesn't really bother me.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  364. Paige

    The makers of the games should tell who can play it. If parents don't like a game, can just not let their kids play it. The state shouldn't have a say.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  365. Saquamba

    I think that it is most definite that the parental figure has knowledge of what their children are playing, but should give them a chance to express themselves.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  366. Chester

    I agree with Saquamba!

    April 28, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  367. Rudolph

    I think that kids should choose there own games but the parent should know what it is about and what the rating is.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  368. Rose

    I think the student's parent should be responsible for choosing what video games kids play.The reason is parents can judge the video game is suitable or not suitalbe for their kid.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  369. Rj

    Video games are not a form of expression, they are a form of entertainment. They have nothing to do with expression, they are just meant for you to have fun. Although children under 18 really shouldn't play M rated games, the final decision of whether their children are mature enough rests with the parents.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  370. Jackson

    People shouldn't blame violent video games on actual violence happening in real life versus in the games; rather, they SHOULD blame the ones playing those violent games and then acting out on that violence because they {people that have no sense of right and wrong that were playing the violent games prior} aren't mature enough to play them in the first place.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  371. jessicaa(:

    you would just get your parents or other adult to buy it then if they say that you can play it i think its fine.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  372. mary kate

    i dont think the govermant shud think they can be responsible for that unless your parents say so. u can play what ever u want.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  373. madison

    yes! games should be sold to anyone it's not right to take games away games are fun and violent, and I am sure that is what keep the games selling and me out of my parents hair(hard laugh).

    April 28, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  374. Buddy

    It's important to protect freedom of speech because it is a nice thing that not everyone gets.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  375. Anonymous

    I think that what California is doing is right. I don't see what the big deal is about though. If the game is alright with your parents they wouldn't mind getting the game for you.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  376. Mike

    I think that what California is doing is right. I don't see what the big deal is about though. If the game is alright with your parents they wouldn't mind getting the game for you.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  377. Mike

    I don't think that what California is doing is right because they are taking away freedoms from people. It should be up to the parents whether the game is appropriate or not.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  378. Sammie

    I think that it should be the parents choice about what is too violent for their children to play. It's not fair to say that there is a certain level for children under a certain age.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  379. Lindsay:)

    Seriously California shouldn't do that because its not the game its the person who is playing it. If the person is really immature and is playing a game like that, then yeah they shouldn't do that but if it's a really mature person, then they should be able to.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  380. LaCresha

    I think that kids should be responsible for what games they want to play. I believe if parents taught their child that the violence on Mature rated games are not the action they should do. If parents are sure they taught their child this then they shoouldn't feel guilty or wrong about buying Mature rated games

    April 28, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  381. Alex

    I kind of agree with Calafornia. I don't think kids my age should be seeing naked people or constant shooting and blood. but kids should be allowed to play teen games. I think the people who rate games now should continue, but we kids should get a say too.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  382. Justin

    I think the president should be in charge of making the game ratings

    April 28, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  383. Alex

    The government should not be telling people what games to play. Parents should be monitoring what games kids play.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  384. Trent

    I think the parents should choose if you can have the game or not. The government shouldnt care if we have M games. There not that bad. Its not like real life.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  385. joseph

    I think its wrong for the government to decide what games kids play. It should be up to the parents. Games are something that people should decide for themselves not have others decide for them.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  386. Brittany

    Parents should be the only adult that can choose what game their kids can play. Some parents are really strict on games, wail others arent. If a parent says its ok for their kid you cant stop them from playing it. The government shouldnt be able to choose what games are "mature" or not. A little fowl languge never hurt anyone.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  387. Tyler

    I think it should be the parent’s decision of what video games there children play. If it is E for everyone than it should be allowed for any kids to buy them with out parent consent. And the store check out people should monitor what the rating is before the purchase and if it is over E for everyone than parents need to be there and the checkout people should say “This is Rated R, are you sure you want to buy this!”

    April 28, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  388. Chris

    I think that it should be decided by the parents of the kids. If they want to let them play them, that is their decision. The government shouldn’t control what kids can and cant do if it isn’t harming anyone.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  389. Tyler

    I think that if our parents are fine with playing the video games, then they shouldn’t worry so much about it. Out parents should tell whether we can play rated M games, if they are ok with it. California’s attempt of censoring the video games will fail, because kids will start selling and trading them illegally. They are making the situation more then it has to be. It wont make the kids language any better, and they still use the language, if they want to. California will not prevail.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  390. Dolan

    I think that the rating on the game shouldn’t matter to the store. It should matter on what our parents say. We may not like it, but we should just take it the way that it is. The stores don’t need to have an age limit on what you can buy as a kid. Our parents should judge that one.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  391. Nic

    I think that the parents should choose what games we play. Like if you play Grand Theft Auto it can make people want to steal stuff and go on killing sprees and that might make you want to do it but most likely your not going to and it’s the same with any other game.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  392. Kaleb

    I think that no state or government should be able to tell me what kind of video game I can or can’t play. I think that my Mom or Dad should be the only people to tell what to play and or watch. The fact that California might make it a law that you have to be 18 to buy a game that’s rated mature is just dumb. Kids should be able to buy games that are rated mature as long as they have adult consent.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  393. Quinton

    I think the parents should choose what games the kids play. If the parents will allow the kids to play the games, the state should not say they can’t. Although the games maybe violent and explicit the government should not stop the kids from playing those games

    April 28, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  394. Kaitlyn

    I think that their parents should be the ones to see what games their child wants to play. If they are going to go off and but a mature game let their parents be the judge of weather or not they are aloud to play it. I say that if they go off and buy a game that it’s none of the stores job to say I don’t think you are aloud to play it. I think that would be babying them and if they are not their parent then they should be aloud to do it.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  395. Zach

    Parents should have the choice of whether or not that their children play rated M games. I’m 14 and my favorite games are rated M, I enjoy shooting zombies and things like that. It should not be illegal to purchase a rated M game, but if a parent has the ok, then it should be fine to buy a rated M game. The government should not prevent children from playing rated M games.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  396. Caitlin

    I think it should be the parents decision in the end because they want to raise you decently so to do that they would have to know what you are playing and if there is indecent exposure, bad language, or anything to that extent. I think the store owner should think about what they sell because if they sold things that wouldnt attract parents (who have the money) kids are highly unlikely to buy a game because us kids rarely have money. The government shouldnt be allowed to what video games we play, because people come from different backrounds. Some kids have parents that let them do whatever they want and others barely let them go outside of the house without adult supervision. So all in all the parent should decide the final decision not the child nor the government.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  397. Melissa

    I think that if kids want to have rated M video games, they can. But i also think that before they get the game, they need to ask their parents first. Our parents know what's best for us, not the government, and if they don't think we should play a certain game, we should listen to our parents!

    April 28, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  398. austin

    I think the parents should chose if you get to pick out the voloent . Why would the government care if you get what you get. We have the right to play the game we want only if our parents say.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  399. jimmy

    I hate that California will probably have game laws it’s bull crap that they will have that law I think that we should have no laws on videogames just let us go wild on it and take out are anger on the game and not in the real world kids need video games to entertain them when they are board or mad

    April 28, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  400. Jackson

    I think kids should be able to play what ever they want. The government shouldn’t be worrying about games. They should be worrying about the stupid recession, let game designers worry about the games.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  401. Hunter

    Kids should be able to get the games they want if they are old enough. But like a 7 yr. old cant go buy call of duty. Its called freedom of speech and able to get games that ok for them. But if 13 yr. old wants to get destroy al hunmans he can because its a apporite game is for they're age.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  402. jake

    I think that you should be able to get the g rated game with your parents permission. In Idaho you have to have some one older then 18 with you to get a g rated game. I think kid can buy a g rated games if they have a 3.0 grade so they know they there mature. They should not be able to say that we are to young for g games

    April 28, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  403. Rebecca

    It’s just my opinion, but most of the kids who purchase and play those ‘rated M for Mature’ games really think their mature, but if you ask someone else, they might disagree. It’s my thought that you are truly more mature as you age, but I think there should be an age limit on the games. I also think the parents of that child should be involving with making that decision, but many kids would not consult their parents, and many more parents don’t care. They feel that if you are old enough to make your own choices that you’ll always make the more correct one. This is not always so, and there are rules and laws in place and other adults to help people make correct choices. The gaming companies have games out that are rated ‘for Everyone 10 And up’, so why can’t they take the extra time, and make the ‘M’ rated games with a number just like all of the other ones?

    April 28, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  404. jake

    In my wordes i think that a chiled like 9 or under should not play these games. Although once a childe start hitting maturity then i think it should be up to a parent or garden if that childe can or not play that game. I do not think it should be up to the govverment or not. It should be up to the parent. And this is what i feel aboult the concept.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  405. Abbey

    What I think is that if you want to go and get a game that you should be aloud to. I think that our parents should be the ones choosing what games we play not the government. Our parents know what’s best for us. If they say that we can play that game we should be aloud to. One thing is, is that your parents need to be the ones with you to buy it and the ones saying that you can play. No matter what game it is. It’s your parents choice what you play or don’t play, and I don’t think that it should be the Governments choice.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  406. Madison

    Personally, i think it should be the parents decision on what video games there children play! Because parents know there children and can determine wether there mature enough to handle a mature game or not. It is really important because some parent's dont care what there kids play and alot do. So, if kids could just buy any video game without and adult they could be exposed to bad content, nudity , etc. And parents might never even know they have these kinds of games. So i think it is very important that parent have to have a say in what there kids play!

    April 28, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  407. Rodney

    I think tthat you should be able to purchase any video game with your parents consent. You shouldn’t have to have a parent with you when purchasing the game. If you break their rules than you will have to deal with them. It shouldn’t be a law that you have to be over 18 to by a m rated game.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  408. David

    I don't say I agree with the government but
    if parents do agree with it so should government.
    Most people don't even realize what they are actually
    buying and probally not even age appropiate.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  409. leland

    why do you need to do that because it is unfair to kids

    April 28, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  410. Aaron

    I think its just ignorance for California to censor the video games, your practically doing parenting for other people. Parents should be able to tell their kids what they should play or not.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  411. Alex

    I think it should be up to the parents to choose what the child is exsposed to and what he/she isn't exposed to

    April 28, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  412. Alexis

    I think the child's parents should choose if they are to young to play the game. Some kids will just think its like getting them ready to go fight in the war but for other kids they think it's funny to kill the people in the games and stuff like that.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  413. adam

    the parents should be allowed to chose the game their kids play and not the government if its rated M then yea leave it to the parents

    April 28, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  414. Jocelyn

    I think the age should be like 16ish or so and if someone younger wants to buy it they need a note from their parents saying that they can buy it.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  415. Max

    I think that the parents of the child should be the ones to determine whether or not they should play a certain game or not. They are the ones responsible for their child.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  416. Ben

    i think that kids should be able to choose what they play but that parents should make sure that they don't have excessively violent or adult themed games.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  417. Mikayla

    Parents! It's the parent's responsibility!

    April 28, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  418. Jocelyn

    I think the age you can buy M rated games should be like 16ish and if your younger than you should be able to buy it if you have a note from your parents.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  419. carlos

    I think that games that are violent shouldn't be sold to kids under 18 unless their parents are with them to see what they are buying. No one can really make the choice for the kids under 18 except the parents because they are the only one who know what the kids can handle and watch!!

    April 28, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  420. Jessica(:

    i agree with Deshaun, " The parents should be the judge of what the kids play,if the parents agree then the government should to. " because thats how I feel. My brother is 8 almost 9, and he's not allowed to play any games rated over "E for everyone" because thats how my parents feel. But some of his friends can play whatever they want and the parents don't care. So I think that the government should be okay with it, because it all depends on the household.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  421. rodney

    I think you should be able to play games that are rated M if your parents say you can

    April 28, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  422. Mason

    There are many different people or groups of people that could possibly be responsible for choosing a thing like this. The companies that make a games come up with the rating based on government policies. So both the companies and the government has a role in the decision. I can't say who SHOULD be making these ratings because I know that who ever rates the games will not be able to control who plays them. The only way to prevent kids from getting their hands on these games is to target parents. People's parents are the one that allow or don't allow them to play games based on the rating. I know kids don't pay attention to the rating, they need someone else to do so for them and governments and companies doing this wont work.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  423. Katelyn

    I think there is two sides to this. 1. parents should tell their kids what to play and what not to. It's there child so they should take care of them and be responsible and let them know what games are acceptable for them to play. 2. some parents could care less and just let their kids do whatever. There has to be some line of control.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  424. Derek

    I think all ages should be allowed to play video games that are violent some people find them fun, like me.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  425. Aiesha

    If California's government made it against the law to sell rated M games to minors, there will still be loopholes. Children can persuade their parents to buy the rated M video game for them and get around the law. If the parents think its ok for them to play they will buy it regardless of its rating. I think that parents are the ones who should choose what games are appropriate for their children, not the state government.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  426. Brook

    I think that parents that have a child younger than 18 that PLAYS video games should rate it, because if they don't want their child playing it i bet other parents dont want their kids playing it.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  427. Lu

    Parents should monitor video games kids play. Also, government show its responsibility for rating. This is because some parents may too busy to investigate every games his son or doughter play. With the games rating by authority, kids may notice what kind of games are suitable for them. In conclusion, rating and parents monitor are responsible for protecting kids. Those games companies only know how to make money by violence or sexual hint. Time to enforce Rating Law.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  428. Fin

    I think that those games are kinda dumb because all it is is a waist of time and i do think that it can be to violent for younger kids

    April 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  429. Steven

    If the kids are under the age of twelve i think parents should be the one who decides on what games to play and if they are older than twelve then they should be the one who decides on what to play

    April 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  430. Grady

    i think its crap that people think games, movies and song efect someones life when really a human is perfectly capable to make there own decisions on what they do and if it is right or wrong.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  431. Brandon

    I think the parents of kids under 18 should be the one responsible for the games their kids play.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  432. taylor

    i personally think the way the have video games is fine, it's not like kids are going out shooting people right? i think parents should have a say in what their kids play, so if they don't want them playing it, then fine. but if it's alright with the parents, let it be.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  433. Renee

    I think parents should be the ones who decide what games their children are or are not allowed to play. The government doesn't really have much say if a parent were to let a child under 18 play a game, made for someone 18+

    April 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  434. Isaiah

    I think that kids should be able to play whatever they want and the company that created the video game should rate it and the only one who should prevent the child from buying the game (If needed) is thier parents.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  435. tyler

    i think it should be u to the kids parents what the kids can play or not. Its really not anyone eases business. Cause if the game is to violent, then the parents can just take it away or what ever.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  436. bethany

    i think the parents have a huge part in this because parents shouldn't be letting their kids be playing "M" rated video games! and they should only sell those games to kids ages 16 and up.so i think it is right for cal. to be making sure they don't sell these games to kids under 18!!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  437. Phil

    I think that there should be some restrictions on video games but not to the age of 18, or parents should choose what the kids can play

    April 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  438. matt

    people are going to far with game rateing laws it shuld be up to the parents to decide the games kids can and cant play but kids shuld be tought that games are games not real lliefe so dont jump off builinds ect.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  439. Austin

    I think that games should be rated. I also think that the kids parent should be the person to choose if they want there kid to play a game. Because most likely they are buying it and also they are their guardian.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  440. bri(:

    I think that the parents should be the ones that decide if there children should be allowed or not be allowed to play mature games.i think what the state thinksis ok by a short hair ,there are some children that cant handle games of that rateing.
    anyways its up to the parents not the state, they don’t know every childs matureity level……

    April 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  441. momma

    I think it should be up to a child’s guardian to choose which video games they can and can’t play. After all, parents know best. A guardian should have the right to decide whether or not they think their child is at the maturity level to handle a violent video game. It just doesn’t seem fair to some kids if violent video games are illegal for minors to purchase.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  442. jake

    I think that our parents should decide because the state can’t control what games we play. It is a dumb idea and I think that it should not be done. It would stop the freedom of speech thing.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  443. yellowbanana

    I think that parents should choose. They know their child the best, at least, they should, so they no what is appropriate for them. I’m sure if you asked the kids it would be completely different. If the game store and game makers had the choice they wouldn’t have ratings at all.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  444. Jeremy

    I think that kids’ parents should choose what rating games are and which ones we should get. I think that they should decide if we can get “M” for mature. I don’t think the government should decide. That is why I think parents should choose which ratings we should have.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  445. jake

    I think the parents should be responsible for choosing what video games there kids should play. I think that because the kids might be to young to play that game. Maybe the kids would grow up and start doing the things that are in the video games.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  446. braden

    i think the parents should be responsible for choosing the video games their kids play. i also think that if you were under 18 and buying a rated M game that you should be able to buy it if you were with your parents. and i dont think the government should care what games kids are playing.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  447. hayley

    I think parents should choose what games thir kids play. I know that many people think that the government should choose, but I think it wouldn't be fair if a a parent says their kid is allowed to play a mature rated game. The goverment is not the parent of thier kids. If they were we would not be a free country, we would be just like china.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  448. Charlie

    I believe that it wouldn’t make that much of a difference. It would be pretty much the same as it is now. It just enforces us to ask our parents to buy it for us. It’s just one more person to ask, it’s not like the government can watch us as we play these games. It’s those who choose to act violent or use that sort of language, it’s not everyone so why bother changing it if it won’t make a difference. I would say, don’t bother it’s not that big of a deal.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  449. Ekpe

    I think that my parents should allow me to get certain games or to not let me get a game. If they think it is okay for me to get one then I can get it. I don’t think that state should tell me what game I can or cannot get.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  450. Shiann

    The person that should be responsible for the video games that kids play should be the actual parent or guardian of that child. If the parent suspects that the violence that goes on with there child is because of that certain video game, they should take it away. But if the video games is only played a certain amount of time a day and there child is not in any trouble ever because of the violence then I think it would be okay for kids under 18 to play the video game Rated M for mature. There are many kids that are under 18 that are mature enough to not let a video game affect there reality life.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  451. Paulina

    From the time you are born, your parents decide what you eat, are exposed to, what your watch on TV, ect. There should be no difference in what video games you play. I think it should be your parent’s decision what you can and cannot play.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  452. Kacie

    I think the parents should choose what kinds of games their kids play. If they don’t mind that it’s violent then they can get it for their kids. Parents should approve of what game their kids play.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  453. bri(:

    i think that the goverment is silly.If ur parents buy you the game them the goverment shouldnt worry about it. if its such a big deal to the the goverment ,then they should make a law that you have to be with a parent or guardian to buy a rated m game.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  454. Madi

    I think that your legal guardian should make that decision. Sure the government could go and do that but, kids will just find a way around it. They might get somebody 18 or older to buy it for them. There really isn’t a way to stop it so I think you should keep it in the hands of the child’s parent or legal guardian.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  455. Beth

    I think that the parents should be the ones to decide what games there kids play. Some parents don’t mind violence on a video game and some parents do. Why do you have to be 18 to get a game? That's like what the do with drugs. The government shouldn’t stick its nose where it doesn’t belong.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  456. Caitlin

    I think that parents are the only ones that should have the right to make the decision on whether or not they want their kids playing rated M, or extra violent video games. It’s up to them to decide because it’s their children and they each have a different way of raising their children some could let them do whatever and some could be really strict. Plus at the very least they shouldn’t say no one under 18 can buy they should at least say that if you are under 18 you need a parent present to purchase the game like it is with movies.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  457. Jordan

    I believe that parents should choose what games are ok. I agree with the ESRG or whatever it is but Call of Duty is a great game series, and I play it almost every day. It’s not like we haven’t heard cursing words before, and I don’t even feel comfortable saying those words at the age of 14. What’s so bad about blood anyway, and everybody fights.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  458. kendyll

    i think that it should not matter what kind of games kids play even if they are violent,because kids should be able to pick what they want to play because they see worse and more violent things on t.v,if you are going to say that kids under eighteen cant buy violent video game sthen you should make it so they cant watch t.v either.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  459. shayne

    I think we should be able to make that decision, not our parents. If we want to blow someone’s head off and steal a car to get away from the cops, we should be able to make that decision. I don’t think there should be ratings. My mom said it will desensitize me and I could end up doing that stuff when i get older. i think that is a bunch of bull crap, if I’m not playing it at my house, I’m just going you play it at my friends

    April 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  460. Zach

    I say no to this stupid law or whatever it is. You should make a law for the adults because it is up to them to choose the right game for the kids. Some of the kids look up to you. You need to put your foot down and tell them what game they can get.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  461. jessie

    I think that the parents should be in charge of what the kids play. Each person has their own ways of teaching their own kids. The government shouldn’t be making rules about stuff that small because it’s a free country and parents have their own way of raising their kids. If the government is in charge of something that small then it’s like controlling who you are. All people are different and have their own opinion on everything especially little video games.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  462. mr white

    It all depends on there parents . If the parents say its ok it should be allright to play certin videogames, but not ones that are to violent. plus the goverment should not have a say in what kind of games kids are playing.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  463. Gabe

    I think that there should be no specific age rating for video games.
    Its not like your going to magically be mature enough to play rated M games when you turn 17, i know several 12-14 year oldsthat are more mature than most 17 year olds. it is simply not fair that games should be rated to certain ages, it should be up to the parents. i am not saying that it should be o.k for 8 yr olds to play grand thefth auto & other equally violent games im am simply saying that california is blowing this way out of proportion.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  464. gabby

    the goverment should not be responsible for our games it is use we should be able to thought to not be addicted to the games!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  465. grace

    parents should be responsible just in case

    April 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  466. d

    I think if u have the money to buy it, and ur parents allow you to play them you should be able to buy them!

    April 28, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  467. samantha

    if the parent doesen't like the game choice than the kid's parents should tell them and return it. the cashier shouldn't be the boss of the kid.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  468. Josh

    I think the people who make the video games should be responsible for the video games

    April 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  469. aisha

    i think that video games are not good for your brain.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  470. Mike

    I think that banning 17 year old games and up is a bad idea because some kids in California really enjoy those games and might get sad about it.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  471. Emily

    Parents should choose how mature their kids are, and what games they can play. Parents could buy their children rated M games, so it would be just as easy as the kid to go buy it themselfs.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  472. Kev!n

    Why not just leave everything as it is? There's no problem with kids themselves choosing what game they want to play. But if it would be someone's responsibility to choose what games kids should or should not play, it would be their parents. Because parents have the full responsibility on raising their kid, including what they allow to go into their kids minds.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  473. Marco

    I think that california is doing the right thing making a law to not sell rated "M for mature" to children under the age of 18 because most of those games are pretty violent, but thier parents can still buy those games for thier children if they want to.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  474. Brian

    The parent should be the deciding factor in whether a younger child should play a game Rated M or not. In my opinion Only people who are deemed mature enough to play these games, should be allowed to play them.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  475. mike

    they have a rating scale for a reason and its being used and you cant stop a parent from buying kids the games they want either so itsd not gunna help if you make a law saying you cant

    April 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  476. Sara

    I think people under 18 shouldn't play violent video games because I think that is could possibly lead to those children being more violent when they grow up. I think violent video games also teach kids that violence is funny, I always see little kids laughing when they kill some guy on a video game and that isn't right. Violent video games are harming our society not making it better. I think that mature video games are pointless and I think by the time you are old enough to buy a mature one you are too old to even be wanting to play video games.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  477. Cassi

    I don't think it's fair that the government would start a debate about
    something like that. The last time I checked, the U.S. was FREE to do what they wanted (if it's leagal). The government has nothing to do
    with that. My opinion is that parents have control. If they approve,
    their kids can play that certain video game.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  478. Candace

    parents are responsible for what their kids play, and it should be up to them if they're okay with their children playing violent games or not. what one parent finds violent another may not.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  479. Harrison

    The law is pointless. Parents should be watching what their kids play anyway, not the government. A parent can always look what the game is rated and decide if their kid can buy it, no big deal.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  480. Alex

    I think violent video games have both good and bad aspects. They do, in a way, promote violence, and certainly are extremely violent in some cases. But they are also positive because they can provide an outlet for aggression and violent actions that would have been preformed out on the street. They can help prevent street violence.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  481. Macy

    I think they should leave the games alone! I think if the kids have M rated games the parents should know. And allowed them to have them. I think thats unfair because some games are not rated accuaratly because some are not bad at all and are rated M. So now I have to be 18 to rent a M rated game. I don't play many video games but my brother does and he has 1 M rated game and it's his favorite!!! Leave one thing alone, that kids have fun with!

    April 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  482. Gap

    Parents should decide what video games their kids play since they're the ones who pay for them.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  483. Colin

    I think kids should be able to pick the game and then their parents should decide if the should be able to play or buy no the government that's taking away freedom of speech.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  484. santos

    i thank that if you came with your own money you should by any thing u want

    April 28, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  485. Dakota

    I think its unfair that people Under 18 are band from rated M games because you may be good at games and now we cant play games we may be good at.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  486. Kieran

    I don't think that the law should pass. I think that parents can control what video games you buy and don't buy.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  487. tyler

    i think people should stop playing violence games because it as bad for them

    April 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  488. oakley

    i think it is oaky to play bad games but should be at least a teen or they might want to do that to someone else in real life an it might hurt them

    April 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  489. tezmariah

    i think that the parents should choose whether or not their children get to play violent video games or anything like that.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  490. oakley

    i think it is bad to play bad games

    April 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  491. Jeaneese

    Well I have an idea. How about we STOP making such bad games. They are bad examples, and can lead to increased violence later on. And people think it's okay! It's not, never has been, and never should be.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  492. Hyun

    I think parents should be responsible to choose video games for their children. It's because they know their children better than anyone else.
    They can consider how their children have been grown up mentally.
    So when they give their children video games, they can choose what games would fit to the children.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  493. Josh

    I think we should let kids play whatever they want to play. Because most of the money from the games come from kids, so less kids who play it, less money the game company will get.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  494. Noah

    Yes the rating discussion can be a problem even though I am a person that plays violent games. But, this law can not be passed even though Im not a california citizen. Since it may violate free speech law its might lead to protesters and more violence.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  495. Hayden

    I agree with this law, some video games are very explicit and I dont think that young children should watch this violence

    April 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
  496. Josh

    I think we should just leave it up to the kids, because it's a great time to kill time and if this rule happens the game companies will start getting less money because the kids (and teens) are their main customers.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:02 pm |
  497. Adlin

    I think this whole deal is crazy, people won't care either way, to kids if it boils down to it they'll just have their parents buy them, which usually don't care either way.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
  498. Shedlin

    "Really" , children are still going to get the game whether they like it or not. Thats why they call them parents.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm |
  499. JB

    Even though the game is rated M, kids can still get it by older friends or family members, not necessarily their parents. I think the government should leave this alone because it's our right to play and watch and listen to what we want, even if some people think they are bad. Parents should stick to controlling their kids and California should stick to controlling California.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
  500. Linda

    There is so much violence these days!!! I say we should end the violent games and STOP the violence!!!! Kids and teens start to believe that it's okay to hurt someone in real life just because they did it in a violent game.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:16 pm |
  501. Brevin

    you know about this video game thing i dont think it should pass!!!! i think you should have the powerto pick what you want to play. if our parents say we can play it than why cant we.

    personally i dont think it is fair to people who like those kinds of games.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm |
  502. Ken

    I believe that violence in games, rated M for mature, are things that influence the player too. Though it might have went a little to far with that because I think that violence can only be adopted into the characteristics of the person if the person was already somewhat violent. I think they should make it legal for kids under age to play with maybe restrictions, like adding an option in the game to censor the swearing and etc. or maybe to restrict them from getting way into the game; not to allow them to play too much. The main point I'm trying to get at, is that I believe the games do not influence the person as a whole, as they make their own decisions. They themselves should take responsibility and their parents should.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm |
  503. Lydia

    First of all i would like to say that we shouldnt even be selling these games because they can lead to violence and even other bad stuff. Just because a 18 year old buys it doesnt mean that maybe his/her little sister/brother might get influenced by it.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  504. Shane

    its bad because it can influence young kids to be agressive, mean and violent. but for some kids its fun.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  505. Courtney

    Video games is a way for creators to express themselves. Making a law against others under eighteen to get the games is just another way for people under eighteen to not enjoy things. The rated M can only be bought by kids under 18 if the parents are with them. the government would be telling parents how to raise there kids which is wrong how will anyone learn. Video games today who knows movies tomorow.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:16 pm |
  506. Seonghyun

    Since people under 17 can't buy mature games, why don't the parents decide on whether to buy the game or not? I mean, parents are the ones who are actually buying those M-rated games.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  507. Sam

    I believe that the companies should stop making the ratings. The parents should make the choice of the games their kids play. There are plenty of young kids playing games like Modern Warfare. Who bought the games? The parents. In the end its all really up to the parents. So why not make it that way to start off with?

    April 28, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
  508. Kayla

    The government shouldn't be allowed to censor children's video games. I believe it's an invasion of privacy. It is your own business what video games you play.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  509. Judy

    I think parents AND video game companys should be responsible.
    because, well, companys MAKE the bad video games, but parent's BUY them or APPROVE of them. Some parents know that their kids are playing M rated video games, but leave them alone, because they think they're throwing out money, trust their kids, etc.etc. So MY idea is to make this law: make few or no M video games, or forbid children to buy those video games, like you don't allow children to buy cigar.
    And parents should be aware of the effects that come with M rated video games.
    So why not try my idea?

    April 29, 2010 at 2:29 am |
  510. paige

    it makes sense that they are baning them because people want to kill other people everyday so i think they need to be banned everywhere no matter the age kids can stiil watch it or play it so....

    April 29, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  511. Will

    I think it is up to the parents to decide what should their kid be playing.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:05 am |
  512. brandon

    nooooooooo i think they should not do that because kids cant buy them only adults can so if they let their kids play m games they should be aloud to

    April 29, 2010 at 9:05 am |
  513. Sam

    I think that the person how is in the store with the child should be the one who choses wahat game the kid can or can't get. I would have so wait to be 18 to get some of my FAVORITE GAMES. Most of the kids in my school are MW2 addicts and if they would have to wait tto be 18 i think they would flip out.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  514. Austin

    I think it should be the parents choice what games the kids get kids. Most of my games are M rated and there the only good ones the game market would drop bad and most of my friends are MW2 fans and thats M and may be the best game ever

    April 29, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  515. Ian

    I think M-Games should be aloud of not over 18 because most M-Games are fun but they are bad, I am not saying non M-Games are not fun just not as fun.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  516. Mike

    Kids should not be allowed to play rated M games if they are not old enough. Therefore, it is the kid's responsibility to know whether it is a game they should be playing, however the parent should not let them either. I have a bunch of kids at my school who are 11-12 years old who are obsessed with Modern Warfare 2, and it is really life-consuming. All they talk about are guns and how they kill people and it isn't right.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  517. Jordyn

    I think as long as your parents don't care, you should be able to play what ever video game you like.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  518. Kyle

    I dont think that we should worry about any kinds of videos we watch or play because we are all growing up and everything so let us explore the world and everything because somewhere along the line we are going to have to find out on our own So I believe videos games do have a right for free speech

    April 29, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  519. Noe

    I believe that parents could watch their kids play certain video games, I mean some of the M-rated games are not as bad as they appear to be and the parents should be responcible on whether their kid is mature or not. I know my sister is really mature for her age while, while my friend who is already 18 still behaves like a 10 year old, so I believe it depends on the maturity level of the kids.

    April 29, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  520. Victor

    I think kids should pick their own video games to play. There should be ratings for only the very violent video games!

    April 29, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  521. bobby

    parents should just say NO!! to thouse games

    April 29, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  522. Shannon.

    I think that parents should control what games you can and can't play. They are the ones in charge of you. So it seems right that it would be up to them.

    April 29, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  523. Shaneda

    I believe that the parents should be the ones to choose which games their kids can play and can not play. But if they are truly over violent that yes they should not be sold to YOUNG kids....Such as kids from 13 and younger...

    April 29, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  524. Ethan

    I think the parents should chose whether or not a kid is aloud to play a game.

    April 29, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  525. MeKaila

    Kids will still end up with the game, the only diffrence will be a parent will have to be with them when they buy it. So why go through the extra trouble?

    April 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  526. matthew

    I dont think anyone should be able to tell us what type of video games to play unless that person is uor parents.Video game makers make theses games for our entertainment not to sell anyone over 18 violent killingt games and the people under 18 get educational games it would not be fair at all.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  527. Organa

    I was at Blockbuster renting a movie and I asked the clerk if she heard about this. She says she only heard a tadbit of it. I would say that California should check for ID, not just ban selling/renting M-rated games to people under 18 years of age. I think the governer should just do that instead, because where I'm at, Blockbuster checks for an ID before the person can rent/buy the M-rated game.

    So, in a way, I think they should do what they are doing in California.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  528. tommy

    i think if your parents allow it, you should be allowed to get any game that you want.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  529. ;Dylan

    Bad language or violence is not something games should be banned for. I mean there are games about racing but nobody worries there child will go out and steal a racecar, so why make a fus over violence games?

    April 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  530. Mitch

    I think the ones buying the games should be the one to rate the games because only they know what they should be playing.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  531. Calli

    I think what they are doing is dumb. It should be up to the guardians of the kid if he/she can buy an explicit video game. Now if they are ten and buy mature video games I think that is bad but teenagers should be able to.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  532. KYLE

    Parents should be able to choose if the kids are ready for the game. If they arent mature enough to play it the parents shouldnt buy them for the kid.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  533. Leanne

    The parents should be able to say what their kids can and can not play. But the parents should also be more aware about how violent the games are and what their kids are actually playing. If anything, kids should not be able to buy video games on their own that are rated M, but they should have to have a parent be with them and sign a slip saying that it is 'OK' for their kids to buy this video game.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  534. Michael

    I think it is a good law because younger kids should not be playing rated M games.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  535. troy

    i thnk its a good choice because kids shouldnt look at bad stuff.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  536. Beeter

    I think its stupid that they think that itll actually make a difference in crime rates and everything. No music or game or music out there influences people to go crazy by themselves, if anyone every went crazy from it it was a long problem

    April 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  537. kvaal

    I think the parents should be able to choose what games they want their children to play.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  538. Joseph

    I think in the long run... It's up to the parent's to decide what their children have access to.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  539. Ash

    I think it should be a parental decision. The government shouldn't have anything to do with it. It's not there choice what kids should do like I play "bad" video games and it's all good so ya.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  540. Brittani

    I think parents should get to choose. I mean they are their kids its their choice on how they raise them, they want them to have something then they will let them have it, because honestly would you want someone sitting there telling you how you can and should raise yours kids, and what they can/can't and should/shouldn't have its like basically having a dictator which isn't cool. It wouldn't make me very happy, but I guess that's just my opinion.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  541. Chris

    Honestly, I can see points in both sides of the argument. Children are easily impressionable when they're playing very violent video games at young ages. This can lead to a child being violent him/herself. At the same time, if a parent is going to buy the game for their child, knowing it's of a violent nature and knowing that it's rated M for mature audiences, I don't believe the state of California, nor any other state, has the right to tell people that they cannot play video games until their eighteen.

    April 29, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  542. Jay

    I think we shouldn't have violence games for people under 18, they distract there school problems, and distract their own grades in school, I also think it would distract their brains also from getting to violence and wanting to start and never end.

    April 29, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  543. Bobby

    Im 12 and I play this one t for teen game and it isnt violent.

    April 29, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  544. michael

    saying that kids under 18 shouldnt be allowed to play violent video games is like telling them not to watch tv or go outside: they will be exposed to everything eventually. get it out of their system early.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  545. Allysa

    I think it all depends on how mature kids under 18 are about video games, it's not like they are going to do the same thing that the game does. The parents aren't responsible the company who made it is.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  546. Pablo

    I think the parents are the most responsible. The government shouldn't be censoring these games, because that could affect the economy, and its not them that has a say in what children do in their daily lives. Either the parents limit these games to their children to protect them, or let the kids play what they want and not care.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  547. Sarah

    I think parents should be responsible of choosing their childs/childrens games. Also, I think that people who make games shouldn't be making bad games!!! It make the youth/ under aged kids addicted to video games.

    April 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  548. Sarah

    ...i have a great idea!! Parents should make deals with their kids AFTER they do their homework they can play PPROPRIATE video games NOT bad ones. And i tink parents are responsible for choosing their child's video games not anyone else........ 😀

    April 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  549. Sierra

    That is not fair! well it kind of is.... A lot kids have been ignoring the rating sign, i now i do! I don't really care what the game is rated cause i'll play ot any way! They should make it bigger or at least have parents sign a contract saying that they agree to let their child/teen play the game if it is rated e10+

    April 29, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  550. Dakota

    Who cares what Calfornia govener "Arnold Schwarzenegger" says i should be able to buy whatever game i want with my MONEY! I really don't care what the rating is! I should be able to play whatever game i want to play, because my parents don't care what kind of game iplay or what is rated.

    April 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  551. RJ

    I think that it is a good idea to make it illegal for children under 18 to buy rated m games because it influences violins and crimes. if the law passes for children under 18 unable to buy rated m games it will cut down on violets and crimes committed by miners

    April 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  552. Lily

    I think it should be the decision of the parent(of the child) what games are appropriate for their child. As for the banning of games, that is a violation of freedom of speech nad in turn going to make kids fight harder to get what they want and in turn, breaking the law.

    April 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  553. Bryan

    Kids should pick the game and then its up to the parents to decide if its to violent of not.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  554. carrson

    i think parents should let kids play whatever video game they want

    April 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  555. Erica

    I agree with the government, once kids younger than 18 start to play those games more and more they start to think that it is ok to do some of the things that are done in that game. Like, mudur and under age drinking.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  556. Karra

    I believe that if a parent says "ok" to the game then the child should be able to play it. A lot of the violent games are based on real things that have happened, like war or grand theft.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  557. Jim

    I think that someone's legal guardian should decide what video games the child can play. Even if this becomes law, someone can still buy the games for them if they think they should be allowed.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
  558. megan

    i think that if a 7 year old kid wants to by a rated m game he should. honestly i dont think that anyone will go out and shoot someones head off

    April 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  559. Tyler

    They can pass it if they want to, but that is not going to stop kids from getting games they should not play.

    April 30, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  560. Luke

    I play smackdown vs raw 06,07,08 and my parents let me play them.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  561. tickle

    I think it should be up to parents. Lots of people have rated M video games and it hasn't affected violence in their life. For instance call of duty modern warfare 2 is rated m and does that make anyone want go ou with an intervention and physically hurt someone no it doesnt.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  562. redmist

    Woah Woah Woah telling a kid he or she cant pplay a certain videogame is wrong. Also have you noticed that kids usually play video games. Adults and really big teens think its lame, so certain videogame makers or owners for rated mature video games will loose buissness or money and now you have another problem OHNO!

    April 30, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  563. dylan

    i think if the parents want to buy the game for them they can the goverment do not own the kids parents do and they can do what ever they want with the kids

    April 30, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  564. koty

    i think both the parents and the kids should be responsible for choosing their game, but NOT the government. its, in a way, sort of private to see what games you play.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  565. Christopher

    i think what the parents let us play

    April 30, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  566. Marjanna

    I think that California, along with all the other states, should make it illegal for a kid under 18 to but an m rated video game. Anything rated m is obviously too inappropriate for kids. Children shouldn't be exposed to mature things like violence, guns, and bloody games. It would prevent kids from being influenced by inappropriate things.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  567. Quinton

    I think the parents should choose what food the kids eat. If the parents will allow the kids to eat the food, the state should not say they can’t. Although the food maybe very bad for you, if the parents will let the kids eat it, the kids should be allowed to eat it.

    April 30, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  568. chris

    if the parents dont like it then they shouldnt buy the games,the games do tell the parents that there is violence in the game and if the parents come in and look at what their kids are playing and then they have a complaint about it they take it to the video game industry but the blame is on them, my mom never let me have a M rated game until she thought that i was mature enough to play the game, even when i was a little kid she let me play Mortal Kombat and i turned out fine

    April 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  569. Ty-riq

    I think us kids should have freedom of choice to pick any game even if it's rated m.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  570. Tyler

    I strongly fell that if we ban some video games until kids are 18 then the goverment could also lose money. I think this because most kids dont like the "E" for everyone games because they like to have a real story to the game and many twists. So if they ban games for kids under 18 they would lose money.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  571. Shahina

    Rated 'M' games are rated 'M' for a reason. Rated 'M' games have more violence and immoral things than games that are rated 'T'. It's the parents job to keep their children safe and the parents are responsible for their children and by letting their children buy games that are rated 'M', the parents ARE NOT following their responsibility and their job. Rated 'M' games are bad for the mind and spirit. Violence deforms the mind and makes the spirit not feel any feeling towards the good things and bad things... Do you want your brain deformed because you were playing violent video games? Also, where in the Constitution does it say that not selling rated 'M' video games to people under the age of 18 is limiting our freedom of speech? When the Constitution was written, the meaning of freedom of speech was to say, print or publish whatever we wanted to; it did not apply to video games. I'm not allowed to play rated 'M' games but you don't see me whining about it.

    April 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  572. A.J

    I think it is appropriate and accessible that there is a law against children under 18 purchasing violent games. I think so because, this would prevent kids from playing games that they know are wrong and against the teachings of their gardians. Also it prevents kids from wanting to express the violence of the game towards other innocent kids.

    April 30, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  573. Lilly

    I think that parents need to decide on this, not the government. The government is like some big giant blanket trying to shelter us from everything bad. This becomes an issue, because parents need to play a role in their child's lives.

    April 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  574. Jaklyn

    Parents should moderate the games that are played. If it says "M" then say no to that game. Kids should also know what is and isn't appropriate. Just because every other kid is playing Halo doesn't mean that it is right for the child.

    April 30, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  575. Anne

    Most definitely parents. Kids sometimes don't know what's good for them. Parents do. They enforce the children to eat healthier, but the government has nothing to do with what the kids eat.

    April 30, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
  576. makenzie

    i think that the parents should be responsible for it BUT they should have parental control locks so that IF the parents did buy it they could block the sex and violence parts.

    April 30, 2010 at 8:14 pm |
  577. Tahlia

    I Believe That It Is The Parent's Responibility For What The Kids Are Playing, Watching And Listening To.

    April 30, 2010 at 8:47 pm |
  578. Poppie

    If the parents are ok with their child playing that kind of video game then then should be able to get it, i know i would be upset if you had to be 18 and older.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:31 pm |
  579. Rebecca

    I think that kids should choose whatever video game they want but not games that are not for them.

    May 1, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  580. Daisy

    I think that video games are for kids soo if wouldnt make much since if they try to take it away from us

    May 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  581. Adi

    I don't play video games too often and not any game that is rated M so this law doesn't really effect me. But, I think that the people who rate the games should really pay more attention to the games. I have a neighbor who is 9 years old and play Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2 (A M game) and he says that it isn't that bad. I have seen the game before and all it is really is that you are some person shooting enemies. Yes, there may be some blood and some swearing but think about it. The blood in the game is much less realistic than real blood so if you restrict because of this reason, people under the age of 18 shouldn't see their own blood. The swearing might also be a problem but players can just lower the volume of the game.

    May 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  582. Trevor

    Many parents are concious on what video games their children play (Including Mine). I feel that the government has no reason to be watching what video games we play. Parents should be watching out for us

    May 2, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  583. Brandon

    I think that it is up too parents to decide what kids want to play.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  584. Nate

    I don't think it matters if they make it so you have to be 18 to buy M rated games because kids will still get people to buy the games for them .

    May 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  585. Beosker

    I have played many violent games in my life and I have not ever thought of repeating them and kids can always get there parents to buy it for them.

    May 2, 2010 at 9:00 pm |
  586. Tristan

    Kids "will" get there hands on M rated games they can, from there parents, older bothers/sisters, or even illegally!! Banning the games for 17 and under will not make a big difference. Also kids may already have M rated games. Perents should do is buy games that have the downloadable "Clean" content.

    May 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
  587. avery

    I don't know what they should do, I mean it is not right to ban certain games because they are to violent, but there should still be something that could limit them.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  588. Ethan

    Parents should chose. Not goverment. Parents allow some kids to play those rated m games

    May 3, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  589. Fritz

    I think that parents should be able to chose whether kids should be able to play games that are (M). Why should the government decide what the kids can play or not?

    May 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  590. Melvin

    I think parents should control what their kids watch.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  591. Cally

    A lot of people in my class will probably hate me for this but I think kids under the age of 18 shouldn't be aloud to play video games with SOOOO much violence. 😛

    May 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  592. Cameron

    I don't think they should sell kids under 18 because if the game has bad language then the kids might start saying bad language.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  593. Elizabeth

    Only the parents should be in charge of what their kids play. If parents want to choose to spend the money to buy an X BOX or PlayStation, they should also choose what gets played on those gaming systems.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  594. Cameron

    M rated games are fun to play. Parents should approve before buying a M rated game for their child. Under 18 year olds shouldn't be able to buy M rated games.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  595. mercedes

    i think mr.Grossman is the best s.studies teacher because i have learned alot from him and he has tought me alot of things to know about s.studies.I think he is one of the best s.studies teacher i have ever had and if any thing i think every one on team 7B should think of him as a teacher who appreciates his students.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  596. Chloe

    This is a great idea because when you go to a rater R movie they ask for ID this is no different. This may even help other things like crime rate and teen pregnancy. Mabe even childhood obesity because it will cause may cause people to have nothing else to do but go outside. And in today's society people NEED more exersize.

    May 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  597. Jamie

    I think it would depend on the game because some M rated games are violent and can cause children under the age of 18 to do bad things but some rated M games aren't as bad as people think and in some cases if you don't have that certain game you could feel left out.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:37 pm |
  598. Jamie

    Parents should be in charge in what games you buy but in some cases parents might see a M rated game and refuse to buy it because of its rating. The kid could feel like an outcast though because in some cases many kids have a certain game and not being allowed to even play it could make you feel left out.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
  599. Jamie

    In most cases i do think that the parent should be allowed to chose what rateing kids buy, but if M rated games make kids do bad things, than why are there adults out there comiting crimes every day, the same people who are old enough to play M. Just because you are old enough to play a M game doesn't mean you are mature enough.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:49 pm |
  600. Patrick

    I think the rating system is a good one beacuse some parents don't have the time to check out what their kids play.

    May 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  601. Pat

    I think that the parents should decide games when it comes to rated M for mature. Teenagers should be able to choose the games they play under the rating M.

    May 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  602. Torii

    I personally do not play video games and would not be offended if anything happened to video games. I think that they should censor video games and keep the ratings how they are. I would also like them to make the law for "M" for mature to be over 18 to purchase, and maybe guys will get off their butts and get outside for once.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  603. Kayla

    Parents should pay attention to what video games their children are watching and know that they could cause them to act differently.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  604. Makayla

    Ms. Noyce you rock! She helped me to do better in science. I love you Ms. Noyce!:)

    May 5, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  605. Dominck

    The games mite be violent but we dont do this stuff in real life it is fun. I like to do stuff i cant do in real life.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  606. ally

    i think it's the kids choice because who knows what they would be buying it for. Also, i think we should be able to make our own choices.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  607. Jacob

    NO NO NO! Some people will want to join the navy and want to see what it`s like so they go for the war games.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  608. annie

    i think kids should be aloud to choose what video games the should play because they didn't have this rule when he was a kid.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:36 pm |
  609. Jorden

    I think the kid's parent should control what video games they play because kids don't really know what they need.

    May 6, 2010 at 2:30 am |
  610. Cameron

    The Parents should be able to decide if they want their kids to play mature games. If the government doesnt allow kids to play mature games, then everyone will think the government is trying to control him.

    May 6, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  611. Justin

    I think it's stupid. A 6 year old can hand his father a rated M game and if the father is irresponsible, he will buy it. so it really is not solving anything.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  612. Ethan

    I say us kids choose.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  613. mark

    i feel it should be up to the parent, once again another example of the government trying to censor everything and take away our freedom to choose what we want our kids to eat, see, hear etc.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  614. Lindsey

    I think if a teenager like fourteen or older can decide if they want to play a violent game or not. Kids younger than that, however, should probably get a parent's permission before buying it. I don't consider that censoring the game, just the child.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  615. Jillian

    I agree with California, kids these days are so violent when it comes to video games. They see the crimes and gore on the video games and it could possibly make them want to try it in real life.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  616. Melissa

    I believe that the parents should monitor what games their children watch. They are the ones who will have to buy the games so it is their decision weather to buy the games or not. It shouldn't be the store's responsibility to monitor what other people's children are playing or watching. The games may be violent but if the kids never see "fake" violence, they will never know what to do in a real life violent situation.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  617. Rachel

    I think if the child is of a certain age they should be able to choose what game they want to play. Children watch gore on scary movies all the time. If their parents don't mind I don't think it should matter what age they are.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  618. Bethany

    Of course parents should be responsible for deciding what games their children can and cannot play, but not all parents are aware of what their kids are playing. I think it's a good idea to rate games and just like movies are, if the game is rated for mature, then only the mature should be able to buy it.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  619. Cody

    I think that no one but the parents of the kids should be able to say what video games they play, what movie they watch, or whatever else. I dont think that the government should be able to make the decision or even the kid's teacher. The parents should have the final say in anything to do with their child.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  620. John

    the people should be the boss of that is the pearents. they should choose what kind of games kids play because the kids might end up doing something bad if they play "rating M for mature" it says in the rating that only mature kids should play thoose games. mature people are from the ages 17 and up. so i agree with California about censoring the mature games so that only 17 years old and adults could buy the games that are rated mature.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  621. Megan

    Rating the games is necessary. Otherwise, people wouldn't know what they're buying. I think some kind of age requirement would be good, violence isn't the most important lesson for youth to learn. Most kids get money from their parents anyway, and parents should pay attention to what their kids buy.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  622. wesley

    i dont think that video games r bad for kids at all i think it gives them a way to get tyhere frustration out rather then doing somethin crazy. i see more kids getting into trouble for fighting then kids getting into trouble for playing video games

    May 6, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  623. adam

    the parents are responsible for nearly everything their child does. so if the kid buys a violent video that causes them to go out and kill people the parents should have not let them buy the game. but on the other hand kids need to stop doing stupid stuff.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  624. Batman

    Video games can be dangerous, but i do not take them seriously. they don't impact my choices in life!

    May 6, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  625. molly

    I think they should not sell violent toys to kids under 18 years old. Kids will get bad idaes. they will do things they think of even though they are violent are dangerous.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  626. kate

    i belive that video games effect the kids attitude and i think that the government should do something about it because these kids grow up to be voilent adults.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  627. Taylor

    I think what California is doing is a good idea. Sure it's usually the parents decision on what video games their kids can and can't play, but what if the parents don't know that their kid has the video game? Making certain violent video games illegal for kids under 18 would ensure that no kids have the game(s) that their parents don't want them having.

    May 6, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  628. mvdav

    I believe it is the person who is buying the game gets to do what they want. THIS SHOULD NOT BE THE GOVENMENT'S DECISION ON WHAT PEOPLE CAN AND CAN'T PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2010 at 9:07 pm |
  629. Brianna

    I think this is pointless. An older child would know that violence and other things are not what they should be doing if they were taught that. My brother is 15 now and he has been played all sorts of video games...and he's still a down to Earth guy. He hasn't wanted to be violent. I think it's pointless and if the parents have a problem...don't let your kids play. Simple as that. Those who don't mind, that is their choice and no one else.

    May 7, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  630. Michelle

    The Parents. Honestly, why is this such a big of a deal? Games are games.

    May 7, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  631. Roman

    I think that the parents should be able to pick what game their child playes, not the government, if the government did this then there would be no choice for the everyday person to think about.Also games are meant for kids that is why they make them you dont see alotof adults sitting around playin an x-box all day. Do u?

    May 7, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  632. Austin

    Kids should have to have a parent or gaurdian with them to see what kind of violence and language is in the game.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  633. monica

    i think they should keep it for 18 and up because if they really want it they should have to ask there parents. then that would make them have to because the parents would have to buy it for them.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  634. Ethan

    I think than the rating you can play up to depends on you. If you are seven or eight and play a mature rated game, you might stay up all night because you're scared.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  635. pam

    I don't think that games like that should be sold to kids under 18. If they want to make a law about it it sshould be kids 18 and over or else let the parents decide. They are usually the one buying it for them the buyer should choose. It's wrong for the government to be choosing what people can buy and can't buy.{Please don't show mine to people if they want to see it they will have to read the comments}

    May 8, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  636. geona

    ya the games are violent but its not like were gonna actually do it in life

    May 8, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  637. Jazzmyn

    mann california wants to make everythig illegal. I think the parents should decide what thier kids are watching or playing. Just making it illegal wont help.

    May 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  638. Rachael

    I think that parents should be the main controllers of what there kids play, and they should be the ones to buy the games for they're kids. I don't think this new law would make much of a difference though, because if kids wanted a game really badly, it would be so easy to get it, even WITH the new law in effect.

    May 9, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  639. Savannah

    I really believe that it's up to the parents of the child to decide what he or she plays. Most parents would not want their kids to be exposed to violence at such a young age and would refuse to allow games rated for more mature teenagers. Some parents are fine with letting their kids play games like that, and even though it may not be right, it is the parents' decision.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  640. Kassandra

    I think that what games children are aloud to play should be left up to the parents. I do not think that the government should necessarily have to step in and make a law about it. The only problem with letting parents decide would be relying on how responsible the parents were.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  641. Kelsey

    I say it depends on the age. For example little kids should ask the parents if its okay for them to play it before buying it. The parent should be reasonable also. For teenagers I think it is up to them.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  642. wayne

    im a big videogame player and i have played the m rated games and i think califorina needs to stay out

    May 10, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  643. Nathan

    Why is the government stepping in anyways? It's the parents job to keep track of the types of games their children play. Without some people, games rated "M" would be close to bankrupt!

    May 10, 2010 at 8:46 pm |
  644. Olivia

    I think ratings are helpful, period. Parents are the responsible party to insure their childs safety, not the government. The government should not be getting involved with petty things such as video game ratings, something that is obviously a parent responsiblity.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  645. Byrd

    This is another classic example of the government controlling what the people do (aka, Communism). Of course it's the parents responsibility to choose what their kids play and watch. Is it appropiate? Depends. Most definatly not if the parent is letting their seven year old son play Halo...

    May 11, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  646. Anonymous

    i think some video games are good to play but never play wow couse kids get addicted and they look like they way 4 billion pounds its stupid the game isnt even that fun and alsoo no kid should play radid im games intil they are 10 becouse thers a kid that i nknow and he is mean and always wants to steal cars and hit old ladies with bats couse of gta 4 it is a very vilent game so any kid under the age of 12 should not play these kind of games

    May 11, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  647. stevie

    I think that if a movie or game is rated something it should play like that. also i think you should not say something bad you her in a game , movie,and music.

    May 11, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
  648. Brianna

    I think that this is an o.k thing, but not great. I read a lot of comments on this site before I wrote a comment. It seems that a LOT of people don't want this because it's not fair, or because they already play rated M games and they would be taken away (If they are under 18). My parents don't let me play M games, but I would like to because I've heard from my friends that they're really fun. If I was under 18 and was allowed to play M games, I would be really mad that they would be taken away. Anyway, if anyone even TOUCHED my games I would be mad.

    May 11, 2010 at 9:39 pm |
  649. Mira

    I disagree with this. I think that parents monitor what there kids watch and play. I think they would not buy the game if they thought it was bad.

    May 11, 2010 at 9:50 pm |
  650. Samuel

    I think this is unreasonable, if people wanted to play games that didn't swear, or that wasn't violent, they would just buy the other one. But its also freedom of speech, they can put anything the want into the games, the government should mind there own.

    May 12, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  651. Nate

    I believe that the parents should be responsible for this because they should be in control of what their kids play. The Government doesn't have to be involve into this situation because it's not their responsibility to step up into this.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  652. Kym

    I say parents should be responsible.. But most parents these days don't care what their kids are watching, playing, saying, etc. I don't believe rated M for mature games should be allowed to kids under 18. They teach kids bad things. The murder, rape, abuse, etc. rate just keeps going up. And I think part of that may be because of video games.

    May 14, 2010 at 7:11 am |
  653. Pat

    Game creaters can put whatever they want into their games, but they put certain things into games so they will sell and make a profit, if that happens to be violent games, (COD, Halo, Gears Of War, ect.) let them do it. If parents don't want their kids playing violent or (dirty) games, thats up to them to cencsor their kids games.

    May 14, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  654. Maddy

    It is not necessarely the parents responsibility.The child who is playing the game should use their brain before they act.Parents can't just hover over their child 24/7 to make sure everything they do is rated PG.

    May 14, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  655. Taylor

    Parents should be in charge of what their kids can and cannot play. I don’t think censoring these things has to do with freedom of speech, but it just shouldn’t be this strict. I don’t think that violent video games have such a harmful effect on children that everyone is making it out to be.

    May 14, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  656. James

    I think people should be able to play any game they want. When you come from school or work you just want to relax and play video games. People aren't all into the same games.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  657. Micah

    I think that kids should be able to have M rated gams as long as they do not go crazy

    May 14, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  658. Brendon

    They should allow Persons under the age of 18 should be able to purchase Uncensored rated M games. I mean look at the grand theft auto and resident evil series, no matter what people who aren't 18 are going to find a way to purchase the game or play the gAme so why make them censored that will just ruin it overAll

    May 14, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  659. Courtney

    games are a freedom of speech because in real life you can't sAy whatever you want your limited but in a video game you cab animate and say whatever you want. video games connect with all ages and sometimes whAt you Have to say isn't the nicest thing in the world that's just life. If you take thAt away the words free speech mean nothing.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  660. gabby

    i think yes the parents should be watching what the kids play. if they dont want there kids to pla a certian game then they should watch and take the game away from the kid. but some parents dont even care if i was a parent yes i would care so the parents if they dont want there kid to play the game then just take it away

    May 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  661. lanae

    I say no because they shouldn't take games away because if we don't have games what else can we do

    May 15, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  662. josh

    I think the kids are responsible to choose their video games.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
  663. Andriana

    I think there shouldn't be any games rated "M" for mature! Those games teach kids or even adults how to kill without even blinking, then we wonder why there are mass murderers in this world!

    May 16, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  664. Matt

    Who cares what the Californians do? the world invented ebay for a reason....just buy stuff there...

    May 17, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  665. Kyle

    The kid who wants the game should be the one who gets to buy it. The sales person just has to check for I.D. for games that are to violent for younger kids.

    May 17, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  666. Erika=)

    Parents ARE IN CHARGE PEOPLE! Why can't anyone understand this! We all know that the government is just trying to make our country better, but they should once in a while ACTUALLY GIVE US FREEDOM! Most of those in congress are parents and they know what's good for their children, so do our mothers and fathers (or atleast most of them). So congress, just lay off a little, and let the people help run this country too.

    May 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  667. Peter

    I think the California government is crazy! The only people who should get to choose what kids buy and play is the kids parents. Because I hate it when i go to a store and want to buy a video game and they say you need an adult to buy this so I never end up getting the game. And that makes me mad at the government for doing that.

    May 17, 2010 at 9:18 pm |
  668. todd

    I think this is a good idea because if the person has interest in the game or movie then why shouldn't they be allowed to buy it at their own risk?

    May 18, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  669. Michaela

    What think is when the kid goes to buy the game the parents should be there to make sure the game is alright for the kid to play and its not to violent.

    May 18, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  670. Isiah

    people should not be making voilet video games only for the adults.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  671. Connor

    It is just like anything parents are responsible for what there kids do and the video game industry should not at all be making our parents decision's for them.

    May 19, 2010 at 7:39 pm |