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Why are age ratings on videogames so often ignored?

4 September 2014 1:27 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Why is it that the idea of a child seeing an adult rated movie is bad, but games are not seen as a problem?

The games industry often suffers attacks from the media, taking the blame for various horrible incidents that happen out in the world. As soon as a youth perpetrates some kind of heinous act, it seems that there's no shortage of blame to be slapped onto videogames. GTA, Call of Duty, Street Fighter, Mass Effect and many others have been blamed for everything from murders and drunk driving, to bullying and even rickets (yes, really). Even the harmless sandboxer, Minecraft, has been a scapegoat for school-related violence.

Games are an easy target for this kind of social blame, and they're just the latest in a long line of hobbies, interests and media to take the flak. Movies, music, comics, books, they've all had their fair share of whipping boy duty, »

- aaronbirch

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