June 6th, 2015



Given the hardline stance I take on my son playing rated "M" (for mature) games, he admitted to me his surprise that I finally allowed him to play Grand Theft Auto when his grandmother bought him a PS4 (he's 15 now). I explained that his maturity had a lot to do with my decision, then asked him if my concern was warranted or not - if he thought he was mature enough to play it.

His answer?

"There's not nearly the amount of prostitution you led me to believe."

I replied, When you have kids of your own, you'll realize how fucked up that statement is. (implying ANY amount of prostitution in a video game could be considered, "too much.")

That said, while downstairs playing Minecraft with him the day before, he confided in me that he was glad we didn't have the same relationship the protagonist of GTA has with his lazy, apatheic son who's strained relationship with his father causes the son to spike his dad's drink with PCP, kick him out of a moving car, steal his money, and move out of the house. So, good perspective, right?