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Black Ops age rating

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6y, 3w agoPosted 6 years, 3 weeks ago
I know this is rated as an '18'. My son is 13 and plays some '15' army games. Can anyone tell me why this game is different, is it rated this due to difficulty or is it more gruesome?
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banned 2 Likes #1
rated as 18 to get more sales to 13 year olds
[mod] 2 Likes #2
Games are never age rated on difficulty. lol
#3
Ratings are never based on difficulty!!!!!!! It is deemed an 18 due to the content in the game which is considered inappropriate for anyone under that age, not that it matters when people buy it for their children ( not being judgmental). Every kids who is under 18 and wants it will get it these days. I know some kids who are 11/12 who play it and I don't think it right, BUT, its up to the parents to decide whether it is suitable or not i guess
banned#4
I wouldn't buy it for my 15 yr old. If i had one. 16 yes. Its not difficult its the killing, murdering blood etc.
#5
lumoruk
I wouldn't buy it for my 15 yr old. If i had one. 16 yes. Its not difficult its the killing, murdering blood etc.

It's the type of murdering. Even I felt a bit wrong murdering the people in the airport in MW2 you can turn that bit off but not the point.

It's 18 due to content.

First bit I noticed that rates it 18 is stabbing someone in the back of the head.
#6
Urgh thanks, I don't buy them, its his dad. Super Smash Brawl Bros would be more my choice for him. Thanks for your comments.
#7
Trouble is that my son is 12 and I have said I wont buy it for him, but the rest of his friends all got it on the first day, so he is likely to be picked on. And of course when he goes to his friends houses he will play it there, in some ways I wonder if it is not better to buy it and play it with him and try to talk to him about it.
1 Like #8
kidcat
Trouble is that my son is 12 and I have said I wont buy it for him, but the rest of his friends all got it on the first day, so he is likely to be picked on. And of course when he goes to his friends houses he will play it there, in some ways I wonder if it is not better to buy it and play it with him and try to talk to him about it.

Shouldn't feel bad for having some sense.
#9
kidcat
Trouble is that my son is 12 and I have said I wont buy it for him, but the rest of his friends all got it on the first day, so he is likely to be picked on. And of course when he goes to his friends houses he will play it there, in some ways I wonder if it is not better to buy it and play it with him and try to talk to him about it.

I know, it has been the hot topic in his class this week and most of his group of friends have had it bought for them, talk about peer pressure, I hear it gets worse!
[mod]#10
mad-diesel
Urgh thanks, I don't buy them, its his dad. Super Smash Brawl Bros would be more my choice for him. Thanks for your comments.


I agree with that..........after playing both it's also a much better game.
#11
i have played the call of duty games and deffinately think that the 18 certificate is justified. would you let your 13 year old watch an 18 rated dvd?
#12
Syzable
mad-diesel
Urgh thanks, I don't buy them, its his dad. Super Smash Brawl Bros would be more my choice for him. Thanks for your comments.


I agree with that..........after playing both it's also a much better game.


plus it really helps your coordination
#13
Adam2050
kidcat
Trouble is that my son is 12 and I have said I wont buy it for him, but the rest of his friends all got it on the first day, so he is likely to be picked on. And of course when he goes to his friends houses he will play it there, in some ways I wonder if it is not better to buy it and play it with him and try to talk to him about it.


Shouldn't feel bad for having some sense.


well said, if more parents were sensible, and didnt give in then lots of those kids wouldn't have the game! Wish there were more like you that thought about it!
#14
its the swearing you need to watch
#15
I've been playing 18 rated games since I was about 9. Frankly, it's down to the maturity of the child and the values the parents teach them, to understand the difference between reality and games. Granted, back in the day I was playing the likes of Duke Nuken TTK, original GTA etc on PS1, not the high quality games of today but it's the same principle. I had already learned swearing from other kids by this stage, but also knew it was wrong/inappropriate (around the parents anyway ;)) but was unphased by it.

To put it simply, if your kids are mature enough to understand it is just a game but that killing isn't a real life game, etc then I don't see why not. The only issue may be online interactions with others but that's where the magic of muting/no headset works :D Take the same principles of films - If you'd let them see certain 18 rated films, then I don't see why that mentality shouldn't carry over to games.

Edited By: DragonChris on Nov 11, 2010 10:02
#16
mad-diesel
kidcat
Trouble is that my son is 12 and I have said I wont buy it for him, but the rest of his friends all got it on the first day, so he is likely to be picked on. And of course when he goes to his friends houses he will play it there, in some ways I wonder if it is not better to buy it and play it with him and try to talk to him about it.


I know, it has been the hot topic in his class this week and most of his group of friends have had it bought for them, talk about peer pressure, I hear it gets worse!


My sons class was half empty on the day it was released and my daughter ( yr 11 and has exams this week) says there were very few boys in school that day too. I have difficulty understanding how some parents think this is ok. School were having a fit at the number of boys absent, and rang all the parents, apparently all parents gave their sons an alibi and said they were feeling sick. But if you read the facebook status of most of them, they are posting all about the game all day.
#17
DragonChris
I've been playing 18 rated games since I was about 9. Frankly, it's down to the maturity of the child and the values the parents teach them, to understand the difference between reality and games. Granted, back in the day I was playing the likes of Duke Nuken TTK, original GTA etc on PS1, not the high quality games of today but it's the same principle. I had already learned swearing from other kids by this stage, but also knew it was wrong/inappropriate (around the parents anyway ;)) but was unphased by it.To put it simply, if your kids are mature enough to understand it is just a game but that killing isn't a real life game, etc then I don't see why not. The only issue may be online interactions with others but that's where the magic of muting/no headset works :D Take the same principles of films - If you'd let them see certain 18 rated films, then I don't see why that mentality shouldn't carry over to games.

Same Chris but the games have drastically changed since I was a child realism is 100 fold 'better'. Maturity a side it still has an effect, how cheesed off do you get when someone gets a flukely kill on you, I know I still do and on a child and on a hormonal teenager the effect is 10 fold. Been that teenager lol
#18
kidcat
mad-diesel
kidcat
Trouble is that my son is 12 and I have said I wont buy it for him, but the rest of his friends all got it on the first day, so he is likely to be picked on. And of course when he goes to his friends houses he will play it there, in some ways I wonder if it is not better to buy it and play it with him and try to talk to him about it.
I know, it has been the hot topic in his class this week and most of his group of friends have had it bought for them, talk about peer pressure, I hear it gets worse!
My sons class was half empty on the day it was released and my daughter ( yr 11 and has exams this week) says there were very few boys in school that day too. I have difficulty understanding how some parents think this is ok. School were having a fit at the number of boys absent, and rang all the parents, apparently all parents gave their sons an alibi and said they were feeling sick. But if you read the facebook status of most of them, they are posting all about the game all day.

That's ridiculous.
[mod] 2 Likes #19
When i was 9 graphics were still stick men. X)
#20
You see worse on the news on a daily basis!
#21
Syzable
When i was 9 graphics were still stick men. X)

Sonic was not a stick man!
banned 1 Like #22
geegee-pinata
You see worse on the news on a daily basis!

What news do you watch? Sure you hear about shocking events and you sometimes see bits of the aftermath but I've never watched a news report with a camera following soldiers as they actually kill people in front of them.
#23
I know this is rated as an '18'. My son is 13 and plays some '15' army games. Can anyone tell me why this game is different, is it rated this due to difficulty or is it more gruesome?


If he has the previous instalment "Modern Warfare 2", that was also an 18 certificate.

The graphic content in Black Ops is more disturbing than before in my eyes.

My son is 12, and has played these type of games for most of his life.
I never have any problems with him.

I got him up at 6am(Went bed 2 hours early the night before) to play for a while, I would never let him have a day off, and he wouldn't have dared to ask.
#24
master_chief
geegee-pinata
You see worse on the news on a daily basis!
What news do you watch? Sure you hear about shocking events and you sometimes see bits of the aftermath but I've never watched a news report with a camera following soldiers as they actually kill people in front of them.

Bad "news" lol!
Point taken ;)
Depends on the child i suppose, how mature they are maybe?
banned#25
Definitely depends on the child. The peer pressure issue is difficult and letting children have a day off school to play is disgusting. Would be nice if you could opt for a censored version of the game in the setup.
#26
It's no different.

It's not going to harm him in any way.

/thread
#27
master_chief
Definitely depends on the child. The peer pressure issue is difficult and letting children have a day off school to play is disgusting. Would be nice if you could opt for a censored version of the game in the setup.
Good idea actually, bit less blood and gore!
banned#28
There is an option in the game to disable graphic content when you first use it although I'm not sure exactly what it does. But it still won't stop him hearing some of the language used online and might be easily turned back on
[mod]#29
Adam2050
Syzable
When i was 9 graphics were still stick men. X)


Sonic was not a stick man!


And i wasn't 9 when he came out......i was a teenager :p
#30
master_chief
Definitely depends on the child. The peer pressure issue is difficult and letting children have a day off school to play is disgusting. Would be nice if you could opt for a censored version of the game in the setup.


I seem to remember there was an option to skip certain content, I don't know how effective it is though.
#31
emhaslam
It's no different.

It's not going to harm him in any way.

/thread


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Edited By: badgerrules on Nov 11, 2010 10:33
banned 1 Like #32
Paddy Charlie
There is an option in the game to disable graphic content when you first use it although I'm not sure exactly what it does. But it still won't stop him hearing some of the language used online and might be easily turned back on

Perhaps something should be brought in with parental controls set at the console level which automatically triggers some form of censorship within games. Only way to override would be to use password that only parent has? Online gaming is a different kettle of fish, you can't obviously censor language from there, perhaps a more restricted user group in place that parents sign them up to with an agreement to not use bad language?
#33
Syzable
Adam2050
Syzable
When i was 9 graphics were still stick men. X)
Sonic was not a stick man!
And i wasn't 9 when he came out......i was a teenager :p

Can't remember if I was, anyway old man.

As you can see personal preference with children has come in, few don't mind there childing playing violent games, and some don't so up to you. I personally wouldn't as the rating system is letting 12A's become 15's and 15's become 18 in comparison to ratings of old but that's they way of the world today. My opinnion is children are asked to mature to adults to quickly and don't get any childs play anymore (not judging anyone on that) but children should be children for as long as they can.
#34
thesaint
master_chief
Definitely depends on the child. The peer pressure issue is difficult and letting children have a day off school to play is disgusting. Would be nice if you could opt for a censored version of the game in the setup.
I seem to remember there was an option to skip certain content, I don't know how effective it is though.

On MW2 it removed the airport scence that was all and in the cut scences the swears. So pretty useless.
#35
For anyone really interested this book is very good

http://www.grandtheftchildhood.com/GTC/Home.html

made good reading during my degree
#36
Adam2050
Same Chris but the games have drastically changed since I was a child realism is 100 fold 'better'. Maturity a side it still has an effect, how cheesed off do you get when someone gets a flukely kill on you, I know I still do and on a child and on a hormonal teenager the effect is 10 fold. Been that teenager lol

Very true Adam. I do get pretty peeved when I get killed poorly and can see kids going nuts lol, so yes I agree with you on that one. Having personally witnessed my brother getting all moody 'cos the game was going poorly - But to be honest, it's a learning experience too, he's had to learn some self control and to learn to not get so wound up after playing. So I stand by my point :) It's all about your influences around you!
[mod]#37
I used to love the original Football Manager on the Spectrum with matchstick men goals. :D

Anyway.....back to topic. I sympathise with the OP as it comes down to peer pressure a lot of the time. If he turns round and say's he's not allowed it then he gets the mickey taken out of him for having parents who do the right thing which is unfair but it happens so you can see why parents give in as who wants their child to be bullied in any form.

I'm glad mine aren't at that age yet.
#38
DragonChris
Adam2050
Same Chris but the games have drastically changed since I was a child realism is 100 fold 'better'. Maturity a side it still has an effect, how cheesed off do you get when someone gets a flukely kill on you, I know I still do and on a child and on a hormonal teenager the effect is 10 fold. Been that teenager lol
Very true Adam. I do get pretty peeved when I get killed poorly and can see kids going nuts lol, so yes I agree with you on that one. Having personally witnessed my brother getting all moody 'cos the game was going poorly - But to be honest, it's a learning experience too, he's had to learn some self control and to learn to not get so wound up after playing. So I stand by my point :) It's all about your influences around you!

F bomb was dropped plenty of times last night due to them fetching car bomb things.
#39
Adam2050
Even I felt a bit wrong murdering the people in the airport in MW2 you can turn that bit off but not the point..
Agree. That felt soooo wrong.
banned#40
Sorry if it already been posted but you can turn of some graphic content. When you first play the game it gives you the option.

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