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Parents Could Be Reported to Police If They Buy Their Kids Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto

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Okay, this one is crazy hard to believe … and yet it’s real. Yep, if you, a responsible adult, allow your children to play mature video games … you could be reported by your children’s school to the police.

Video games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto get their share of flak for violent or sexual content. Every year we hear someone shouting out in the conservative media about how these games are responsible for real-life criminal behavior.

A screenshot from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
A screenshot from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

This is why there is a video game rating system. Games are rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), which is a member of the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC). Both Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto are rated M for Mature. According to the ESRB website, that means, “Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.”

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