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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Is your kid under the influence?



Dad, who do you think you’re fooling getting your 8-year-old Grand Theft Auto Mom_gtaiv IV? We’re betting you secretly got it so you can play — because have you even seen what’s on it? It’s rated M. That means it’s got murder, mayhem, unmentionable language and a host of other not-safe-for-little-kids stuff on it. How bad could it be? Take our true or false quiz about several current video games that are rated M and then see if you still want to put them in that innocent child’s hands.

1. In Grand Theft Auto IV, Niko the main character can solicit prostitutes on the street and choose from three levels of service. True or false?
2. In the same video game, the players use words like m-----f----- and other “uck” words with ease as they move through scenarios. True or false?
3. Niko drinks a lot and in fact, when he becomes drunk, both the game’s controls and the player’s view of the action is affected. Niko will fall over if he moves too quickly, and the control of vehicles is seriously impaired. True or false?
4. In Call of Duty: World at War, the game uses stock footage from the '40s that includes snippets of prisoners as they’re executed or even vast amounts of corpses thrown crudely into giant graves. True or false?
5. In Fallout 3, a “VATS” system (Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System lets players target specific body parts on an enemy to attack. Sometimes, bodies explode or become dismembered in a graphic mess of brains and blood. True or false?

Answers: If you didn’t “true that” on every one of these, you probably should attend Dr. Victor Strasburger’s talk tonight!

-- The Nostalgia Lady

[Source:, a consumer advocate group that reviews video games for parents. Photo: Grand Theft Auto IV]

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:58am]


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