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Popped into Game this evening to see if they had Star Wars Galaxies (they didn't) and I saw one of the guys working there refuse to sell a kid Vice City. I'd never seen that happen before, in ANY shop. I wanted to hug the guy. I believe his (translated) words were "sorry but that game is not for kids".

People here often give Game a hard time, so I just felt the need to share.

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Yeah, a guy in Gamesworld once refused to sell me Manhunt (he called it "viciously violent", to which I replied "nice alliteration", in the hope he would deem me intelligent enough to purchase the game, but to no avail.) Didn't kick up any fuss, though. Just said "fair enough, not a bother", and proceeded to but Project Gotham 2. I was 17 though, it's not like he's selling it to a 10 year old. But like I said, I have nothing against it. The fella was just doing his job.

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I saw it happen in an Exeter GAME last year.

"Sorry, but that's rated 18, so you can't buy it - do you want to pick another one?" when someone was trying to buy an 18 rated game as part of their 3 game deal on PC budget titles.

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Jebus. I work in GAME, so I see this all the time.

I've been offered £2 (yes, a whole £2) to sell someone who looked about 12 a copy of GTA:VC. And I had to kick some kids out once because they kept hassling customers to buy the game for them.

What gets me is the parents that will quite willfully buy the game for kids who look as young as 5. Once I tried to see how many people I could dissuade from buying it for their obviously too young kids. Over a weekend I managed to get one not to buy it, despite using lines like "at one point you actually own a porn studio", "You can stab pregnant women with screwdrivers" and such.

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What gets me is the parents that will quite willfully buy the game for kids who look as young as 5. Once I tried to see how many people I could dissuade from buying it for their obviously too young kids. Over a weekend I managed to get one not to buy it, despite using lines like "at one point you actually own a porn studio", "You can stab pregnant women with screwdrivers" and such.

What? and that diddn't put them off?

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I once saw a guy in my old local GAME seriously recommending GTA3 for a "6 year old" [customer's son]. He finally mused:

"Well it might be a bit difficult for them"

Glad to see he didn't think the swearing, violence, or 18 rating wasn't reason enough to discount it...

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Then you should say: "Read the ESRB rating you thick twat"

huh? It says 18 on it, but little jimmy has seen loads of 18 rated films and even a dead man in the street, besides its only a game!

Parents should take more responsibilty, although most say 'Oh but he played it as his friends so it doesnt matter anymore'

Its almost like they are letting their child do naughty things if they have akready done it. Its a shame BBFC ratings cannot be enforced a lot more, i dont mind kids playing the game at home if their parents allow it, but they shouldnt bring the children up to the counter with them to buy it.

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I have no problem with a parent allowing their child to play GTA, it just suprises me as to haw many genuinely have no fucking clue as to what the hell they're buying for their child. I remember one customer buying true crime for someone who looked about 9. Now, True Crime has a PEGI 16 rating, nothing that has to be legally enforced, but if someone is buying for someone else who looks young, I'll warn them that there's a lot of swearing in it. Which there is. Anyway, conversation went like this:

Me: Just so you know, there's a lot of swearing in this. Is that okay?

Her: Yes, it'll be fine. I'm sure he's heard those words anyway.

5 days later she brings it back.

Her: Yes. I'd like to return this. It's not suitable.

Me: Okay. What was it that you didnt like?

Her: There was too much swearing...

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Typical response:

mum: (looks worriedly at kid) are you sure you want this?

kid: yeah! I've played it before!

mum: I guess it'll be alright then...

You've got to put this into context. The only reason the kid is at your store with his mother is that he drove his mother mad asking for the game for the last week, and she's only here because she can't stand being tortured by the little tyke any more! :angry:

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On a largely unrelated topic today, today the two old women who run our local shop (one of the chain mini-mart type ones) were having a discussion along the lines of:

"Can we sell that Clint Eastwood magazine to under 18's? That DVD on the front says it's rated 18, but it doesn't say 'Over 18's Only' when you scan it like it does with the naughty magazines."

Amused me. Which is all that's important in the grand scheme of things. Possibly :S

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When I was a wee lad, I got refused a go on Pong...

Moving the rudder up and down was (and I quote) giving the youth of today 'Masterbatory tendancies'...

Indeed it did. I was in the bog all day with a copy of Club, which the newsagent sold me.

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Those of you whoul *would* sell 18 rated games to kids - what do you think the point of the 18 certificate is, exactly?

I think most of them know that already mate! :)

But a lot of shops sell them to anyone so that they can shift the stock - look at manhunt! Massive reductions etc. Anyway - what about things like the prima guides? Do they have a rating for the content inside?

"Next - take the bat and kill the man- as shown in fig 4.2"

"BONUS - make Tommy pick up a hooker and take them somwhere quiet - what happens next is a real cool bonus!"

All good stuff....but then you read stuff like:

"Most kids these days are little shits anyway due to factors like bad parents - bad schools - crap music etc Violent games wont change anything."

Maybe baby?

Personally - I really really want the next cover of Edge to be soooooo rude and dirty that I cannot purchase it because the man at GAME - he say NO!

Bunta

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But a lot of shops sell them to anyone so that they can shift the stock - look at manhunt! Massive reductions etc. Anyway - what about things like the prima guides? Do they have a rating for the content inside?

"Next - take the bat and kill the man- as shown in fig 4.2"

"BONUS - make Tommy pick up a hooker and take them somwhere quiet - what happens next is a real cool bonus!"

All good stuff....but then you read stuff like:

"Most kids these days are little shits anyway due to factors like bad parents - bad schools - crap music etc Violent games wont change anything."

Maybe baby?

heh, true. Still, Kids should know their place and parents should know their kids place. Gaming's still see as a mainly childish hobby anyway, and everyone letting kids play whatever the hell they want ain't helping matters.

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A kid offered me a "quid" if I'd would purchase him an 18 rated game outside my local indie.

Booze and fags used to be the order of the day back when I was a lad. 

A kid offered me 50p to buy him booze, i mean for fucks sake 50p!?!

I dont understand why you all get so wound up about kids playing 18 rated games, i mean come on how old where you when you watched your first 18 rated movie?

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I dont understand why you all get so wound up about kids playing 18 rated games, i mean come on how old where you when you watched your first 18 rated movie?

Even though I did it a couple of times when I was a kid, I still knew I wasn't supposed to.

I reckon that any kid who wants to play an 18 rated game has to watch something really nasty to go with it. Like that Salo film. Or faces of death. That would put them in the mood. ;D

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