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AIBU to not let Grand Theft Auto 5 into the house?

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wigglybeezer Tue 10-Sep-13 20:09:37

DS1 thinks I am being monumentally unreasonable banning him from playing GTA until after his exams next summer. EVERYBODY else at school is allowed to apparently, but then maybe they do not have the attention span of a gnat and the will power of a wet flannel like DS1.

I think it is simpler to say no outright than have to nag him to revise every weekend.

He claims he is going to punish us by being in a foul huff for the next nine months.

Sigh...potty training was a breeze compared to wrangling teenagers.

GhostsInSnow Tue 10-Sep-13 20:11:30

Is it a battle really worth having? Is it not better to limit access to it in exchange for study?
Personally I think YABU but DD does study as well as game so I guess it depends on the individual child.

wigglybeezer Tue 10-Sep-13 20:22:07

He has not got a good track record on striking a balance. At the moment he is only allowed to play at weekends and we struggle to get him to do anything else. He has a tendency to get a bit obsessive.

wigglybeezer Tue 10-Sep-13 20:25:17

The trouble with multiplayer online games is that you can't stop playing because your mum says time is up without leaving friends you are playing with in the lurch, do that too often and people refuse to play with you, sent to virtual Coventry.

GTA5 is primarily one player, with the option of a multiplayer - main storyline is not mmorpg.

I think YABU. Give him the chance to prove you wrong.

GhostsInSnow Tue 10-Sep-13 20:32:12

Thats probably where our kids differ. DD isn't the sociable type, even with gaming so doesn't go online. I guess its easier for her to turn off and crack on with it.
My general rule is home, changed, homework/revision then she can play for an hour or two.

I know when I was a teen we didn't have this kind of stuff, but making me sit and revise by limiting my access to distractions wouldn't have worked with me. Being told to revise for set times tended to mean whatever I'd read certainly didn't sink in. The best of my revision was always done the week before the exam. I got 12 GCSE's so it worked for me.

This school year is a really hard one for year 11's with a lot of pressure, I just think that something they can turn on and play for an hour thats a bit of stress relief isn't necessarily such a bad thing.

Gossipmonster Tue 10-Sep-13 20:35:50

DS1 is 16 on Thurs. he has not been allowed to play 18 games so far - he thinks I will make him wait until he's 18.

I have got him COD for his bday and a couple of others. There is no way I would let GTA in my house - ever if I have my way.

wigglybeezer Tue 10-Sep-13 21:19:35

He will be allowed to play his existing games, but GTA is huge and will take forever to play, ( not to mention the dubious content ).

I thought more people would agree with me...

wigglybeezer Tue 10-Sep-13 21:22:45

Bunty, he has a PC so will have to wait for the PC version anyway, hoping they take ages to bring it out.

How old is he?

colourmehappytheresasofainhere Tue 10-Sep-13 21:44:01

I agree with you...

Beaverfeaver Tue 10-Sep-13 21:44:19

I can't wait for gta5.
I don't think I will have time to play it though.

applebread Tue 10-Sep-13 21:45:55

Yanbu. Computer games are like crack for some kids mine included.

ILetHimKeep20Quid Tue 10-Sep-13 21:48:28

You do what you have to do, pick your battles etc etc...

But can I just say, I can't freaking wait!

kali110 Tue 10-Sep-13 21:50:19

He cant be over 18 which is the age for gta. Im suprised how many parents let their teenagers play this

wannabestressfree Tue 10-Sep-13 21:56:17

At least you haven't had to pre order THREE copies of FIFA 14..... My teenagers had a full on punch up when one changed the others career/ manager mode to accrington Stanley and sold all his players (sigh)

YANBU Just the cert is enough to mean it's worth saying no.

MyBaby1day Wed 11-Sep-13 01:43:22

YABU, my buddy is getting this for his Birthday next week and it looks a cool game, let him play it, time/life is too short.

wannaBe Wed 11-Sep-13 02:50:57

a cool game? where the object is to go round murdering, robbing, inflicting all other forms of violence in order to achieve your aim (wtf ever that might be)m, where you gain energy by picking up prostitutes on the street for a shag and coming back revived... Tbh I was horrified to see it advertised on ITV earlier before the watershed.

Yeah, cool game that.

My ds is only ten (almost eleven) but he will be playing games like that in my house over my dead body, whether he's eighteen or not.

Zazzles007 Wed 11-Sep-13 05:42:31

I'm with wannBe on this one - the prostitute thing alone makes me not want to play the game, and I am an avid PS3 fan. I have GTA4 and I've never gotten beyond the beginning of the game, because really, it is saying that the antisocial behaviour that wannaBe described is acceptable. And unless your teen is very mature then he needs to be over 18 to play the game. However given that that the OP's teen gets a bit 'obesessed' with games, I would say that he is not mature enough to handle the content or his responsibilities in relation to the games and his studies.

isitsnowingyet Wed 11-Sep-13 06:00:03

wiggly you are being very reasonable. Let him huff. Sadly for him the school work has to come first.

NandH Wed 11-Sep-13 06:25:58

I wouldn't allow it either, just on the basis that you can drug,kill then shag a woman on it! ... this is information dp came home from work with.

Tbh, I wouldn't have GTA in my house anyway, although ds1 thinks he should be allowed to play it.

The prostitute thing is abhorrent. And the beginning of one of the games has a man taking lines of coke in his office, so no.

I agree with the principle of what you are saying though.

Ds1 plays fifa online and we have had to enforce a no weekday rule as well, otherwise nothing at all gets done.

valiumredhead Wed 11-Sep-13 07:09:51

I agree with wannabe, it's a vile game.

Oh dear. If anyone even so much as mentions GTA the pearl-clutchers come out in force.
Yes, the series is excessively violent and gritty - it is both a reflection of and partially a parody of things that actually happen. (Though Saints Row is better as parody!)
But that's why it's an 18 - so that only people who can distinguish that antisocial behaviour in the game is unacceptable in real life can buy the damn thing. They're pretty crap as games tbh but people like sandboxes so they're really popular.

Back on topic, OP YANBU. Partially because it'll be just as crap as GTAIV, but also because your DS can't stop himself once he starts playing. It's very easy to lose time!
BUT from now until July next year is a long time. Maybe let him have it, but only at weekends and only for a few hours at a time? Very few kids need to start revising in September, to be fair, as they'll have forgotten the lot by exam time!

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