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Monday, March 14, 2011

A Digital Wasteland

War. War never changes. Its 0100 hours and I can see my teammates on the ground below the building I'm holding out in. I have a claymore set up next to the only entrance to this room so no one can sneak up on me. I still can't shake the feeling that someone is close.

Just then I hear my claymore explode. I turn to face my enemy. He is wearing a flack jacket which explains how he made it into the room in the first place. He appears to be barely over 4 feet tall. It's then that I realize he's only seven years old. He points his FAMAS at me. Pulls the trigger. And calls me a “fa*%&t”.

Yes, I'm talking about the digital warfare that is Call of Duty on Xbox Live. I recently jumped on the bandwagon and got online with Black Ops. If you have ever played any Call of Duty or Halo game online you're well aware that they are infested with young children hurling frags and curse words.

Now for those of you that aren't already aware of this, both of the above mentioned games are rated “M”. Rated “M” for “Mature”. These games aren't recommended for any one above the age of 17. So why are parents letting their kids on these games, especially online?

I think most parents either don't care or are unaware just what goes on in these games. Children are not the only ones playing these games online, many teenagers, young adults and even older adults are online. So not only are these young kids annoying everyone else playing the games, they are also hearing a lot of words they probably shouldn't.

I'm not a fan of censorship, I think it's horrible but I'm also not a fan of just letting your kids watch/listen/play whatever they want. Children are very impressionable and should be protected from things not meant for them, not sheltered, protected.

Of course this isn't really that important of an issue when you consider whats going on in the worlds. This is just my opinion on things. Honestly, I'm just tired of getting my ass handed to me by little kids.