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ArkhamKnight753
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Hunts
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There should be no Consent Age for Video Games.

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Started: 11/15/2015 Category: Games
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ArkhamKnight753

Pro

Consent age is the minimum age of which someone can play a game. For example, Grand Theft Auto has a RESTRICTION of 18 years, while their consent age is only 10 years old! Can you imagine a ten-year old being corrupted by all forms of explicit content? It would be better to have just a strict age restriction rather than bending the rules and harming immature children's minds with violent, sexual, and other types of bad content.

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Hunts

Con

I accept and will be arguing that having a minimum age to buy games is outrageous. I will rather be arguing that it should be up to the parent to allow their kid to play the game.
Debate Round No. 1
ArkhamKnight753

Pro

First of all, can you imagine a child swearing, joking about drugs and referencing sexual content? Society will become a harsher place is children's minds are flooded with explicit content and information they shouldn't be exposed to. I don't believe parents should be the only ones to buy the games. Rather, enforce your rule, Hunts, but only until the gamer is 18 where he/she can take care of themselves once they reach the stage of the maximum age restriction given.
I feel like we are talking about the same thing here.
Hunts

Con

What I get from your stance is no kid under 18 should be allowed to play the game even if the parent approved.

Kids in society, whether it is in public, school, stores etc. they are being exposed to the swearing aspect.

Now in regards to the kids still accessing these games, a study by Pew Internet and American Life Project stated after surveying many kids that.....

"57% of boys who were questioned listed a game with an "M" or "AO" rating as one of their favorites, compared to 14% of girls." (1)(2)

This shows that the parents are still buying the games for their kids, regardless that you must be 18 to buy these games. Now when pro stated...

"Can you imagine a child swearing, joking about drugs and referencing sexual content? Society will become a harsher place is children's minds are flooded with explicit content and information they shouldn't be exposed to."

I don't have to imagine that because it is already happening, and society has actually not in fact become a harsher place where children's minds are flooded with explicit content. It actually does the opposite as stated by Cheryl K. Olson, ScD, co-director of the Center for Mental Health and Media and lead author of the study. "Boys' friendships in particular often center around video games." "Contrary to the stereotype of the solitary gamer with no social skills, we found that children who play M-rated games are actually more likely to play in groups -- in the same room, or over the Internet," says Cheryl K. Olson, ScD, co-director of the Center for Mental Health and Media and lead author of the study. "Boys' friendships in particular often center around video games." (3)

So instead of pros un-supported theory playing M rated video games allowed for kids to be more social, and interact better with students.

The ESRB who rates these video games was actually formed to give information about the games content, it was not made to say if you are under 17 you can't buy it or shouldn't buy it but they needed to create a rating so that the parents could buy the game if they thought their child was mature enough for it. (4)

Who is to say at 17 or 18 you are ready and mature enough to play the game. Why can't you be 16? 15? even 14? By having an age that makes it illegal to purchase the game you are limiting freedom of the consumer. Now when you open it up to the consumer to bee free to choose what he or she wants to buy, A Stanford Medical School study finds that you give kids more responsibility and also encourage them to get a job to pay for the game. Having many positive effects both economically and responsibly.(5)

Now suppose a kid moves out at 16 years of age, should he not be allowed to buy a video game? If you are arguing that a person living on his own under the age of 18 is not responsible enough to buy a video game, your logic is flawed.

1- http://abcnews.go.com...
2- http://arstechnica.com...
3- http://www.sciencedaily.com...
4- http://ca.ign.com...
Debate Round No. 2
ArkhamKnight753

Pro

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Hunts

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Debate Round No. 3
ArkhamKnight753

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Hunts

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Debate Round No. 4
ArkhamKnight753

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Hunts

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by NikolaGustav 1 year ago
NikolaGustav
Perhaps you should argue that they simply raise the consent age rather than getting rid of it.
There are far less holes in that resolution for your opponent to exploit :)
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