Regulating the gaming industry is not going to help anyone. Parents of children should not go out and buy them video games that they have never played themselves. If your kid is into gaming, and you’re not… get smart. Pick up a damned controller and find out what all the fuss is about. This is the responsibility that we take on as parents. I cannot impress this upon non-gamer parents enough.
I can’t tell you how many parents have looked at me in shock when I talk to their kids about a certain level of a video game that I’ve played and can actually follow the conversation. Kids do want to spend time with their parents doing the things that they enjoy. So gamer kids will talk to their parents about their video games, and it just doesn’t do the parent much good to sit and stare at them blankly and say, “Oh, that’s nice dear.” Several of my kids’ friends have this problem. Their parents aren’t gamers, and don’t understand gaming. Lucky for them, they can call me and ask me questions if they aren’t sure about a given title. But failing having a parent that you can trust that does video game, the only real option is for you to pick up a controller yourself.
The other option for parents is to do what my stylist does. She doesn’t video game, so she doesn’t buy video games for her kids. She engages her children in the sorts of activities that she is into and when they get into college and are able to make those choices for themselves, then they can buy their own consoles. Her kids are into sports, karate, dancing and a plethora of other activities that they can do together as a family.
Parents have the power. The government doesn’t need to step in and fill in the gap. We need parents to get smart about gaming and realize that video gaming is quickly out-pacing the movie industry as the preferred form of entertainment. Gaming is easy, it may look hard when you watch a 9 year old kid beat the hardest song in guitar hero on expert, but it’s not as complicated as it looks. There really are games out there for everyone. If Guitar Hero isn’t your thing, there’s always Final Fantasy, or Cookin’ Mama for the baker in you, or even the Ace Attorney series, for the lawyer in you.
If you want to know what all the fuss is about, go to the game store. Find a game that looks interesting to you, buy it and sit down and play it. Get involved with your kids. That’s what being a family is all about.