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    Sort of a spin off from the toy gun thread - will you and at what age will you let your kids play video games that use guns/violence? I only have older nieces and they seem to only play girlie games on their iPods / play station ect but everyone implys boys games ( or ones aimed at boys!) are more violent (We are clueless as neither of us play games or really know any one that does and DS is only 2.5) also laser tag seems to be really popular and that involves shooting people so do your kids play laser tag and at what age?

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    DS wants to have a lazer tag birthday party for his next (8) birthday. I'm ok with this.

    As to shooting video games- he plays Skylanders now but I wouldn't let him play call of duty or anything like that.

    As I said, I'm not sure what the difference is for me.

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    My son is 5 and plays transformers shooty stupid games on hos nintendo ds. Id let him play lasertag at whatever the minimum age requirement is, but I don't know of one anywhere near us.

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    I wouldn't have an issue with video games or laser tag.

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    Depends on the game. Space invaders is technically a 'shooting' game :P

    Realistic violence, like Call of Duty etc I think I'd be ok with a teenager playing but not a young kid.

    As far as laser tag goes, most places have an age limit (well, the ones here do anyway) but I don't think its on the same level as graphic violence in a video game so I'd probably be ok with it a bit younger.

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    DD is too unco for laser-tag. She'd just get hurt/hurt others.

    We're kind of gamers. DP much moreso than me, but she's into games a result. The other day she asked me if she could play GTA 4 (she saw the cover). Um... no. It's not kid-friendly by any stretch of the imagination, so it's not allowed.

    She's played Rayman and loves that, has a bunch of kid-friendly Wii and WiiU games (Mario, Just Dance etc). SHe plays The Sims 3 and Sim City. She's also gotten into Fable III which I've taken up playing again. It's got a few adult elements, but you've got to go out of your way to make those happen, and I don't think she will. Even if she does I don't care too much. That game involves killing weird creatures and such, but meh... it's like the Monty Python of the genre - takes the p*ss a little. It's silly more than graphic and hardcore.

    I just use common sense when deciding if it's appropriate for her to play or not.

    I grew up playing Mortal Kombat and am yet to throw my metal fans at people to slice their heads off.

    ETA: She's nearly 8.

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    My kids were raised on video games as both myself and their father are gamers.
    They play games with shooting-you would eliminate nearly all games if you opposed shooting to a great.extent. Even mario throws/shoots fireballs.

    I think as long as you keep it age applicable, there are no issues.

    They have both played laser tag. They were 5&7 when they first played.

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    There are age ratings on video games for a reason.
    Anyone that doesn't respect those ratings and make it their business to check the rating of the games their kids are playing as a bare MINIMUM (ie. parents who buy their 12 year olds games like Call of Duty and Modern Warfare) have no one to blame but themselves if they think their child is picking up bad habits from them or the interaction they have while playing them with other people.
    My kids will probably play video games from an early age because both DH and I are gamers. But they will play age appropriate games and if they start to show concerning traits while playing a game that is deemed suitable for their age then I'll take that game away. It's quite simple really.

    As for laser tag, I think most places have a minimum age for safety reasons but not entirely sure on that one. I think I'd probably be happy with about 8 or 9 years of age personally mostly because they're old enough to understand that laser guns aren't 'real' as such.
    Years ago I saw a very young boy (probably around 6ish) playing laser tag for the first time with his brothers and he freaked out when he tagged one of them and they pretended to drop down dead. He thought he'd really killed him, poor little guy!


 

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