Video game ratings are irrelevant to me. I couldn't even tell you what half of the games on my shelf are rated. If the gameplay is good and the story is decent I don't care how "mature" or how potty-mouthed the characters are.
You understand not everyone is the same age as you, right?
I do, but the question posed in the OP was "Do ratings matter to YOU". With an example about how KD will skip PG-13 horror movies because they aren't horror enough. So in that context, nope doesn't matter to me. My kids are too young to play video games.
Fair enough. It just seemed the conversation had moved beyond the OP.
My in-laws let the then-7yo play Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed. And there were no qualms about letting the 4yo watch.
Yeah, I mean that's their decision. A lot of people are not comfortable with kids that age playing M-rated games or seeing R-rated movies. Developing brains and influence and societal norms and all of that.
It's a tough and personal call. I've got no problem with my 12 year old playing Halo, though only local MP. No way would I let her venture into the t-bag filled halls of racism and homophobia that is online. But really, graphically, it's more pew-pew than hyper violent.
OTOH, Call of Duty would never fly.
Titanfall is the other one she's interested in playing. As recently as even six months ago, I would have thought the human squishing would be too much for her. Thinking about it now, she might be okay with it. Crazy how quickly they can change.
I remember a neighbor kid (who loved talking to me about video games) wanted to know if I thought he could play the first COD: MW. He was a little disappointed when I said I didn't think it was a good idea. He was not even 10, though. Online is one thing, but that was the one with that airport level, and I really have a hard time imagining a kid being ready for that. I don't think a kid should be ready for that. Of course, his parents went out and bought him the next one. It was the WWII one with Keifer Sutherland. The one where you had to use the flamethrower in the tunnels. That was also pretty rough. Knowing the kid, I wouldn't have given it to him, but it really is the parents' call, and you have to respect that.