You don't have to buy the game. Capitalism works great like that.
Ordinarily I respect others views, but anyone on this forum(or anywhere in the world for that matter) who thinks their respective society is not being hurt from rampant sexual exploitation is an idiot.
I think you're overexaggerating. "I will reward you later, personally . . . if you want" is not, as you say, rampant sexual exploitation
. Thats just ridiculous. Rampant sexual exploitation would be rape, or forcing 6 year olds to watch porn.
Sexual innuendo, yes, but not rampant sexual exploitation.
Sex is extremely intrusive to the psyche, and a young and hence underdeveloped mind is unprepared for this and will most certainly be affected.
I have quite a lot to say about this:
First of all, I do agree that sex is intrusive to the psyche, on many different levels.
However, despite your complaints about dodging the issue, violence also enters the psyche on the same amount of levels. I am going somewhere with this, so bear with me.
The issue, as I see it now
from my angle, has really drifted away from puritanically censoring speach in the media. The issue here is really based on the fact that people are introducing "young and underdeveloped minds" to this video game.
I actually just got my copy of this game today, and I'm looking here at the box.
It says, in big ESRB letters on the bottom right:
I believe this rating means that anyone playing this game is recommended to be at least 13 years old.
Oh, and that rating isn't even for a sexual innuendo, its for the violence.
So, just to handle the violence which nobody seems to care about, its very clearly recommended
that they be at least 13.
I believe most people hit puberty at age 11 - 13, depending on the person. Most hit it at 12.
So, when they're old enough to play this gamebecause of the violence, teens
are already at least a bit past the point where the opposite sex looks attractive now.
This is also the time that either schools or parents have the birds & the bees talk with their kids. Or at least it should be - I had sex education when I'd just barely turned 13 in 7th grade (I was born in the summer which is why I was a little older in my class. I didn't flunk a year). A lot of kids were still 12 at this time.
So I think its fair to assume that a 13 year old who can - according to ratings - handle violence should also be able to handle a tiny sexual innuendo. Their minds should be fairly well equipped to handle it at that point.
Which of course brings me back to the question that none of the "concerned parents" has yet
to answer: how old are
your kids that you allow them to play this game?
If you're letting a ten-year old play a game thats recommended for at least 13-year olds you don't have much room to complain, in my opinion.
That would be like allowing your 18 year-old to go to a frat-house party and then be all shocked when they stumble home drunk.[/i]