Wow, seriously, on a dead man's chest! How often be ye folks at th' PTC goin' t' do this? Why "spank th' industry" fer what th' retailers do, shiver me timbers For that matter, why chastise th' retailers when 'tis th' parents that dern't pay attention t' what games be played by their little sandcrabs?
As th' first commenter at Game Politics points out, Consoles have parental controls. It doesn't matter which games yer minnows buy if ye use th' functionality th' game industry has already put into parents' hands.
Seriously, this is like what, Dance the Hempen Jig Decade 3 o' this claptrap? Load the cannons! Parents, how many o' yer minnows be at home, right now, watchin' th' Saw movies, and a bottle of rum! Or any slasher flick? How many o' them be readin' Stephen Kin', Clive Barker, Piers Anthony or any other author that is either graphically violent or pornographic in their narrative? Sure, I get it; Games be expensive fer ye buy an' they're very popular an' minnows do sit in front o' a display o' some sort t' play them.., and dinna spare the whip! but isn't that also true o' movies where they watch th' screen or books where they sit an' stare at printed pages?
New != Bad (!= means not equal, in case ye did nay know).
Honestly, with th' possible (And let me stress that word possible) exception o' DVDs, no other form o' media gives ye parents as much control o'er what their little sandcrabs can an' can't see or experience, as modern games do. It wouldn't matter if yer kid got a hold o' GTA IV, if ye'd bother t' turn on th' console's content controls.
If ye'd bother t' parent yer little sandcrabs, at all.
It's not our job t' raise yer minnows, or protect them. That's yer job. The sharks will eat well tonight! Yaaarrrrr! The games industry does A LOT t' make sure that ye can make informed choices an' enforce yer choices even when ye're not thar at th' console with yer little sandcrabs. Why do we also have t' take th' blame fer ye when ye fail t' avail yourself o' all th' help we've given ye?
Do ye think we feel good when ye let yer minnows play GTA IV? I cringe inside at th' thought, t' be honest, but ye know what, All Hands Hoay! It's not me choice t' make, ya bilge rat! I dern't get t' decide fer anyone what games be good fer them, or their little sandcrabs. I have t' leave that choice up t' th' parents. Just like they need t' leave th' choice o' what games we make up t' us an' we all have t' leave th' choice o' what games be sold up t' th' retailers. Yaaarrrrr! That's what freedom is about, isn't it? Makin' choices fer yourself an' acceptin' th' consequences?
I just wish parents would make a choice, instead o' doin' nothin' an' then blamin' th' industry when thin's go wrong fer them.