"Don't listen to the common sense rating 17+, they obviously haven't even played any of the halo games. This game has lots of blood but it is no more than you would see in a T rated game, it's also blue, purple or a red-purple color. there is occasional swearing in the game mostly by your teamates who use them when shooting the aliens. I would still give this game an m rating although even younger kids would be able to handle it. My uncle's kids weren't allowed to play it at first and they are 7-8 years old and after i showed him what was in it, he let them play it. So if you don't let your kid play it at least get it for yourself and let them play multiplayer with you because there is no swearing and if any very minimal blood. I was reading the commonsense rating and yes you can determin someone is dead just by seeing them fall and the body disapering, but the blood and bodys just make it more realistic also making it cool."
Anyway, as you can see, they didn't really bolster his argument. I was impressed with his well-thought points, and that he made them respectfully, without yelling, whining, and throwing a fit. So impressed that I wanted to give in (just a little) to reward him somewhat for handling the situation so well. But, I didn't. In the end, things broke down just a bit, with Chance thinking that I never listen to him, and also claiming that those people at the rating place have probably never even seen the game and just want to punish the kids. Yeah - that's it.
"I'm sorry, but you parents should not worry about your kids having games from the Halo saga; they shouldn't be M! This game is M for violence and blood and gore and language. Yes, the violence is questionable, but it's stopping a cruel and evil alien race! And the language isn't even that bad. They might say "damn," "bastard," and "sh*t," a few times, but trust me, they'll hear worse at school. On the other hand, online gameplay could be offensive to some, considering there is no control of people's language during gameplay."
But, as with any situation, some good has come out:
- Chance is showing his ability to think through an argument, gather points, and respectfully present and agree or disagree.
- My babysitter, Tina, is on the same page as we are - we also had a lengthy phone conversation tonight about Chance's permissions to participate in or watch games like that. It's so great to be a united front, and know that he is getting the same instruction when he's at her house as when he's at home. Thanks, Tina!
- I found a new review site that I will use for games in the future.
- I know in my heart that we are doing the best we can to raise our boys.