Poll says parents more worried about video games than beer or porn.

If a poll from the folks at What They Play.com is accurate then there are some parents out there with some seriously fucked up priorities. The press release for the survey is up at GamePolitics.com:

Nearly 3,000 respondents in two separate What They Play polls concluded that drinking beer and watching pornography were less objectionable activities for children than playing certain video games. Further, viewing violence was more acceptable than seeing content involving sex and sexuality within games.

[…] According to WTP’s data, here’s what parents found most offensive in video games:

  • a man and woman having sex (37%)
  • two men kissing (27%)
  • a graphically severed head (25%)
  • multiple use of the F-word (9%).

Seriously, what the fuck? This is especially confusing seeing as there are very few (and none of them mainstream) video games with graphic sexual content in them and yet they’re more concerned about sex in video games than real sex in porn?

Dr. Cherly Olson, co-author of Grand Theft Childhood, says that unfamiliarity may be part of the reason:

Although these findings seem surprising at first, they hint at fears parents have about video games. To some parents, video games are full of unknowable dangers. While researching for Grand Theft Childhood, parents we spoke with in focus groups often bemoaned the fact that they didn’t know how to use game controls – and felt unequipped to supervise or limit video game play. Of course, parents don’t want their children drinking alcohol, but that’s a more familiar risk.

On the plus side, with more and more people playing video games well into adulthood the next generation of parents should be better equipped to make decisions for their kids on what games are appropriate than today’s parents. I suppose the reason I find this so surprising is because I am one of those parents.

7 thoughts on “Poll says parents more worried about video games than beer or porn.

  1. This is especially confusing seeing as there are very few (and none of them mainstream) video games with graphic sexual content in them and yet they’re more concerned about sex in video games than real sex in porn?

    Ever played the God of War series? Not only is it very graphically violent but there are sex mini games where the objective is to bring the woman/women to climax. Search youtube (god of war sex game) and you can see its true. They aren’t games where you have to go into a dark back room or fight bidders on eBay to get, you can pick them up at Wal-Mart.

  2. Yes I’ve played the God of War series. Again there is no graphic sex in the game. You get moans and a bouncing vase/peeing cherub/bouncing candle. Suggestive? Yes, but nothing like you’d see in an R-rated movie.

    I am still surprised that we’ve not heard more outrage over all the naked boobies in that game though.

  3. video games are full of unknowable dangers.

    There’s the key. How do charlatans and churches manipulate us? They hold the keys to “knowledge” about the unknowable. That, and they pick the subjects that we become most passionate about: sex and money. Thoroughly understandable.  tongue wink

  4. Overall there’s something a bit odd about humans and their fears. Without sex, none of us would be here. It’s one of the most natural things in the world. Yet people are less concerned that their offsprings might pretend to kill hundreds of humans than that they might engage in a virtual act of reproduction, or even witness such a thing.

  5. Hmmm.  I’d rather see a man and a woman having sex, or two men kissing, than a severed head.  Hell, I’d rather kiss a man, and I’m heterosexual, than see a severed head.  Is there something wrong with me?

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