6 Reasons why kids should play GTA

Grand Theft Auto IV is nearly upon us, and the only group anticipating the release of GTA IV more than gamers are lazy-ass journalists readying their speculative segments and editorials. Crouched at the April 29th starting line and foaming at the bit for that coveted variable to throw in place of their tired "Grand Theft Auto inspires X to Y" headlines.

Rockstar will be ready to meet their claims with the old "GTA is intended for adults... not for children under 17" standby. And that's a perfectly reasonable argument for them to make, if only to stay ahead of the next frivolous and inevitable lawsuit.

What bothers me is when my fellow members of the enthusiast press dutifully follow suit. Whether we’re advocating parental responsibility, or humorously pointing out something flippant along the lines of, “Mature - it’s right on the box, dickhead!” I refuse to believe so many of my colleagues’ personal opinions fall in line with that of the media watchdogs and the ESRB. Plus, to do so adds legitimacy to the bullshit claim that playing Grand Theft Auto is somehow dangerous, potentially corruptive or inappropriate for children at large.

Above: All of this should be yours

I’m not playing Devil’s advocate. I believe games can be art. I believe Grand Theft Auto is art. I believe the appreciation of art to be ageless. And to avoid being fired, I should probably rattle off that the opinions in this article are mine, and not necessarily those of GamesRadar, because I genuinely and wholeheartedly believe that kids of all ages should be able to buy, play and enjoy Grand Theft Auto IV.

Take a walk, Thompson.

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  • MarcoBaby - October 21, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    I Was Introduced To GTA3 By My Father. I Knew Nothing About The Series & I Fell In Love The Moment I Started Playing. Afterwards It Kinda Became MY Game Due To The Fact I Never Gave Him A Chance To Play Anymore.
  • RobotsRevFront - February 13, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    i was 8 and my dad let me go on gta sa and red dead redemption. Kids need gta :)
  • mrmorozov987 - February 1, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    While I would necessarily say that kids should play it, what with all the strip clubs and all, you're absolutely right in saying that the series is just as harmful to the brain as Tic-Tacs.
  • Forsakenday - August 23, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    @Slayer he's from Serbia.
  • Xplosive59 - August 23, 2010 8:41 p.m.

    the problem is is that parents only see in black and white (mostly) ussually if a game is said tobe bad by the news they automatically believe that this game is the work of satan, most parants dont even believe that videogames have story or even cut scenes let alone think about the morals that the game has set, if you do something bad prepare to pay for it is the rule in most games but parents just hear the news and believe that you can do this stuff in game without consequences because thats all it is to them a game like monopoly where you can create your way of getting through it without believing that there is something holding you back, but in videogames it is not ussually as simple as get from point A to point B and there will ussually be something pushing against you depending on what your actions have been, if you gun down a bunch of civilians with an Ak-47 on route to point B make sure to make a drastic detour of that route because of what you have done, because after all its the player not the game
  • humpiedumpie - August 23, 2010 8:06 p.m.

    Amen to that
  • Slayer11496 - August 23, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    if anything GTA4 says crime never pays.Who wants to grow up and have their girlfriend killed by the mob, constantly get chased by cops, and realize that they're screwed for life? PS does anyone know where Nikko's from?
  • MrQueenie - August 23, 2010 12:33 p.m.

    I started playing Star Wars: Jedi Outcast were you can cut off arms at 5. Doom 3 when I was 9... And Gears of War at 10:)
  • FNG - May 23, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    I am 13 and i just got Red Dead Redemption from my dad.
  • robloxpwner - March 30, 2010 12:33 p.m.

    Im a Kid And i played GTA SA And then My 62 year old dad said "Its Violent!Dont play it!' And my bratty 13 year old sister Beated me up But still until today I keep thinking of the game and i wish to download it
  • AnonymouZ - February 12, 2010 10:44 p.m.

    oh hell no. as soon as i was getting a blowjob from a hooker i thought: goddamnit... there's a kid who's way younger than me who is actually watching this thing... it kinda soured the game for me for a while... till i realized... hey, i'm getting Niko a blowjob... AWESOME! xD
  • ecoman - December 9, 2008 9:27 p.m.

    with supervision of course.
  • newoleans1 - November 28, 2008 11:39 p.m.

    ha i know kids need to play GTA