6 Reasons why kids should play GTA

The last five Grand Theft Auto games carry a average Metacritic score of 92 out of 100. Even if you care less about review scores, you have to admit that’s still pretty damned impressive. Parents, surely you’ve shared a movie you love with your children that others might consider inappropriate. “Don’t tell your mother, ‘cause tonight... we’re watching Goodfellas!” Why deny your children one of the most well regarded games of all time?

Even television has made exceptions, with uncensored airings of cultural milestones like Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List for the purpose of education. Think comparing GTA to serious works of historical film is a bit of a stretch? "People ought to use Grand Theft Auto in the classroom to think about values and ideology," says James Paul Gee, author of What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy. Why not?!

And the game is funny! Even if you can’t have a laugh at a ragdolling senior citizen, there’s plenty of humor and social commentary. Lazlow’s radio broadcast alone is responsible for some of the most laugh-out-loud moments in all of gamedom, plus it provides context to the action while maintaining a setting only an imbecile wouldn’t interpret as parody. I don’t have kids, but when I do, they better have a sense of humor or I’m taking a switch to them.

Never Give Up
Beside, kids are going to play it anyway. But for you kids who can’t get your hands on a copy, remember: Amazon doesn’t ID. They can’t! Barring that, talk to one of your friends with divorced parents. They always have the good shit.

My parents wouldn’t let me watch violent movies and refused to buy me videogames. But I had plenty of friends who provided access, and they walked me through the finer points of Robocop and Mortal Kombat. Those friends? All of them have great careers, stable relationships, and have started families while I’m the perpetually single miscreant, with light addictions to alcohol, smut and fart jokes. I’m living proof of the worst videogames can do. This is as bad as it gets, folks.

Well, maybe Cosplay.

Above: Niko, doing an impression of all your faces on April 29th

Apr 25, 2008

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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

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