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GTA's Lazlow: Parents who buy kids RDR, GTA are bad parents

With every game publisher Rockstar releases, it seems like the idea of videogame violence as "controversial" dies just a little. In fact, we've barely heard a peep from would-be culture critics over the release of Red Dead Redemption, despite ads for it being plastered seemingly everywhere we look. However, that didn't stop the question of violence from coming up in a BBC interview with Lazlow, who's been all but synonymous with Grand Theft Auto and Rockstar for nearly a decade now.

"Our games are not designed for young people," Lazlow said after being asked how he felt about accusations that games cause real-world violence. "If you're a parent and buy one of our games for your child you're a terrible parent," Lazlow said.

Violence wasn't the focus of the 13-question interview (which is almost surprising), and really, Lazlow was reaffirming something Rockstar's been saying for years: it makes adult games for adult tastes. But it's always nice to see someone like Lazlow telling a mainstream audience something it should already know (even if some of us don't really agree) - and, reading his comments, it seems the hysteria over game violence and "controversy" has been dying down in general.

"I think ever since GTA IV came out and there were such rave reviews by major publications saying that this is actually art," Lazlow said, "the restrictions about being politically correct have largely fallen away."


Above: Even NPR loved Niko!

Be sure to check out the full interview for chat about Red Dead Redemption's long development, console wars and whether there'll ever be another GTA set in London.

Red Dead Redemption hoping for 'emotional response' (via Destructoid)

May 21, 2010

31 comments

  • megaganster321 - June 30, 2011 7:49 p.m.

    i am 13 years old and i played every rockstargame like manhunt 1 and 2, bully, gta 1 vice city ,san andreas , liberty city stories vice city stories, red dead. hell i might even work there when i get older. my point is i know whats right and whats wrong, like i am not going to kill people with baseball bat or going to steal a car after playing gta. or hide in dark and choke people with a plastic bag and then beat the crap out of them. i know i cant do that. i played all rckstar game i did not trun fucked up like all those under aged kids did. its an outlet for me to, when i get angry or mad i dont go beating up somebody or kill a guy i go in my room and play gta or manhunt and take it out in a game. so my point is you should let kids play what ever they want just whatch a trailer read something about it. like you are the ones that buy the game for us not the kids the grown ups do so it should not be our fault that some kids go all ape shit after playing manhunt or bully
  • Strangleme - May 24, 2010 3:29 p.m.

    Wow!! Lazlow is the man.
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  • TrIp13G - May 23, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    I'm glad my parents didn't let me play games like GTA until I convinced them at age 16. It gave me ample time to develop into the person I am now, which is to say not a spoiled, malevolent brat. Of course, I did get away with Duke 3D for my Packard Bell when I was 10, but even then I knew the difference between what I was witnessing through playing the game versus reality. I've never even been to a strip club, so I suppose the game didn't affect me that strongly. :P
  • thesuperspacejew - May 23, 2010 9:23 p.m.

    @QWERTY There are more GTA games out there than GTA4, and you can use a dildo in San Andreas as a weapon.
  • QWERTYCommander - May 23, 2010 9:12 p.m.

    @allthegoodnamesweretaken I don't think you could use a dildo as a weapon in GTAIV.
  • DarthCockels - May 23, 2010 5:08 p.m.

    Fuck the BBC. It's run by wizards.
  • Zzombie99 - May 23, 2010 1:14 p.m.

    I don't really think it has to do with the kid's age but the maturity, which most people on Xbox LIVE lack in general, with exceptions. I'm only 14 but I've played GTA, Modern Warfare 2, Bad Company 2, the works. But its how you handle it that counts. Like if you accept it's a game and live with it that's fine, but most kids out there would try to replicate it, and that's where their parents fail.
  • Nomaddic - May 23, 2010 6:14 a.m.

    I agree. Parent's need to pay attention to what their kids are being exposed to.
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 23, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    I love Lazlow and his talk shows, to the point that I extracted the raw audio file from GTA3 and listened to it sans game.
  • allthegoodnamesweretaken - May 22, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    forgot to put "is all right" first post fail lol.
  • allthegoodnamesweretaken - May 22, 2010 9:27 p.m.

    WHAT! bad parents, my parents let me play medal of honor when i was 5 when i was 9 i played gta vc and i was fine im now 13 and i play modern warfare 2 religously and i am very civilised compared to a most adult gamers i never boost i help my team by talking (not shouting,swearing or being racist sexist etc etc) i think as long as the kids are mature enough to know killing an old woman with a dildo on gta is funny and killing an old woman in real life with a dildo is just wrong.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - May 22, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    I've played every GTA except london. most of the time nobody cared that i wasn't 17 but sometimes i'd have to give the cash to my parents. Since I turned 17 I've boughten 3 Rockstar titles. GTA: Chinatown Wars,GTA: Episodes From Liberty City, and Red Dead Redemption(currently playing), and i haven't been carded to buy any of them.
  • FalconMbuster - May 22, 2010 5:34 p.m.

    @Xplosive59 By that logic, R-rated movies would be treated the same as pornography as well. Its not the advertising so much as parents buying games they shouldn't. My parents wouldn't let me play GTA till I was 15, and only because they didn't know I was. Makes me a little shit I know, but at least they set some boundaries. @JHawk Your not.
  • Bloodstorm - May 22, 2010 4:42 p.m.

    I don't think every M rated game is as bad as the other. I mean, Halo is barely qualified as M rated, but RDR or GTAIV are definitely meant for a much older player. Not to say that I didn't have my hands on M rated games when I was 13. I think if your kid can't handle violence then you most likely already know you kid has mental issues in the first place. Video games have just been made scapegoats for crappy parents and spoiled kids. I've played M rated games for a long time (my earliest being Bad Fur Day) and played T rated games even earlier, and never have I felt the need to kill some one out in the real world where actions have consequences.
  • JHawk - May 22, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    How can you argue with this? Unless you're a 14 year old, pissed because his parents won't by him an M rated game this logic is infallible. I dissagree that every kid is magically ready for mature games at 18 but I do think that parent who are letting their 12 year olds play MW2 are doing their kids more harm than good. I think it is a parents responsibility to determine when their children are ready for mature content and there are far too many lousy parents who use video games as baby sitters. This goes for tv, and movies as well. Somebody give me a well thought out, logical explaination for why I am wrong...
  • TheKennedyCurse - May 22, 2010 3:47 p.m.

    It's so true. I'm so sick of trying to play Gears of War, Halo, CoD, or any other mature multiplayer games, and there will be tonnes of annoying kids on it, screaming, saying stupid shit, and just generally being little assholes. Any parent who says "I'm buying this game for my son", should be turned away immediately.
  • Xplosive59 - May 22, 2010 3:08 p.m.

    if they really wanted to limit the amount of violence for kids i think they should not have 18+ games advertised in shops and have them behind the counter, just like the mystique pornography games back in the 80's
  • camelfro - May 22, 2010 8:54 a.m.

    games dont make kids violent-puberty and weapons do
  • leathery420 - May 22, 2010 8:46 a.m.

    I Think that there's nothing wrong with buying it for say a 13-14 year old as long as they know where stabin a guy becomes fun or very real and scary

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