For the last week (or 8. But who's counting?), the boys have been begging, pleading, and basically annoying the crap out of us to get the game Call of Duty for the Xbox.
They have the money to pay for it themselves. Yes, they have played it before at friends' houses.
I just don't know what to do here.
My policy is no. It's rating is too high/old/mature (whatever you would call it). I think that they should have to wait for games like that. For one, the subject matter is disturbing. For 2, the language is horrible. And 3, they should have something to look forward to as they get older. Not only that, but shooting someone to kill them, even in a video game, is SO NOT OK.
They argue that there are cheat codes to turn off the blood and language. They'll pay for it. They've played it before.
They are generally good boys. While I complain that they should 'do more' around the house, there are probably few boys as well behaved and polite as my two. They're loved by their teachers, get excellent grades, don't get in trouble, and have nice friends.
Not that he's ready to say yes, but Headless Dad said that if we do say yes that there will be major restrictions on how long they're able to play each day. In addition, if we notice any behavior changes in the boys the game would be the first thing to go. (Which I almost think would be worse: taking it away after they've had it? I'd end up being the bad guy, police man, and the parole officer all rolled into one.)
I also think that giving in right now is a slippery slope. Once they have this one, it will be harder to say no to other games, regardless of content.
We are trying to discuss this, be rational, be fair. Dammit, rational and fair are HARD.
Remember: my boys are 9 and 11. (Grade 3 and 5)
So tell me, internets? What would you do? Would you let your boys have this game? (Or games like it?) What is your 'house policy' on video games, especially ones with questionable content? When did you cave to 'older' games and did you regret your decision? If you had it to do over, would you choose differently?
I'd love to hear any and all opinions on this because I/we are really having trouble with this one!