I was at a video game store and witnessed this exact scene. The kid wanted to get a Sonic the Hedgehog game, but had the misfortune of having a mom that doesn’t understand how to interpret the ESRB game rating. The rating for the Sonic the Hedgehog game said that the game was suitable for everyone (Rated E for battle violence). The mom said that she couldn’t get it because it said “violence” in the rating. I wanted to butt in, but stopped for fear of getting one of those parents who don’t take especially well to advice that could speak badly of their parenting. I mean a rated E for battle violence is like saying “Bambi” is rated G for implied violence. It just doesn’t hold the same meaning as if it were rated M for Mature audiences only.

If I ever have kids and do something similar to this I hope someone has the balls to tell me I’m being ridiculous (assuming I don’t realize first and shoot myself for becoming the old person I never hoped to be).


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