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Edited by Recon Number 54: 9/9/2014 1:37:59 AM
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I'm not allowed to play Destiny anymore. :(

Well fellow Guardians, it looks like my adventure is coming to a premature close as I can no longer play Destiny with the lot of you because of unfortunate circumstances. It seems that Destiny is no longer allowed in the household. After finally downloading the beta, setting up my exo hunter and jumping into the game for a few hours, I was met with a powerful urge to use the bathroom after sitting for so long in my room, exploring Old Russia and beating the Devil's Layer (twice!). I knew that it would just be a quick trip across the hall to the bathroom, so I left the game running and didn't think to lock my door as I left my bedroom, the first mistake in a series of terrible tragedies. So, there I was just doing my business in the bathroom, eagerly thinking about what I was going to do next in game. Maybe I would go into the Crucible and try out some of my sharpshooting skills on my trusty sniper, or maybe I'd message one of my friends to see if he had finished the Beta download yet. The Beta had been great so far, and playing it with my friend would have made it 1000X better if my mother hadn't suddenly yelled from behind the bathroom door, "WHAT IS THIS!" Now, to give some context to my mother's attitude towards video games, let's just say that she thought Pokemon was a morally questionable game as it had you capture "little raving monsters" into "confining prisons" only to let them out for "bloodthirsty battles that make dogfights look tame". To sum it up, she was against video games for the most part and only allowed certain ones in the house, and that was on very rare occasions. The only reason we got a PS3 was for Little Big Planet as she thought it was cute enough to not be that harmful to my development. So as you can guess, when my mother walked into my room looking for me and was greeted by the sight of a large machine gun pointed at the remains of a Fallen Dreg, you can figure out how she reacted. "WHAT IS THIS!" Quickly washing my hands and exiting the bathroom, I saw my mom standing in my room looking at the TV screen and then turning to me with a pretty angry look on her face. I thought about running just to escape the lecture I knew was coming, but her angry eyes held me there like a butterfly pinned under glass. "Is [i]THIS[/i] what you've been doing in here? Playing this [b]AWFUL[/b] game for the past few hours!?" I told her that I was and that it was the first day of Beta. I tried to explain to her that it was a really fun game with not a lot of graphic violence, and that even though it had guns in it, it really wasn't that bad. Of course body on the screen didn't help, but I had to try something to stop her from freaking out even more. I even tried calming her down by saying that it was free to download, but that certainly didn't help as she suddenly thought that thousands of horribly violent games were readily available on "that gamestation" for free and she started questioning me if I had downloaded anything else of a suspicious nature. After her lecturing me about online pornography, how violent video games make you a violent person and how I was still young and impressionable from every form of media, she ended the talk by saying, "Just wait till your father hears about this." And wouldn't you know it before she left the room, she walked over to where my playstation was, unplugged it with a forceful jerk and walked right past me into the hallway, holding the playstation like it was an old, dirty rag in need of disposal. I don't know if I can even describe how sad and broken I felt in that moment. When my dad came home a few hours later I wasn't sure what to expect. Whenever he talks to me, it always seems to be in a more professional manner than a fatherly manner. Maybe it's just how he was raised, but I know that I will never see my father as a close, warm friend. When he came inside the house he smiled and hugged my mom, but as soon as he saw me, his face calmed and turned into a silent stare. I knew he was angry at me, and that silent stare brought more terror into me than any yelling could ever do. He set his work things down and calmly walked into the kitchen to sit in his chair at the small wooden table we had from years before. It was his silent signal for me to come sit down and talk with him about what had happened earlier. My father sat there with his back to me, just simply reading the newspaper as I approached the table. He didn't say anything to me when I sat down next to him and he just waited a couple of minuets before speaking. "So, how'd your day go?" I told him it was good. That was all. I knew he wouldn't ask the question right away. "Your mom called me earlier today, she asked how work was going, you know how she is, and if we would be able to take a trip up north later this year. I think that if scheduling goes right, and your grandparents are available, then we should be able to go sometime in mid-August. What do you think?" I said it was fine. The trip would be fun. "I think it will be quite enjoyable too." He paused for a moment. "Your mother also told me that you and your friend Ashton were planning on playing a game today. Something called Destiny?" I nodded, knowing what was coming. "And it's a video game?" More nodding. "I see." "Now you know how we feel about video games, correct? And you [i]especially[/i] know how we feel about violent ones, right?" I don't even move my head, I just look down at the floor. "I know you do. Now while I was at work, I took some time to research this game of yours and you know what interesting things I found out? It is indeed a violent, shooting video game. Now what made you think that it was okay for you to play that without first asking us? I know that you are growing up, but there are very concrete rules that everyone in this household must abide by, and while you are still living here, you must follow them." My eyes are closed tight, my face still towards the floor. "Another interesting thing I found out was that there are very specific looking monsters in this game, I believe that they were called the Fallen and the Hive, that resemble very dark beings, almost demons if you will. Is that really the type of game I want my son to play? I don't think so." "Along those same lines, I found in the game that there's something called a Devil Walker?" My young brain can only come up with one thought amidst the pain, "Shit." "Now I'm not sure if you already knew about this so called Devil Walker in the game, and if you did you would definitely know the consequences, but amongst everything else that's wrong with that game called Destiny, that is the one thing that we cannot tolerate whatsoever. I believe I made it perfectly clear when you were young that anything pertaining to the Devil is not allowed in this household. [b]Nothing[/b] at all." It was the final nail in the coffin. A warm stinging starts to fill my eyes. "So as you can see, that game of yours violates one of the most fundamental rules I have laid down, and action must be taken to remedy this violation. You will delete any trace of that game from this house and you will have restricted access to the playstation, do you understand?" A single grieving nod. "Furthermore, you will start attending biblical school more often as you have obviously strayed from your teachings by disobeying your father and you mother. These are the consequences for your actions. You're dismissed." I wiped the tears from my face and got up from the table. I could barely see through the layer of saline in my eyes as I walked down the hallway to my room. With the broken hopes and dreams of a wonderful gaming experience, I cried myself to sleep thinking about the lost game that I'll never play and the fact that I fu[i]c[/i]king hate bible school.
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  • I think that you're parents are absolutely wrong. I am 14, yes very young, and not fully matured yet, but I believe that if a child understands whats the rights and wrongs in life first, then modernized violent games will not influence them. You seem very mature (if this VERY descriptive story is real), therefore I don't think the game will make you end up being the next terrorist. I was born Catholic, the only rules in the household is no disobeying the word of the lord (in some lesser extent), and you cannot switch religions. Some parents need to see that, you can't protect your child forever, you should set them up for the real world before its too late (I think video games are a part of this too). If you don't play video games when you're younger, how are you going to time manage how you play video games later in the future if you don't have a base to start with when move out of the house? I know this may sound a bit idiotic, because its video games, but there are so many things video games can teach you
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  • BAHAHAHAHAHAHA I call BS.
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    • Dude I never knew this would ever go on in the real world, I showed a lot of sympathy after reading this. I even had ideas for a great argument against what your parents say, like are you usually a frustrated person with video games because there's an article about how scientists tested 500 collage students on their level of anger through frustration, to sum it up frustration leads to aggression which I think is totally hypocritical of your parents to talk about avoiding to become aggressive/violence/hostile when during you experience your parents were being hostile towards you. If you hate bible school to whatever religion your in, then I guess join the Church of Jesus Christ of a Latter- Day Saints because if your parents won't let you leave whatever religion your in then just f*** with them by joining another, and through experience most of the Mormons I've meet are nice and welcoming who can defiantly solve your problems, they won't be like " If you do not obey your parents you will be DAMNED to hell" their just like your other friends all nice, kind, and equal with one another. Again you don't have to join the church it's just a suggestion, but I wish every one of you happiness (That sounded weird), and if you need someone to argue against your parents I'm your man. Stay strong Guardian.
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      • How old are you, dude? Sounds like you have religiously strict parents. If you're close to 18 then that is really kind of whack.
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        • Edited by TripleBooya: 9/12/2014 11:35:06 PM
          First off, I'm pretty sure this is fiction. If it's not, your parents are not ...intelligent. I'm a Christian and can tell you that the bible itself is just as violent as Destiny
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          • Your parents are god damn morons and God isn't real.
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            • Edited by Titan Commandant: 10/10/2014 1:36:22 AM
              I kinda feel this is geared toward Bible Bashing...though I have known some families to be this strict before. Had a Neighbor gal friend of my sisters who couldn't see harry potter cus it had witches in it. Far be it from me to tell parents how to raise their kids but plenty of examples have shown that if you funnel them too much, once they come of age...the damn is broken so to speak far beyond their expectations. Moderation is Everything. Parents have to be respondsible. Its good the Dad (if this is real) did his research...shows he's actually involved. And I can understand the "No Devil" at all bit too as in truth this word still has much context around those who believe one belief or another. So for that argument, there really is none. The pokemon bit is a bit far though, in my opinion, but again, not my kid, never my call. All parents can do is take their best guess at raising kids, heck, I myself couldn't watch the Simpsons til I was 13 (I snuck over to a friends house a few times though ;)). But my Dad took me to violent movies eventually & my Mom bought me Twisted Metal when I was 12-14, I think. Moderation, respondsibility, involvement....this is what our country needs in its parents...and watch how it changes our kids, our future.
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            • Edited by spacepoptart: 9/4/2014 8:28:48 AM
              I believe OP, this shit is not far fetched at all. I was raised a Jehovah's Witness and this pretty much summed up anytime I tried to play Pokemon, Zelda, hell even watching Power Rangers or stuff like that. My father threw away my CD collection once, which had stuff like Linkin Park and Eminem, even Hoobastank or fuggen Maroon 5. My mom threw away my Pearl Version which I had his so well and poured hours into, being my first Pokemon game that I bought myself and saved up for. Worst feels. OP, if story is true, endure! The future will be better :)
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              • Sorry about your gaming situation dude! On a brighter note, you are one heck of a writer! If you can't game, maybe you should focus on creative writing? You clearly have a knack for the written word. Hope everything works out for you. I will kill many Fallen in your honor!
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              • Edited by EL ROCKSTEADY: 8/17/2014 11:53:22 PM
                LOL, this was not written by a kid. And it if it was, you should be more than intelligent enough to work around the problem.
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              • Tf😂😂😂 this shit made me laugh. Your parents got a five foot pole in their asses. Why did you cry? Destiny is fun but there's no reason to cry about it😂😂
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              • It seems like the whole thing was another subtle (yet VERY elaborate) way if saying "change the name back to spider tank".
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              • [quote]Another interesting thing I found out was that there are very specific looking monsters in this game, I believe that they were called the Fallen and the Hive, that resemble very dark beings, almost demons if you will[/quote] Surely if she thinks that demons are bad then why not eradicate as many of them as possible! Hasn't anyone in your family heard of heroes fighting demons. This is a modernised version of that. And if you think that sounds stupid then would you rather alien zombie "demons" roam the earth and consume everyone's soul.[spoiler]argument solved[/spoiler]
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              • Ummm....... If this was true I wouldn't forum about it..... *is speechless*
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              • Thanks again for all the support everyone, and have a tremendous time playing Destiny. Fight on Guardians.
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                • Wonderfully written, friendo. I also grew up in a religious household where no violent video games were allowed. It's saddening to not be able to enjoy your preferred style of entertainment. Pro-tip: Leave when you're 18, play whatever you want, and enjoy a comfortable, secular life. It's amusing that fundamentalist christian parents want their kids to read the bible, (which is filled with genocide, -blam!-, and slavery) but want to abolish violent video games and movies.
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                  • I'd love to see how your parents would react to Warhammer 40K
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                    • look man i didnt even have to read your entire story to see not only how decently the grammar is but the overall organization of your statement and your concerns, the amount of time you put into the post alone either shows a clear amount of patience and organized delivery or you just have this much time on your hands and want the attention either way based of that first glance i can say you are clearly a concise enough of a person to both understand what is and what isnt bad for your own "development" tell your mother to stop playing the mom card and allow yourself to develop as a fellow human..this post seems....awkward? idk
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                    • Download it secretly through the playstation store.[spoiler]they'll never know, your parents don't seem like people who would understand the extent of technology[/spoiler]
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                      • MY PARENTS ARE DEAD!!! But Alfred lets me play :)
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                        • Wow, this thread is still going? Dang.
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                          • how dare she think of pokemon like that pokemon is my second favorite game besides this one idk about x&y though with those stupid fairy types
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                            • Funny part is. This is fake
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                            • Cool story bro. Unfortunately, if you're as young as you seem, I'm going to have to side with the parents. Of course, they sound pretty stupid, but they have good intentions and I assume you won't always be under their control. Also, you FIGHT the Devil Walker. If we don't teach our children to fight the Devil, then he's going to steal their souls and force them not to throw stones at gay people or something like that. Try going with that angle, and draw support from all those fighting guys in the Old testament. Hell, Moses supposedly drowned hundreds of people, right after God killed all their firstborn sons. But since they were the bad guys, it was okay.
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                              • God forbid they saw u playing Dante's inferno... Damn I'm sorry
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                              • I've been playing violent video games since Counter Strike as a pre-kindergartner and now I'm in a University pursuing a career in Business. Always having great grades. Don't know about the stigma of "violent games = violent personality." As your parents are misinformed. I apologize that you have to go through this, I sincerely hope that you guys can have a compromise.
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