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#Halo

9/10/2010 1:21:49 AM
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Honestly, was it wrong of me to do this?

I work at GameStop and today a Latino woman and her son came in. The son (who looked like he was around 13 or 14 years old) spoke English fine but the woman had very broken English. What I could make out from her is that she wanted to pre-order Halo Reach for her son. I was very concerned because she might not realize what kind of violence and language she would be exposing her son to so I had my other GameStop employee (his name is Ricardo, speaks Spanish and English) warn her about the game's violence in Spanish and she was able to understand and then scolded her son for trying to get such a game. Did I do the right thing?
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] wu haoxuan [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] The Shepherd214 Congratulations, you ruined the kid's young life. The game isnt even rated for language, and most of the blood you see is blue and purple. Probably 90% of his friends will be playing it and he will be twiddling his thumbs with nothing to do because his well-intentioned but ignorant mother doesnt want him to hear next to no cursing and to see fake alien blood. And to top it off, the kid is a teen. If he cant handle a game's mild violence, he has more problems to worry about. Once again, congrats.[/quote] This is complete BS. No one's life is ruined because their parents didn't buy them a video game on release day. Actually, OP gave excellent customer service to the person who was actually buying the game. The kid can always play the game when he's at his friends' houses. You know basically nothing about the kid's mom, so you really aren't qualified to speak to her intentions or her intelligence. 86.26% of all quoted percentages are made up on the spot. And for all you know, the kid could have a messed up past that makes him particularly sensitive to violence. In short, nothing you said should be taken seriously.[/quote] Dont give me your BS. If the mother denied him a game, that really can be viewed by most audiences, simply because she views it in the same way that Fox News says that Mass Effect is a space -blam!- game, then that is ridiculous. Of course i over-exaggerated by saying his life is ruined, but if you cant play Bungie's swan song over a BS technicality, then it would suck pretty bad. Quit being Mr. Rogers, okay?
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  • Because video game violence is such a big problem. Ooohh. *shakes hands mysteriously* But in all seriousness, you were just doing your job, which you are paid for. So, yes. [Edited on 09.10.2010 9:04 PM PDT]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Spartan 104 Yes, you were just doing your job.[/quote] While parents should educate themselves before getting to a store, you still did the right thing since it seems the kid was trying to pull a fast one over his mom. Personally, growing up, my parents were okay with violent games but any form of -blam!-ity in games they definitely wouldn't let me get. And I hear its the exact opposite over in Europe. lol
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] WlLL FERRELL Probably[/quote]
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  • I bet the kid died a little inside when that happened.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Hi iTs SlayeR Heres how I view it as... *If he was Mature: YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF FOR LETTING THE KID NOT HAVE SUCH AN AWESOME GAME IN A FEW DAYS... *If he was infact a immature kid: im proud of you my man. You saved us from another little kid on Halo. [/quote] What SlayeR said.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] A 3 Legged Goat You did the responsible thing. Don't feel bad or guilty for "spoiling" anything. And yes, Reach has some bad language--even the F word is in there at one point...[/quote] What'ch you talkin bout willis? I've seen the entire campaign and i didn't hear the F word.
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  • No you weren't wrong at all. The mother obviously was not aware of the violence that Halo: Reach had in it. When your parents restrict you from something they generally have a good reason. And the fact that the kid didn't tell his mother about the game's violence implies that he wasn't mature enough anyways.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] THOR HAMMER 117 Wait is scolding the hot water kind of thing or sharp smacking? Either way ouch the mothers reaction was wrong Cuz it was more violent than the actual game but still one one hand one less sale on the other you can still work for your living there any spell corrections please notify me :)[/quote] Scolding usually refers to angry talking. When a dog pees on the carpet you scold it saying "BAD DOG!". Although some kids do need a good beating every once in awhile.
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  • Wait is scolding the hot water kind of thing or sharp smacking? Either way ouch the mothers reaction was wrong Cuz it was more violent than the actual game but still one one hand one less sale on the other you can still work for your living there any spell corrections please notify me :)
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  • If he was a Halo fan, than I feel really sorry for him. What was his reaction when his mother told him this?
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  • Wow, if what you say is true this child is such a baby. I'm 14, 15 in January. I earn my own money for Halo Reach, then brought it over the internet using my Mums Credit Card. Of course I gave her the money from my Wallet straight afterwards. I've been playing violent games since I was seven. Hell, I played GTA vice City when I was seven. I'm fine, I got 7's in my Sat's doing great socially and my Parents trust me enough to use their cards without permission. Because I always tell them what I buy, and pay them back straight away. If the Woman scolded the Child, for not telling her there was "Violence." then the Mother obviously does not trust the child, or is part of some sort of religious group (Possibly just stuck up, and stuck in the past :p.)
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  • you did your job. it sucks but you did what you had to do. i would have been uber pissed at that age if i was denied of my halosss. but even then I wouldnt hate you. It's your job. i'd rage at my moms.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] VastDillon yes[/quote] No
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  • I have an argument against the language thing within the game. My mom wouldn't let my little brother pre-order this game because she's afraid it will make him cuss because the game has "so much language." So, to help my brother out, I did a little research. In all four of the Halo games made, the cutscenes TOTAL to 20 curse words. That's five per game, on average. Sgt. Johnson, our resident badass, is responsible for nine of these all by himself. Combat dialogue doesn't cuss that much more either (read: very rarely), and the blood is not anything severe at all (a few drops here and there on a Spartan getting shot). Why did the original three Halos receive an "M" rating then? The Flood and their gory violence and look. But wait, no Flood were on Reach! You're right, but this planet's getting glassed. It's safe to assume you see some comrades die (Marines, Spartans, whatever) and that's pretty violent in and of itself. My opinion? You prevented a kid from getting a game for the wrong reasons. If his mom didn't want to let him play after hearing what I said, then it is her decision and must be respected. But she was out of the context there, and I do believe her judgement to have been biased. Did you do the right thing? It's a tough call, man. You do what you gotta do though! Your heart was definitely in the right place.
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  • I'm not sure. I mean I started Halo when I was 10 years old, I am now 18 years old. I know that if I had a parent like that and you advised her not to get it me, I'd be heartbroken, considering Halo is one of my all time favourite games. On the other end, you were just doing your job. If you didn't do it properly, then you'd likely be in trouble with the manager if he caught you red-handed selling a kid an M rated game. So for your sake, yes you did the right thing. Not sure about the kid though.
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  • you did your job, stop thinking about it.
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  • Well, his mom obviously thought so. And you may have saved us from one more screaming little kid on Reach.
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  • HOLY -blam!- DUDE, IF YOU DID THAT TO ME I'D RIP YOUR -blam!- FACE OFF AND SHOVE IT UP YOUR ASS!!! But yeah, it was probably for the best
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  • what did u say to her? how violent do you think it is? and he was 13-14? i was playing M rated games since i was 12. you probably technically did the right thing, but on the douche scale, this ranks up pretty high...
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  • Sure I feel sorry for the kid, but you did what you should do from an employment standpoint. I am an accountant at my workplace. I run into that kind of crap all the time. Do I sympathize with the shenanigans people want to pull? Sure. Do I let them? No, I'm obligated to act with integrity.
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  • I think your decision was the right one, and yes I am 14. The reason I think that is the kid most likely deceived his mom, and there for shouldn't be playing video games because video games should be a reward for doing well in school and what not. However, if the mom already new about the nature of the game because the kid explained it to her in spanish and the way your co-worker phrased it over exaggerated the graphic nature of the violence caused her to change her mind then, no you, or your co-worker did the wrong thing. Although thats probably false and you did the right thing.
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  • Hm...hold on let me pluck the pedals off a flower really quick...eh heck with that idea. From my view and other peoples views...yeah yes and no. Yes because you know you thought of what was best for the parents sake and did what you had to as a employee. The no...well he wont be able to experience reach like everyone else and a good chance that he might not for a long time in his house.
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  • You did the right thing by informing the mother of the content of the game. However I do think the mother overreacted since Halo is not that violent, at least when compared to other shooters like Gears. [Edited on 09.10.2010 4:29 AM PDT]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Spartan 104 Yes, you were just doing your job.[/quote]
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  • No, you made the CoD fan numbers go up, jack ass.
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