Ask Amy: ‘Best of’ column addresses video gaming
Dear Readers: Every year I step away from my column briefly to work on other creative projects. (Anyone interested in my personal essays and photographs can subscribe to my free newsletter: amydickinson.substack.com).
I’ll be back next week. Today’s “Best of” topic from 10 years ago concerns video gaming.
Dear Amy: My husband and my father are both video gamers.
A new version of their favorite game just came out, and I became aware that it is rated M-Mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.
The two men believe it is perfectly acceptable for our six- and four-year-old boys to watch and play this game.
I equate an M rating as equivalent to watching an R-rated movie and am insistent that the boys cannot watch or play this game.
They are arguing that the kids have played previous versions, also rated M (unbeknownst to me), therefore no harm is being done.
I am being accused of overreacting and being controlling.
The kids are also now angry at me for pulling the plug.
Am I overreacting? Should I allow “limited” playing?