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Ask Amy: An update reveals no ‘deviants’ in the house

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Readers: I value hearing back from people who have had their questions published in this space. Like you, I am curious about how people dealt with their dilemmas, and I wonder whether my advice was useful.

I’m happy to publish this “update” from a reader whose original question was published in June 2012.

The original Q&A is below, and the update follows.

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 boys, 4 and 6, 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.


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