Ds wants Halo 3 for his 12th birthday next month

(59 Posts)
MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 09-Feb-13 13:26:11

It's a game apparently.

Its also a 15.

I have said no and he thinks IBU.

Am I?

Geranium3 Tue 12-Feb-13 19:38:51

And there's me thinking you were in a dilemma about your ds wanting a fairy halo set and about to send a sensitive reply to you OP!!!!!
Can you tell i only have dds {wink}

MrsReiver Tue 12-Feb-13 15:35:55

You should try it Chickens, it's fantastic fun and easier if you've got two people playing. Plus the kids will love the novelty of bossing you around grin

DH has just traded in COD but I was eying Battlefield 3 this morning when I was in a bad mood - I might have to have a wee shot this evening....

PrincessUnderpaid Tue 12-Feb-13 15:29:29

We have some great family time playing together, it might not float everyones boat but we have spent many a rainy afternoon playing Lego LOTR - the lego games are some of my favourite ever! The Harry Potter series is fantastic. After dark, i must admit i enjoy a bit of COD, excellent stress relief.

God, no MrsReiver. I stick my tongue out and move the controller all over the place when I play. I'm completely pants.

Zigzagwanderer Tue 12-Feb-13 14:37:39

I banned these games when my ds was 11-12 yrs. Then my Dp let him have COD when he turned 13, I tried to put my foot down but got bullied by my Dp to let him have it.. I get accused of over reacting and apparently I make a taboo out of it.
The thing is he often goes to his friends houses and they all have these games, so what's the point in banning them when he has easy access to them elsewhere. At least if he's here I can keep an eye out and tell him when to turn it off.
I wouldn't let him have ANY GTA game but he has friends younger than him who own it.
If you don't let him have the game now, he'll only find another way to play them.
It's not right but its impossible to keep them away.

fuzzpig Tue 12-Feb-13 14:34:02

YANBU

I also think Halo 3 is fine for a 12 year old. I agree it is more like Ben 10 than more violent realistic games like COD.

Portal is ace I would recommend too.

I wouldn't allow him to play it online though unless you heavily moderate who he is playing with.

MrsReiver Tue 12-Feb-13 14:28:09

You tried playing Portal in co-op mode with one of your DS Chickens?

My DS's (12 and 9) play Halo. They're not allowed to play online. They also love Portal, although it does my head in. I am rubbish at computer games and end up ricocheting between rooms while they point and laugh.

MrsReiver Tue 12-Feb-13 14:20:24

Portal is fantastic, challenging, clever and really funny. I had to pause and drag DH through when I found a BSOD in the game the other day.

Totally Kumquat - the best way to know what your kids are up to is to pick up a controller and play it yourself, research. At least that's what I tell myself when I spend hours playing Skyrim instead of doing housework. My wee house outside Dawnstar is tidier than my real one grin

KumquatMae Tue 12-Feb-13 12:49:50

Oh yes Portal is EXCELLENT.
I think all parents have a responsibility to know what their kids are playing, and the best way to do that is to play the games yourself :D

MiaowTheCat Tue 12-Feb-13 12:23:36

Halo I have minimal issues with (apart from my husband sulking when he gets stuck... ok, I don't like him shooting the funny little aliens that run around and say all the daft lines cos they're cute) - things like COD with more realistic violence I've got a much stronger line on... and I wouldn't want a kid that age getting sucked into the multiplayer (although we're cheapskates and won't pay for more Xbox live time so have offline play only in this house, plus the 360's never had a very reliable connection to the internet for some reason).

And yep, guilty of having the Portal song as my phone ringtone.

PrincessUnderpaid Tue 12-Feb-13 11:12:57

The Portal games are fab for problem solving with a great big gun that shoots holes and makes portals to pass through!

www.amazon.co.uk/Electronic-Arts-Portal-Xbox-360/dp/B004IEA4QE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1360667552&sr=8-2

valiumredhead Tue 12-Feb-13 11:02:47

Yeah I'm just about ok with Assasins creed ( I turned off the blood)

Flobbadobs Tue 12-Feb-13 10:58:33

Halo is pretty tame compared to others, DS plays it as well as Assassins Creed. When he had a PS2 he played a few of the Medal of Honour games, mainly the DDay landings one which was very good and based on accounts from WW2 veterans.
some idiot a family member bought him COD for Christmas and tbh I did let him have a go but he soon got bored with the fact that there was no real story to it, just shooting and swearing! He prefers Fifa, he is the Alex Ferguson of the X Box...

StuntGirl Tue 12-Feb-13 10:55:32

Well to be fair ALL of it should be controlled by the parent Cortana, online or not. Your average parent doesn't bother with parental controls.

PrincessUnderpaid Tue 12-Feb-13 10:54:28

H is a huge gamer, he doesnt drink, smoke or shoot people in the street.

H and DS have been playing Halo 4 since christmas (DS is 8), DS sees it a bit like Ben 10 -fighting the alien bad guys. The guns are all a bit space age and the landscapes are far away worlds, DS has devloped a keen interest in Space and Pyhsics since he started playing Halo so its some consolation.

Cortana Tue 12-Feb-13 10:48:22

<crosses arms over chest>

Cortana Tue 12-Feb-13 10:47:31

Online play with others can (and should) be controlled by the parent though Stunt. XBOX live has brilliant parental controls that can be adjusted and customised. If you're hearing people swearing over your child's Xbox this is a great place to start.

DS plays online, he cannot hear other players, speak to them, receive messages or friend requests. Any emails from or through Xbox come to my account. I have complete control. It doesn't have to be reason not to play, all he gets from online play is a team who aren't AI which adds a lot to team games IMHO.

KumquatMae Tue 12-Feb-13 10:45:31

I'd say Halo is fine for that age. We are a family of gamers and have pretty firm rules on what we will and won't allow. There is no blood (characters fly across the screen and land in amusing positions though!), and no bad language. If you don't play online (not necessary at all) there's nothing to worry about.
You may get some comments about Cortana's massive boobs though..

StuntGirl Tue 12-Feb-13 10:37:33

Games shops can not put Halo on for you due to the age rating. Any shop that does that is risking getting in a lot of trouble if they got caught doing it. Shops have preciously got got caught and have previously got in trouble (job losses and everything). So I'm bemused that they'd take that risk!

You don't need any better reason that no. It's a 16, he isn't old enough, so no. End of.

However...as others have said its shooting aliens. The deaths are not as graphic as say, Call of Duty, Dishonoured or even Skyrim.

However...unless you're not online with you 360 I wouldn't consider it in a million years. Online play with other people is so bad, language wise, if it were subject to ratings it wouldn't even get one and would be banned. Not something I would be interested in exposing my 12 year old to.

BarredfromhavingStella Tue 12-Feb-13 10:35:51

GTA & COD are in a different league to Halo, I would however always have a look at an age rated game myself & decide if it was appropriate, could either you or DH play it to see what you think?

BegoniaBampot Tue 12-Feb-13 10:32:02

i have a 10 yr old (also 7 yr old) who is desperate to play older games like his friends who have been playing cod for a few years. sure he would enjoy halo, is it better to start with the first and follow the story then? he has avatar, skyrim and now thor and battleship. i really struggle with this.

mercibucket Tue 12-Feb-13 10:10:12

its a bit out of date now tbh, try halo4

Sugarice Tue 12-Feb-13 10:07:39

I'd let him have it.

I've got three teen boys , the youngest being 13 and they've all played these games for a few years with no ill effect on them, they know it's a fantasy game.

if he's unlikely to use violence in real life then I see no harm in him playing it

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