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#1 Posted by Demoskinos (14878 posts) -

So I'm getting ready tonight to go see Spiderman its a 9:45 so we have some time to kill so me and my buddy go to FYE (yeah I know FYE sucks.) anyways this kid is asking his dad if he can get this poster and he seems pretty accepting of the idea until he learns that it's a "Halo" poster.

Cue ignorance. What follows next is the dad going off on his son about "When you gonna move on from this phase?" Kid was flummoxed he had no clue what the guy was talking about. Then he asks the kid why he didn't pick out the CD he wanted and kid told him because it was $26 and he thought it would be to expensive. Guy finally caves after much pleading from the kid. Mind you the kid wasn't whiny or yelling he was being completely civil the whole time. Yet the guy would have rather spent 3 times what the poster cost on a CD just because it was a videogame poster. Kinda wanted to go off on the guy. Wasn't like the kid was being a little jerk either. Anyone else get irritated by what still seems to be a large group of people are still completely ignorant and afraid of everything videogames?

#2 Posted by Jrad (623 posts) -

Well, I wouldn't let my kid have a Halo poster -- not because I'm ignorant when it comes to videogames, but because I'd rather he keep his room classy and Halo is not that. My rooms have always been bare, and I've never understood why some people seem to think decking their walls out with a hundred posters makes it look better.

#3 Posted by Clonedzero (4200 posts) -

yeah, its annoying, but hey, what can you do?

#4 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -

Ugh. Ignorance in general.

#5 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5284 posts) -

Amazing Spider-man I thought was pretty good and separated itself smartly from the first three films.

I get annoyed when people talk about games as being for kids only and you're immature if you play them. It shows ignorance and from the father a lack of interest in his child's hobbies.

#6 Posted by NoobSauceG7 (1250 posts) -

That pisses me off...

#7 Posted by TooWalrus (13218 posts) -

@Jrad said:

Well, I wouldn't let my kid have a Halo poster -- not because I'm ignorant when it comes to videogames, but because I'd rather he keep his room classy and Halo is not that. My rooms have always been bare, and I've never understood why some people seem to think decking their walls out with a hundred posters makes it look better.

I used to have a Halo poster...

#8 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

It's kinda funny. I know a lot of people who consider video games and graphic novels to be low brow, yet they'll still watch the movie adaptations.

#9 Posted by hwy_61 (923 posts) -

Great parenting.

Yes, I get irritated when people shit all over other people's tastes, just because they hold an opinion of it, therefore they're right. My stepson REALLY loves Star Wars, I on the other hand, have grown to fucking hate it with the passion of a thousand Suns. Does that mean I'm gonna shit all over Star Wars? Hell no. What kind of heartless bastard do you take me for? We went to go see Episode One: 3D, and you best believe I enjoyed the shit out of it, albeit groaning in my head throughout. Why? Because that's what being a good parent is all about. Just because you don't understand/don't like the kid's enjoyments, doesn't mean you have to make him/her feel like shit for it.

Put on a happy face, or be an asshole and risk the child distancing themselves from you.

#10 Posted by Demoskinos (14878 posts) -
@TooWalrus Jesus Christ. BSOD and a RROD? =(
#11 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5284 posts) -

@Jrad said:

Well, I wouldn't let my kid have a Halo poster -- not because I'm ignorant when it comes to videogames, but because I'd rather he keep his room classy and Halo is not that. My rooms have always been bare, and I've never understood why some people seem to think decking their walls out with a hundred posters makes it look better.

Some people believe it gives personality to the room and is a reflection upon themselves. I've had people come in my room, mostly girls (y'know, friends, family, girl friends) who have seen my room and wondered why all my walls are bare. I have been given stuff to hang as gifts from those people. I feel like you should have to give the kid the freedom of expression within reason to hang a poster or two but whatever, it would be your house and kid. As long as you aren't holding back the kids expression in almost every way possible which I doubt you're doing.

#12 Posted by MegaMetaTurtle (414 posts) -

My friend asked me if I thought I'd ever grow out of games.

I asked her if she thought she'd ever grow out of movies and books.

#13 Posted by TooWalrus (13218 posts) -

@Demoskinos: Yeah, something went horribly wrong when I was re-installing a new OS, and my brother had a busted xbox at the time, so I grabbed it, because I thought it would be a funny picture. That was a few years ago, haven't had a problem with an xbox or a PC since.

#14 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
#15 Posted by AngelN7 (2970 posts) -

I don't know why people think they should have a say in what your hobbies should be or even judge them when the person knows nothing about it , like in what sense does that affects you? , also posters are ok I have a DMC poster in my room I don't think it makes the room look better but I like the poster should I leave it folded and unrolled once in a while just to say " what a cool poster"? no!.

#16 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1647 posts) -

What can you do? Un-hip parents using ancient parenting techniques. He probably secretly wishes his kid grows up to be a serious dude-bro banging all the cheerleaders in high-school while he makes the [insert relevant sports team here] team; and goes out to drink copious amounts of beer whilst uttering homophobic and xenophobic phrases with an asinine grin plastered over his face. Just a theory.

#17 Posted by handlas (2685 posts) -

@MegaMetaTurtle said:

My friend asked me if I thought I'd ever grow out of games. I asked her if she thought she'd ever grow out of movies and books.

Sounds sexy. Continue the story plz.

#18 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11134 posts) -

As an owner of a Halo themed poster, I can say that...I dunno where I was going with that. It's not currently hanging on a wall though.

Amazing Spider-Man though, that's a helluva movie. I loved it. Didn't care for the other ones, but this one: Great.

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#19 Posted by WilliamHenry (1204 posts) -

@Demoskinos said:

So I'm getting ready tonight to go see Spiderman its a 9:45 so we have some time to kill so me and my buddy go to FYE (yeah I know FYE sucks.) anyways this kid is asking his dad if he can get this poster and he seems pretty accepting of the idea until he learns that it's a "Halo" poster. Cue ignorance. What follows next is the dad going off on his son about "When you gonna move on from this phase?" Kid was flummoxed he had no clue what the guy was talking about. Then he asks the kid why he didn't pick out the CD he wanted and kid told him because it was $26 and he thought it would be to expensive. Guy finally caves after much pleading from the kid. Mind you the kid wasn't whiny or yelling he was being completely civil the whole time. Yet the guy would have rather spent 3 times what the poster cost on a CD just because it was a videogame poster. Kinda wanted to go off on the guy. Wasn't like the kid was being a little jerk either. Anyone else get irritated by what still seems to be a large group of people are still completely ignorant and afraid of everything videogames?

Anyone else find it ironic that the father considers video games a phase, yet is perfectly fine with buying a cd that the kid will absolutely loathe in a year or two? I'd say that kids go through way more phases with music than just about anything else.

#20 Posted by Tarsier (1065 posts) -

@Jrad said:

Well, I wouldn't let my kid have a Halo poster -- not because I'm ignorant when it comes to videogames, but because I'd rather he keep his room classy and Halo is not that. My rooms have always been bare, and I've never understood why some people seem to think decking their walls out with a hundred posters makes it look better.

would you rather him have a spiderman one?

#21 Posted by BraveToaster (12589 posts) -

It's just another common misconception that people have about videogames and the people who play them. It is poor parenting to make your child feel like his/her interests are dismal. There's really nothing we can do about the way people feel about videogames.

#22 Posted by Still_I_Cry (2494 posts) -

I am sick of all kinds of ignorance.

#23 Posted by Ducksworth (662 posts) -

Went and saw Spiderman this morning, it was fantastic. Posters are stupid.

#24 Posted by Nonused (216 posts) -

I like FYE.

#25 Posted by Spoonman671 (4648 posts) -

I have more important things to get upset about.

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#26 Posted by Akyho (1658 posts) -

I was waiting in line to be served at a game store. A mother with her 5 year old son was in front. The kid ran off and came back with Spider man 2 for the ps2, he asked if he could get it. The mother said "No because Spidermans bad. He hurts people!"

Granted not game exactly but...still.

#27 Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish (1728 posts) -
@Jrad said:

Well, I wouldn't let my kid have a Halo poster -- not because I'm ignorant when it comes to videogames, but because I'd rather he keep his room classy and Halo is not that. My rooms have always been bare, and I've never understood why some people seem to think decking their walls out with a hundred posters makes it look better.

Wait, is this a serious reply? 
#28 Posted by JoeyRavn (4977 posts) -

@Jrad said:

Well, I wouldn't let my kid have a Halo poster -- not because I'm ignorant when it comes to videogames, but because I'd rather he keep his room classy and Halo is not that. My rooms have always been bare, and I've never understood why some people seem to think decking their walls out with a hundred posters makes it look better.

Damned people and their different tastes! When will they learn?

#29 Posted by pyromagnestir (4324 posts) -

@Jrad said:

Well, I wouldn't let my kid have a Halo poster -- not because I'm ignorant when it comes to videogames, but because I'd rather he keep his room classy and Halo is not that. My rooms have always been bare, and I've never understood why some people seem to think decking their walls out with a hundred posters makes it look better.

Only serial killers keep there rooms bare... Wait. Fuck... Don't come after me I swear I won't tell! My lips are sealed don't seal them for me please!

#30 Posted by ddensel (384 posts) -

Damned kids and the vidya pong. Go outside and play stickball!

#31 Posted by Brodehouse (9967 posts) -
@Akyho

I was waiting in line to be served at a game store. A mother with her 5 year old son was in front. The kid ran off and came back with Spider man 2 for the ps2, he asked if he could get it. The mother said "No because Spidermans bad. He hurts people!"

Granted not game exactly but...still.

In her defense, teaching a 5 year old the difference between abusive violence and vigilante justice sounds pretty tough. Maybe at 9-10 they can start understanding the concept of good and bad violence.

In the dad's case it's just another example of someone denying the value of something because they don't understand how someone would or could enjoy it. If he doesn't like it, then why would anyone else?
#32 Posted by Akyho (1658 posts) -

@Brodehouse said:

@Akyho

I was waiting in line to be served at a game store. A mother with her 5 year old son was in front. The kid ran off and came back with Spider man 2 for the ps2, he asked if he could get it. The mother said "No because Spidermans bad. He hurts people!"

Granted not game exactly but...still.

In her defense, teaching a 5 year old the difference between abusive violence and vigilante justice sounds pretty tough. Maybe at 9-10 they can start understanding the concept of good and bad violence. In the dad's case it's just another example of someone denying the value of something because they don't understand how someone would or could enjoy it. If he doesn't like it, then why would anyone else?

There is a defense for both sides. Overall...I dont want kids.

#33 Edited by NekuSakuraba (7241 posts) -

Damn kids and their virtual murdering alien simulators, you should be doing something productive with your life like doing drugs and geting drunk! *shakes fist*

#34 Posted by Jimbo (9819 posts) -

To be fair, posters do usually look tacky as fuck.

I used to cover my bedroom walls (like totally cover every inch) with cutaway posters of fighter jets. I think it was pretty classy.

#35 Posted by MikkaQ (10294 posts) -

@Jrad said:

Well, I wouldn't let my kid have a Halo poster -- not because I'm ignorant when it comes to videogames, but because I'd rather he keep his room classy and Halo is not that. My rooms have always been bare, and I've never understood why some people seem to think decking their walls out with a hundred posters makes it look better.

Tacking posters everywhere ain't classy, I agree. But neither is a bare room! Gotta have some tasteful art in there, preferably real paintings, or framed art posters.

#36 Posted by Izbaadin_Islamabad (71 posts) -

@Akyho said:

I was waiting in line to be served at a game store. A mother with her 5 year old son was in front. The kid ran off and came back with Spider man 2 for the ps2, he asked if he could get it. The mother said "No because Spidermans bad. He hurts people!"

Granted not game exactly but...still.

In her defense, he is a menace and is probably in cahoots with all those villains.

#37 Edited by stinky (1549 posts) -

@Izbaadin_Islamabad said:

@Akyho said:

I was waiting in line to be served at a game store. A mother with her 5 year old son was in front. The kid ran off and came back with Spider man 2 for the ps2, he asked if he could get it. The mother said "No because Spidermans bad. He hurts people!"

Granted not game exactly but...still.

In her defense, he is a menace and is probably in cahoots with all those villains.

shit, i've read The Daily Bugle, the guy needs to be locked up. masked freaked.

not sure which ignorance is worse, video game, or thinking you can rate a person's parenting skills on a 3 minute long conversation.

#38 Posted by kerse (2114 posts) -
@WilliamHenry

@Demoskinos said:

So I'm getting ready tonight to go see Spiderman its a 9:45 so we have some time to kill so me and my buddy go to FYE (yeah I know FYE sucks.) anyways this kid is asking his dad if he can get this poster and he seems pretty accepting of the idea until he learns that it's a "Halo" poster. Cue ignorance. What follows next is the dad going off on his son about "When you gonna move on from this phase?" Kid was flummoxed he had no clue what the guy was talking about. Then he asks the kid why he didn't pick out the CD he wanted and kid told him because it was $26 and he thought it would be to expensive. Guy finally caves after much pleading from the kid. Mind you the kid wasn't whiny or yelling he was being completely civil the whole time. Yet the guy would have rather spent 3 times what the poster cost on a CD just because it was a videogame poster. Kinda wanted to go off on the guy. Wasn't like the kid was being a little jerk either. Anyone else get irritated by what still seems to be a large group of people are still completely ignorant and afraid of everything videogames?

Anyone else find it ironic that the father considers video games a phase, yet is perfectly fine with buying a cd that the kid will absolutely loathe in a year or two? I'd say that kids go through way more phases with music than just about anything else.

My thoughts exactly.
#39 Posted by mrpandaman (866 posts) -

The thing other than the ignorance that got me was the CD price. So he would let the kid buy a $26 cd, but not a probably waaaay cheaper poster? Holy shit... Who buys $26 CDs??? It better be a one of a kind cd, but seeing how it's FYE that's a negative since pretty much everything is overpriced.

#40 Posted by theoldhouse (439 posts) -

@Jrad said:

Well, I wouldn't let my kid have a Halo poster -- not because I'm ignorant when it comes to videogames, but because I'd rather he keep his room classy and Halo is not that. My rooms have always been bare, and I've never understood why some people seem to think decking their walls out with a hundred posters makes it look better.

your kid will grow up to become this:

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.walletpop.ca/media/2012/04/david-cameron-450-image-4-876907874.jpg

#41 Posted by Akyho (1658 posts) -

@stinky said:

@Izbaadin_Islamabad said:

@Akyho said:

I was waiting in line to be served at a game store. A mother with her 5 year old son was in front. The kid ran off and came back with Spider man 2 for the ps2, he asked if he could get it. The mother said "No because Spidermans bad. He hurts people!"

Granted not game exactly but...still.

In her defense, he is a menace and is probably in cahoots with all those villains.

shit, i've read The Daily Bugle, the guy needs to be locked up. masked freaked.

not sure which ignorance is worse, video game, or thinking you can rate a person's parenting skills on a 3 minute long conversation.

I was just commenting on that moment of face palming.

#42 Edited by _Zombie_ (1462 posts) -

It's just a parent being a dickhead. I've seen it before, and just ignore it. Not worth the headache to say anything to them about it.

#43 Posted by Demoskinos (14878 posts) -

@mrpandaman: You ain't kidding. I went and browsed the anime DVDs to see if there was anything decent and the whole time I was like "Damn, I could get this for HALF of what FYE is asking on Amazon." Its stupid how high their prices are.

#44 Posted by SexyToad (2760 posts) -

I have a black ops booster. Not really revelant but I like to share. If I had a kid I would let him have the halo poster. I know that halo isnt that bad. But not a video game poster like Gta.

#45 Posted by mlarrabee (2971 posts) -

I play video games quite a bit, and I'm still able to recognize that the medium is just now moving past infancy. It's still something that "mature adults" leave behind them.

I've personally seen two fledgling marriages destroyed because the husband played video games in time he should have spent learning his spouse.

Come on, guys. I've 51,000 achievement points. And every single one was a waste of time. Yes, I've gotten a lot of entertainment from games, and yes, I've had emotional and occasionally life-altering experiences with some. But it's entertainment to its core. I've played every Halo game, and thoroughly enjoyed nearly every one. And none of them taught me a thing. None of them caused me to reevaluate my life. I say the same of nearly every film I've seen. Halo's taught me as much as Rambo. Entertainment, not self-improvement.

Yes, games are starting to become more than stupid entertainment. Starting. Let's not kill them before they've had a chance to mature, but let's also not get angry at those who don't recognize their unrealized potential.

And can we rid ourselves of calling anything we disagree with, "ignorance?" It's played out, yeah?

#46 Posted by Galiant (2193 posts) -
@mlarrabee I don't know what you're on about. Entertainment, i.e. having fun, is not a waste of time. You sound like the most boring person ever.
#47 Posted by PokeIkzai (385 posts) -

@Jrad said:

Well, I wouldn't let my kid have a Halo poster -- not because I'm ignorant when it comes to videogames, but because I'd rather he keep his room classy and Halo is not that. My rooms have always been bare, and I've never understood why some people seem to think decking their walls out with a hundred posters makes it look better.

Because people are allowed to like different things. Also its a sign, or a gateway into their personality. I think it's a good thing.

#48 Posted by Emperor_Jimmu (249 posts) -

@mandude said:

I know a lot of people who consider video games and graphic novels to be low brow, yet they'll still watch the movie adaptations.

You read picture books? They are for babies.

#49 Edited by mlarrabee (2971 posts) -

@Galiant said:

@mlarrabee I don't know what you're on about. Entertainment, i.e. having fun, is not a waste of time. You sound like the most boring person ever.

People often mistake entertainment for recreation. It's a component of recreation, but for a lot of people, it's the only component they know and indulge. 1

EDIT: Just FYI, I've no idea to what "prophets" the link refers, but the basic truth still holds.

#50 Posted by McBEEF (360 posts) -

Well, you never know-the kid might be playing Halo 24/7 and be obsessed with it, dad might just be trying to get him to go outside once in a while