#1 Posted by FraserCunningham (70 posts) -

I was wondering if there was an age restriction for purchasing a game, if you were under age for buying the game itself. (UK)

#2 Posted by hedfone (1731 posts) -

nope

#3 Posted by Cramsy (1177 posts) -

I don't see why there wouldn't be. There is a reason the rating system exists.

#4 Posted by MikkaQ (10344 posts) -

Or just y'know... lie about your age. It's not like it's a liquor store.

#5 Posted by trophyhunter (5800 posts) -

if your too young to buy the game, your to young to put down money for it.

#6 Posted by lordbazuco (375 posts) -

I pre-order games at game stop all the time, but they don't let me buy them -.-

#7 Posted by superlauth (69 posts) -

could see that you type in a credit card, so that would be like your parents permission, or something..

#8 Posted by evanbrau (1162 posts) -
@lordbazuco: 
Really they actually enforce age limits. No offence to you man but that's pretty cool.
In any case if you are too young to buy the game pre ordering it might be a waste if you're refused it when you go to buy.
#9 Posted by Labbo94 (155 posts) -

Here in the US, Gamestop will let me pre-order any game I want (I'm 16), but I still need an adult with me when I purchase the game. Just goes to show how much Gamestop is willing to bend the rules to their favor when it comes to whoring out for pre-order money. I'd much rather drag a parent in with me to throw down a bunch of pre-orders, then come in whenever I want to actually pick up the game upon release. That would actually help make the process easier.

#10 Posted by lordbazuco (375 posts) -
@evanbrau: I have a late birthday, so I turn 17 later this year. Until then, I annoy all my friends to buy the games for me, or get my mom to pick them up.
#11 Edited by Ursus_Veritas (383 posts) -

There is, it's exactly the same as if you were buying an age rated game that's already out. You don't put any money down in the UK to preorder a game - you typically do for Hardware though at places like GAME and GameStation - but if you look too young you will be asked to show some ID. If you don't have any ID, or you're trying to preorder a game that you can't legally play yet, they won't allow you to preorder it. If they don't at the preorder stage, they'll ask when you come to pick it up, more than likely. As you've not put any money down in advance for it, they can still deny you the purchase if you're under age. They have to ask - it's not just company policy, it's the law.

#12 Posted by FraserCunningham (70 posts) -

Yeah I went into Gamestation today and Pre-Ordered Halo Reach:Limited and was fine. I just need to bring a parent in when I actually pay for it.

#13 Posted by KaosAngel (13764 posts) -

I get carded every time I buy a pony game.

#14 Posted by MajorToms (398 posts) -

I always thought it was just a rating system and that legally playing a game would never make sense. I don't understand how, if a 16 year old wanted to play a game that is for 17 year olds, why they shouldn't be able to. Is there actually laws in place that retailers can get in trouble if they sell these games to kids not of age? 
 
Doesn't make any sense to begin with. Do they not realize 16 and 17 are about the same maturity level? You're still not an adult in either situation and you're usually not treated like one until at least 18-20ish.  But they couldn't possibly make the game 18+ because that would imply an adult rating, which would mean those games aren't to be sold in stores like wal-mart, which is hilarious. I wish they would just disregard game ratings unless it actually is for adults. 
 
I remember when I was that age and was denied GTA: San Andreas. I was a little pissed at first, but I realized my brother was going to pick up a copy of the game too, so I told him to grab 2 copies instead. Problem solved.

#15 Posted by RecSpec (3941 posts) -
@MajorToms said:
" I always thought it was just a rating system and that legally playing a game would never make sense. I don't understand how, if a 16 year old wanted to play a game that is for 17 year olds, why they shouldn't be able to. Is there actually laws in place that retailers can get in trouble if they sell these games to kids not of age?   Doesn't make any sense to begin with. Do they not realize 16 and 17 are about the same maturity level? You're still not an adult in either situation and you're usually not treated like one until at least 18-20ish.  But they couldn't possibly make the game 18+ because that would imply an adult rating, which would mean those games aren't to be sold in stores like wal-mart, which is hilarious. I wish they would just disregard game ratings unless it actually is for adults.   I remember when I was that age and was denied GTA: San Andreas. I was a little pissed at first, but I realized my brother was going to pick up a copy of the game too, so I told him to grab 2 copies instead. Problem solved. "
 
Tell that to the movie business. They have the same system.
#16 Posted by benjaebe (2784 posts) -
@MajorToms: 
I would think there actually was a difference between 16 and 17 as far as maturity levels go. As always, it's up to parents to monitor what their kids are playing and the rating system helps with that (when the parents actually pay attention.) There's no reason for kids to be playing San Andreas and going on killing sprees, especially when no one finds anything wrong with realistic, violent games but if there's a nipple suddenly everyone has a freakout.
Besides, I wish more people would pay attention to what their kids are playing. It's the same reason why we have to deal with 12-16 year olds playing Call of Duty, trash-talking everyone and generally being annoying.
#17 Edited by MajorToms (398 posts) -
@benjaebe: My thoughts exactly on the whole nudity thing. It's kind of hilarious that we can play these ultra violent games and not think twice about it, but as soon as we see part of a woman's body that is normally covered up, everyone has a freak out. It's even an issue when it comes to an artist's vision. 
 
You see, fashion magazines have nipple slips all the time and there is no age restriction on their purchases. This is in part due to the fact that the images are considered "art". However, a playboy warrants an ID check, even though the images in the magazine are just as "artistic." Part of the reason behind this is in part driven by the idea behind the magazine. Fashion is not "pornography," but it is.  Playboy is pornography because the whole reason for it's existence is to depict naked women.

 

 Pornography: Noun

1. Obscene writings, drawings, photographs, or the like, especially those having little or no artistic merit.  

2. The production of such material.

 
By this definition, both subjects are deemed pornography, yet one has an age restriction.
 
It's like this with video games, except replace pornography with animated violence.