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The ratings system doesn't really matter for people like us who are exposed to pretty much every game and know enough about them to form an opinion on them. I don't have kids, but it would depend on how mature my child was. I was playing the GTA games when they came out (I was 11 I believe when 3 came out) and it never bothered me. GTA IV is a lot worse than any of the previous ones, though. Plus, there are worse games out there than GTA. I don't think I would let my kids play Spec Ops: The Line until they were close to the age. Probably not horror games like Amnesia or the early Silent Hill games, either. Those are few and far between, though. Things like Assassin's Creed, Gears of War, Halo, Call of Duty, Resident Evil, God of War, and others I wouldn't mind playing when they hit around age 10 or so. If they're old enough to be able to handle the mechanics of those kinds of games, they can handle the level of cartoony violence that is in them.
I actually struggle to think of games other than those examples that I wouldn't allow them to play. Games can be violent and sexual, but with few exceptions, games haven't reached the level of maturity that other mediums have that I think is too much for children. Most games, kids will look at and find the level of violence funny or gross, not disturbing. It's probably just because I had just finished it recently, but Spec Ops is one of the only cases where I could see children having a hard time dealing with it.
But like it was said earlier, if kids want to play something, they'll find a way to do it behind our backs. I never had to, but I know friends who did and they were able to do it. It's not hard.
One of the few major complaints people have with Steam is the strict (or rather, completely random) approval process for smaller games. It astonishes me how Valve always works to correct any negativity toward their product, and they go out and do something like this. This really impresses me. Well done, Valve
I can't believe anyone is defending Microsoft for this. Sure, they gave him two options, but those two options are:
1. Wait while his perfectly functioning machine is unable to play any current games, even though there were no prior warnings that that could ever happen.
2. Pay over $100 (which is not a small amount of money) to have his perfectly functioning machine fixed, even though there is nothing wrong with it. This happened because of a screw up on their end, not his.
Also, "buy a PC" is not a good answer, either. I'm primarily a PC gamer myself, but believe or not, PC does have it's issues, too. Not to mention it's more expensive to buy a PC than it is an Xbox. Even if you buy all of the parts and build it yourself, there's no way it'll be as cheap or as convenient as going out and buying a machine that you know will work (at least, until this problem came up).
As people have mentioned, call back and be as annoying as possible. The more pissed off and annoying you get to them, the more they will give you to shut the hell up. It could even result in a free repair. Customer loyalty means a lot to these people, and if "sit and wait!" or "pay us more money!" doesn't work right away to shut someone up, they'll go a step further. And then another step if that isn't good enough. They want you to stick around with Xbox, not go anywhere else.
So yeah, if you haven't done anything yet, call them back and rip their heads off. The lower guys will send it up the chain until someone has to do something for you.
I don't have children, but if I had kids and they were in danger, they come first. If I have to crush a guy's head with a salt-lick, I'll do it. If I have to steal food from people so my kid doesn't starve, I'll do it. Granted, I probably would have tried a little harder to revive Larry before I splattered his brains, but if I thought for one second my life was in danger and thus, my child's life was in danger, it would've been an easy choice.
However, I don't have children. Yes, he did go a bit crazy. But I at least see where he's coming from and I don't hate him for it. I'm playing as though Clementine is my daughter and if it comes down to a point where I have to kill to make sure she survives, I'll do it.
And the fact that I came to those conclusions based on a video game is really impressive. The writing and story-telling is fantastic and (in my opinion) surpasses the show. I don't even care for adventure games really and this one has me hooked. I can't wait for Episode 3.
It depends on what kinds of games you are into. Check every day for the Steam deals (it's about half way down the page). Also check for Midweek Madness (Usually starts Tuesday and ends Thursday) and Weekend Deal (Thursday-Monday). In addition to that, they have special sales such as developer weeks or holiday sales. Just check for the sales. There's a lot and you can get some cool games out of there. And then you'll have a stupidly long list of games like mine: http://www.steamcalculator.com/id/rabdt
I play (almost) every game out of the gate on the hardest setting. There's something really satisfying about overcoming a really difficult challenge like that. Usually, part-way through a game on the highest difficulty, I get so used to it being hard that it becomes decidedly less hard.
Granted, if the gameplay is broken and I just want to see the story, I'll bump it down to easy.
The ONLY reason I could think of would be that it needed to show her absolute, complete lack of technological skill so Doug seemed more important and made the choice of which to save harder. But you're right, it was stupid and it seemed like "Dumb hot chick doesn't know how to put batteries in" type of a deal.