04-28-2011, 04:04 PM
If parents don't want their kids exposed to such games, then perhaps they ought to try a little thing called "parenting" rather than blaming the manufacturers. I've talked to people who work in game shops, and several times a parent has actually berated them for refusing to sell a violent game to an underage child, or has bought a game for a child and then returned it saying that it was violent and they should have warned them, despite the warnings and age limits plastered all over.
The shop staff are not mind readers; if an adult is buying Mortal Kombat, unless they actually say "It's for my twelve year old son", there's no way of knowing that they're going to take it home and give it to their child. It's true that in some cases, staff are being negligent in selling violent games to children, but just as often it's the parents' fault for giving into pester power without doing any research on the game and then blaming the retailer rather than take responsibility for their own mistakes.