A new poll, which shows what video games parents are unlikely to give to their underage children for the holidays, was revealed by the Babies website. According to a report from Pixel Enemy on Dec. 19, “GTA 5” topped the list with 30.98 percent of the votes.
James Macfarlane, the managing director of Babies, stated that parents are afraid of the “realism” in the latest installment of the “Grand Theft Auto” series. He explained that the way the video game rewards players for committing violent crimes might make it more acceptable in real life through the eyes of underage children. You can find some screens from “GTA 5” in the slideshow to the left of this article and the statement below:
It became apparent that our users were very scared of the level of realism found in a game like Grand Theft Auto V. While it is hard to see a child relating with a zombie first person shooter, as is the case in some of the other games in the poll, parents are clearly concerned that a game which rewards murder, arson, torture and theft in the way that GTA V does, might make the same actions in real life more acceptable.
“Killzone: Shadow Fall” was second on the list, followed by “Dead Rising 3.” “Call of Duty: Ghosts” and “Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag” round out the top five. All aforementioned video games received a “Mature” rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board, which makes the software product unsuitable for anyone under the age of 17.
Despite being blacklisted as a gift by concerned parents, “GTA 5” still managed to become the fastest selling video game in history since it was released for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on Sept. 17 in North America and many other regions around the world.