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UK poll shows parents least likely to buy GTA 5 for children due to ‘realism’

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According to a report today from MCV-UK, one United Kingdom website poll shows that parents in the region were the least likely to buy Grand Theft Auto 5 as a gift for their children.

The poll, published at, said parents were unlikely to give their children GTA 5 due to the realistic nature of the game.

“It became apparent that our users were very scared of the level of realism found in a game like Grand Theft Auto 5,” said managing director James Macfarlane.

The unscientific poll listed five games in which parents would least likely purchase or gift to their child, including Killzone: Shadow Fall, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed 4, Dead Rising 3 and GTA 5.

The figures come in as this:

  1. GTA 5 – 31.89 percent
  2. Killzone: Shadow Fall – 20.46 percent
  3. Dead Rising 3 – 18.91 percent
  4. Call of Duty: Ghosts – 16.97 percent
  5. Assassin’s Creed 4 – 11.74 percent

Macfarlane, however, said parents made a clear distinction between their children relating to a zombie shooter and the romanticism of crime with GTA 5.

“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 5 does, might make the same actions in real life more acceptable,” Macfarlane said.

It is important to note that in the United States the ESRB rates GTA 5 as a “Mature” game while European based group PEGI rates the game as suitable for players 18 years or older.


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