My nephew is 10 years old and I'm looking for an age appropriate game (Xbox 360) for him for Christmas. Seems simple enough right?
The kid owns CoD: World at War. Great, I'll get him Black Ops and look like the hero. My sister-in-law, I'll call her The Waffle, will let him play Halo (he owns everything Halo) and CoD: W@W, but for some reason Black Ops is too violent. Huh?
The last time I visited their home, in October, I walked through a front yard that looked like a bloody battlefield--every type of weapon known to man, ancient to modern and even a couple of light sabres, was strewn across the lawn and front porch.
On his ninth birthday I was forbidden from buying him a copy of Halo 3. On his tenth, Halo Reach was OK. Really?
Well, this year I tried to go around The Waffle and deal directly with my brother, who on the kid's ninth birthday told me I should have just gotten him Halo 3 because his wife is crazy. Crazy is my word. He couched the criticism in typical husband-speak which I cannot remember.
So, last week I call my brother and tell him I'm picking-up Black Ops and want to make sure I'm not duplicating the gift. He says wait until he talks to The Waffle (my word again). Well, apparently The Waffle saw a demo of Black Ops and pronounced it too violent for my nephew.
Now, The Waffle may be correct about Black Ops being too violent, but there is no rhyme or reason to her apparently arbitrary decisions. Pick a policy and stand by it.
I'm not up on the desires of 10-year-old gamers. Anything Lego is out since he owns it already. Please help a Geezer out.