My son asked me to allow him to buy a few x-box360 video games with an “M” rating. This was at the check out counter when the cashier needed my permission to sell the games to him. My first reaction was if a society that allows mass murder of babies, gay unions, rampant profanity, etc. says it isn’t suitable for children, they must be pretty bad. On the other hand I am a fan of Dungeons and Dragons and other Tolkien based RPGs. Hack up orcs, find loot, upgrade armor, solving puzzels, etc. I don’t have a problem with blood and guts or the violence per say (at least not in a fictional setting). I do have a problem with profanity, sexual content, and game plots that encourage people to choose evil. I also have problem with violence in a real world setting (such as shooting American soldiers).
The gams my son is interested in (Halo, Modern Warfare, and Time Shift) are rated M and he insists that it is only for violence blood and gore. He is old enough to see alien blood and guts and dealing with battle against an evil enemy army but is still impresionable about the moral issues. I was looking for an independent and trustworthy reference for these games and ratings.
Any good references for how these games rate from a moral point of view?
Are there any full lists of ratings out there?