Should children play...... - FamilyEducation
Should children play......
01/01/2008 at 22:10 PM


     do u think children should play the MORTAL KOMBAT games? I think for children 3-13 should be playing educational things. I would like to know your thoughs thanks for reading!

Maybe not as young as 3, but it's not the worst game out there. While there is blood, decapitation, dismemberment, etc., it's not exactly imitatable (show me someone who can rip someone's spinal cord out with their bare hands or can incinerate someone with fire breath and I'll show you a blue dog). I played Mortal Kombat as a kid, and never engaged in violence, and turned out well for myself. It may even be beneficial for kids to engage in this sort of fantasy violence, as it is a realm for them to feel powerful and in charge, which they can't always do in real life.


There are lots of other ways to help your child to feel powerful and in charge without exposing them to these awful video games. If you treat your child as important and let them make their own choices where possible that helps them to feel some power. Love and attention are what they need, not being left to sit staring at a screen playing this rubbish.


Sometimes, a parent can't always do this, especially if they don't have any sense of power themselves, for instance with national tragedies. Follwing 9/11, I found myself playing Doom a lot. Even I didn't understand it at the time, but looking back, realized that at a time when I felt weak and vulnerable, I could project a powerful, fearless persona in a controlled environment. I could direct my anger and hatred at the monsters in the game. I was 18 at the time; imagine how much more powerful those feelings would be in somoene half that age, and how something like this could help them do the same.


I certainly won't go anywhere near 9/11. If you lost anyone in that disaster, then my sympathies. Perhaps your anger should have also been directed to the powers that be in your own country for not taking the appropriate steps to protect you. How long ago was that now? Yes, national tragedies happen, but we have to learn from them and gain strength. It does no good resurrecting them anytime we feel the need to justify ourselves.
A parent does not have to feel great power to be able to allow  a child some decision making. Parents have to make many decisions in a day, and delegating some less important ones to a child helps them both. 


I won't get into 9/11 and where to point the finger. I am not living in the past with it, but merely used it as an example. My fascination with Doom happened in the days and weeks following 9/11; it wasn't like I was playing it for years as a way to get back at al Qaeda. I was using it as one specific, relevant example of how violent video games were beneficial during a specific time.

That is exactly the point I am making. Parents can allow their kids some freedom in choosing their entertainment, and rather than invalidating their feelings and curiosity about certain games by banning them or dragging them off to a psychologist for liking them, can allow them shape their media choices, and discuss them as they are formed.


Thanks to all, I just been able to get to back signed on! THanks for all the advice! your friend, winterlylove37

Did anyone read the story in Colorado where a little 7 year old girl was killed by her sisters "boyfriend" who was imitating mortal combat. He kicked her in the chest even after she asked him to stop.  They thought the little girl was faking to make him stop and they did not call 911 immediately.  The little girl DIED because her sister and her sisters boy friend were imitating the game.... So, my conclusion is that one can imitate mortal combat.




Actually, that story may have been fabricated. From the Greeley Tribune:


Both Henry and Southern said Trujillo was never violent toward their children, and they never saw her use any Mortal Kombat moves. Southern said she thinks Roberts made up the Mortal Kombat story to look tough

Read more on that here:


According to a police affidavit, the teens were baby-sitting Trujillo's half-sister, Zoe Garcia, on Dec. 6 while the girl's mother was at work. Zoe lost consciousness and stopped breathing after the teens hit, kicked and body-slammed her, imitating moves used in the video game, the document said.


An autopsy showed she had a broken wrist, more than 20 bruises, swelling of the brain, and bleeding in her neck muscles and under her spine, the affidavits said.


Mr. Blonde,

 The Greeley Tribune is a reputable Colorado paper.  You took one small part of the article and posted it here.  Following is also from the same article:

Based on his autopsy,  Carver determined the death a homicide.
The prosecution argued Zoe suffered at the hands of both teens and they need to stand trial for the death."Zoe Garcia was the object of abuse by both Heather Trujillo and Lamar Roberts caused these injuries with Mortal Combat," said prosecutor Robert Miller.