MLG Makes a Wish for 9-Year Old Austin
Meet Austin, whose wish was granted by the Make a Wish Foundation to play Call of Duty: Black Ops alongside pro gamers and NFL running back Stevan Ridley.
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Why are there people here even complaining about the age system? Do they lack the logical reasoning to realise this kid is dying and probably won't be influenced in the long run by the content of a mature game? Guidelines are here to guide people, not for people to mindlessly follow. This was why the holocaust happened. Cause of these kinds of people who don't have the ability to reason properly. Thankfully there are lots of rational people here to keep these morons to a minimum. @BenderUnit22 you best be trolling
@Roarz i still see men(25+) at LANs going on worse then some child that let go of his balloon. @ALL WHO HAS AGE MATURITY PROBLEM what i would like to say to you will get my banned, but il try and keep most of my words out. One question to all those worrying about age, WHY is that age rating there? to give guidelines so that parents can limit the exposure to that sort of content, so that the kid doesnt end up causing mischief or spending the rest of his days in jail. thats the reason for maturity rating. but, this kid is dying , his parents should make the rest of his life as easy and fun for him as can be. if it bothers you so badly dont worry, he wont be able to play this anymore in time, he wont join a gang, he wont go on mass murder spree, and he wont commit GTA, he will never be a threat/unwanted by society(This is the reason for maturity rating). I did not mean that in a rude manner, but a way so you can understand that, you have no right to deny a young boy of his final wish. (unless it harms people, NOT PIXELS) if you disagree with me please come to my front door and tell me you disagree, so i can break your jaw and hands so you can never interfere/complain about another persons dying wish.
Some of you can be real morons. When you have a kid with a terminal disease that will most likely kill him before his 18th birthday you don't deny him the opportunity to take what joy he can find in the little time he has left. This kid needs to live an entire life in a brief period of time so give him, his parents and MLG a break for letting him play this game. Also, the ESRB is a guideline for adults to make their own determination. If they're fine with it, it's not your place to say what's appropriate for him - you don't even know this kid.
As good as the work that the foundation do, is it not a bit irresponsible of them letting a 9 y.o play an 18+ game. Also, his father admits his son has been doing it since he was 3.
"Nurse! Can you come in here please, quickly! Because Stevan Ridley is getting his ass whooped in CoD..."
tyrant002 :: Kids these days know more than YOU thats for sure...and that's beyond M games. So wake up to Reality and Unplug yourself from your console. Way to vote for yourself..almost as pathetic as giving yourself a HIGH FIVE in Public. MAN-Child
Whats Make a Wish thinking!?! Letting a minor play a mature rate game intended for 17 and up. Not thinking at all if you ask me.
Go Austin, good for you little man! I wish you and your family the best and hope you kick this illness like you kicked the butts of all these MLG dudes.
I don't care if he's too young or not just so long as he's not annoying like MOST children, the cocky yelly ones who get 3 killstreaks and bad mouth people. I think that's what most peoples problems with underaged players is. But Austin seems fine and I'd like to play with the kid but he would kick my ass...
You guys realize that kids playing rated M games helps us get more rated M games, right? If some law restricted kids from playing M games or parents from supplying them without legal consequences, publishers would respond by shifting resources over to rated E and T games. Do you really want the era of animal mascots to come back?
This was a wonderful thing that Make A Wish did for Austin. I support the foundation for what they do. They came to my little sister when she was fighting her illness and made her wish come true. I wish Austin the best and a full recovery.
I didn't realize people could be so whiny and dumb about this. Honestly, the kid is freaking dying, and its a freaking M rated game not a heroin binge. Maybe if you know a thing or two, you know its not illegal to let a kid play an M rated game. And also, he is DYING you morons, he won't get to be old enough to play this.
It is quite evident that the young person is mature enough, and this is for Make A Wish, than he/she should be able to play whatever they want. The point here is that this young person was asking to do something that maybe time would not allow him otherwise.....I see no point in arguing about age requirements.
He should be allowed to watch, play, listen, taste whatever he wants pretty much. Forget the rules, I had a great time playing GTA, MK etc when I was under age and growing up. I also saw porn, 18 movies, drank, played with fire, knives, air guns, fireworks, motorcycles etc etc and nothing bad ever came of it. I think kids come out worse if you forbid stuff as once they get old enough they over do it, or they hate other people for having better experiences than them. Everyone knows more than half the players of COD are kids and there is nothing to bad in those games anyway. No worse than goldeneye or old Medal of Honor
Im against children playin games not age appropriate, but i have no problem with this. Seeing as he may not reach the age "recommended" for theses games, he must play any and all of them to his hearts content.
Do note, people, that the ESRB does not give out laws, just recommendations. It's up to the parents to judge whether the kid is mature enough to play it. And there's nothing really traumatizing about CoD anyway, it would be different if it were Heavy Rain or something of that sort.
What are the parents supposed to do, tell the kid he'll be able to play it when he's 18 despite both them and he knowing he won't make it to that age? He's dying, and this is his wish. Good for him & Make a Wish for fulfilling it
Somebody should make an "I don't want to live on this planet anymore" image of the people from the comments section that are criticizing his dream and post it to memebase. You do realize he won't live for very long, right?
What is with all the haters? Seriously, the kids dying and all you can think about is how hes playing a M rated game. BOOHOO. Go take your crusade somewhere else.
Those complaining about this kid playing Black Ops need to look themselves in the mirror. Poor kid as a deadly disease and this meant the world to him. Maybe you should focus less on games and more on the important things in life!
To all the people that're complaining about the kid being underage and how it's wrong, there is a simple solution, don't let YOUR children play these kinds of games. Let OTHER parents govern THEIR OWN childrens lives. Just because you don't like something, doesn't mean the rest of society has to conform to it as well. Also, the kid is sick and his parents along with Make a Wish Foundation helped the kid get some fulfillment in his life. Calm down and be happy for someone who is less fortunate then you are.
yes, i agree he is dying, and that's what the charity is all about. But what if he wished to take drugs, hmmm???
Well done for glamourising a NINE year old playing a game he is not old enough to play yet. Nothing to do with the content, etc but as per the classification he is NOT allowed to play it.This is law, and the rules. This from a charity. I am annoyed at this.
so much for having a game thats rated 18 and having a 9year old kid playing on air, i understand its the Make a Wish Foundation, but it just seems wrong to allow a 9year old to play an 18rated game.
Im with True_Avery on this and am happy that the kid got his wishes fufilled On the other hand, the media does give a really bad middle east stereotype. I say this because i have had people come up to me and ask me if i still live in a tent. -.-
@burgeg If I was dying, all I would have asked for is to eat a grilled lobster tail at the best rated resturant, and to watch Lord of The Rings trilogy in IMAX. I know what I am saying might be kind of stupid to some but my point is, no dream is small.
@BenderUnit22 Most "responsible adults" would say no to the big bad video game but I bet would sit down and watch the NFL with the kid, or wresting, history channel... how about just any media in general. You cannot "protect" children from the media; eventually they will learn what a gun is, and what boobs are but it is the parent who needs to prepare them at -any- age for that. Personally, I think sheltering a child is more abusive long term. Children need to learn and adapt and be given more credit for their intelligence because eventually they will be "of age" to play a "mature" game. You shelter from sex, violence, etc their whole life and eventually they may rebel. Look up any documentary on Amish teenagers whom are drug/sex fueled maniacs if you want an idea of how coddling children is a form of abuse. A "responsible adult" teaches his kid that the violence isn't real, that war is serious, that you shouldn't hurt others, and to be respectful in any environment. A responsible adult listen and watches their child and helps them learn, easing and introducing them to things when they feel they can handle it (I would argue that quite a few middle aged people are not responsible nor mature enough for an M game). Irresponsible parents suffocate their kids with generalizations and good intentions based on ignorance. The kids that were never told anything good about sex their entire childhood and then turn into teens in a candy store, or adults whom were never eased into media and now scream at people over Xbox Live. If his parents think he is prepared for this game and is using it responsibly, then it is hardly our place to call them irresponsible parents at a glance. It is the same knee-jerk paranoia that fuels game bans and ridiculous AO ratings. This is, of course, ignoring the situation this boy finds himself in.
@BenderUnit22 There is still no solid evidence that a violent video game causes any sort of harm to a person of any age. Shooters do not give children PTSD, cause homicidal rampages, or anything else the media has painted games as causing. The violent ones are often either born with that chemical makeup in their brain or other far more pressing environmental problems are abound. This is also going under the assumption that "maturity" is based on age and not experience or education. Could it desensitize? Possibly, but again there is conflicting evidence on that point as well. The violence this child sees in Call of Duty is no more extreme than a pass over of a war documentary, an average WW2 history book, or the nightly news on the many wars around the world. The game is a tool that he felt he could use to play with people he may follow in the pro scene, as well as an athlete he may hero worship. He doesn't want to slap women and shoot Japanese people; he wants the social interaction through a competitive game he likes. I do find it interesting that you find the idea he is playing Black Ops offensive but not him watching the NFL; a sport well known for broken bones, concussions, drug abuse, and general visceral and, more importantly, -real- violence. I don't see anyone putting this article down commenting on the NFL player; just the third party, subjective, inconsistent, and non-law applicable rating system.
Do you guys even know what Make-A-Wish foundation does? This kid just wants to make the most of what's left of his time here, and you guys don't even have the decency to allow him the dignity to live out what may be his last month/week/day in whatever way he chooses?
@nemesis4x i completely agree with your comment and i was playing all the mortal kombat's that were out on sega when they came out hah. EPIC! But you can't really blame people for taking it seriously, even though SOMETIMES its blown out of proportion, it just doesn't help the situation at all when you have a kid kill his mom because his parents took his Halo game away and stuff like that.
I dont think he is too small for the game. To be honest it looks like only America takes violence in video games too seriously, and ironically most violent video games come from there. I was playing Mortal Kombat 4 when i was around 7.
@Console_Gamer93 It's not so much the game...it's the nature of his wish. I realize that he's a terminal patient and I know what it's like to have to deal with death, but to say that your MOST WANTED WISH before you die is to play video games with random strangers (who won't remember him after he's left their sight) just doesn't seem fair to the kid. I found the part where he gets to hang out with Stevan Ridley far more worthy of a wish. All I'm saying is that the kid should get his wish back.
1. The MSRB rating is for the campaign only. He was playing multiplayer which is not rated. 2. Poor kid is dying. I'm glad his wish was granted.
People saying "He's too young to be playing CoD" Well, He's also too young to die. His wish is his own personal choice, so just let him live his dream.
Black Ops type games are probably the first games kids ever get exposed to nowadays because their parents play them. if your kid hasn't shot someone in the face multiple times online at your house then he has at his friend's house. what's the use, it's as casually shrugged off as Duck Hunt was when I was 9 just imagine your kid being bed-ridden with a very limited amount of things to keep him busy. i'd bet the parents that say no are the same ones who wouldn't bother turning off the evening news during 2 wars if he was in the room. regardless he probably knows more about death already and might take it more seriously than quite a few adults. Black Ops is such a ridiculously cartoonish depiction of war that's so full of cliches ripped off from every parents favorite movies they watch that I think even a 9 year old would realize it