Regardless of whether or not the kid is right there, as long as there is an adult over the age of consent making the purchase there isn't a lot the shop can do. Age ratings are there as a requirement for a decision from a parent or guardian who can make an informed choice, not a nanny-state outright ban on anything some people might deem to be objectionable - especially when people mature at different rates.
and you were right to make that decision.
Agreed but i didn't let them play the 'No Russian' level. Although i suspect they have probably played it at a friend's house but i can only do what i can do.
sadly other people's parents are another matter.
it would help if shops (including online which of course is impossible to police) didn't sell games to kids like this, or by proxy (knowing full well it's for the kid that's stood right there). I've seen this happen at Game time and time again. Fuckers should lose their jobs.
More could be done to educate parents in the store as far as content is concerned, but then you have the hard-to-shift legacy of the "its just for kids" leftover from a more innocent age.
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