Super Mario wrote: What about a button on my phone that will switch all the lights off in my house - that will save me 10 minutes every day!
Er, that one's already around - demonstrated a few years back on the gadget phone where they controlled lights, heating etc in a house in dubai from an iphone in London. Bugger if you live in the house though and suddenly your other half decides to take control
They are good games and I understand why people like but there is very little story in the ones I have play, it was pretty much go here, kill them, go here steal that, go here again and kill them - very repetitive.
There is also the fact that some of the less than responsible people will buy this game from their kids - I cant help but think about the child who killed his friend with a hammer a few years ago after playing a game called Manhunt, his mother blamed the game saying that he was brainwashed by the violence in the game. I say why the hell was a 10 year old playing a 18 cert game???
I'm going to assume here that you're refering to the case of Warren Leblanc, whom happened to be 17 (his victim was 14) and the Police stated that the game belonged to the victim and not Leblanc and nor was it the "influence" nor the reason for Leblanc to have commit ed said crime, but lets not let that stand in the way over the media or members of Parliament (actually your username bares a striking resemblence to said Parliament member) trying to sensationalise anything.
I do agree that people buy said games for the wrong reasons and for what its worth they're not my prefered types of games (I have played both Manhunts and each GTA) but the media (in particular the Mail and The Sun) have always tried to use the medium as an excuse for the behaviour of a very small minority rather than looking at the actual causes, its far easier to start a witch hunt than it is to do your job properly and report the facts it would seem (see things like Koreans spending far too long in internet cafe's and dying from over exhaustion and malnutrition but the blame being placed upon games like Starcraft)
I'm sort of in agreement (its actually 16 and 18 now as they no longer carry BBFC ratings but the PEGI ones are considered law meaning retaillers can't sell a PEGI 16 to a 15 year old).
I'd always use the ratings as a guidance, particularly if you play videogames yourselves, much like with movies and TV shows you know whats your child is mature enough to cope with. However most of the time, unfortunately (and I see this alot working in retail) the parent who is buying (or worse the Grandparent whos buying and has no hope of "getting" it) hasn't done their research and is just buying to shut their kid/teenager up.
We took our daughter to see The Avengers Assemble, that was a 12A if I remember rightly but I knew she was mature enough to deal with the kind of action that would be on screen.
try EBUYER for upgrades you don't have to buy but if theres something you like you can look at the reviews some people give but i would think something like n.vidia 9000 gts card should support what your doing plus you may need to upgrade your hard drive to 1or 3 tb with 4gig memoery sticks....
i play cod mwf on my n.vidia 8600 gt if holds it's own but i think an upgrade will be in need quite soon