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Cliff Notes - The Gaming World

August 27th, 2014 by BlackRose Parties

​Video games are more popular than ever. They have been around for over 30 years now, and they have come a long way from the days of Pong and Pac-Man.

 Game Ratings: Be sure to read these carefully, and make sure that the games are appropriate for the ages of your children. They range from E for Everyone to T for Teens and M for Mature, with full descriptions of the content on the back of the game boxes. www.ign.com is a great place to get reviews, watch videos, and get a complete picture of any game, so that you can form your own opinions prior to purchase.

 The Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One are the newest consoles out now. The Wii U will play original Wii games, so you won't lose your library if you owned the very popular Wii. Unfortunately, the PS4 and Xbox One do not have backwards compatibility with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. With their huge library of titles, you still can't go wrong with a PS3 or X360. Don't forget about handhelds! Kids are certainly big fans of gaming on the go. The 3DS is the newest from Nintendo, with the PS Vita being the latest from Sony.

 DLC: Downloadable Content. Many games have content that is released weeks or months after the game that you can download, usually for a price. Depending on what kind of game it is, multi-player maps, new missions, vehicles, and characters are typical additions.

 Let's take a look at a few genres that are family friendly.

 Platformers: These games are often rated E for Everyone and kid friendly. In them you will complete self contained levels in a predetermined order, with the difficulty increasing as you go. Some games allow you to replay levels to obtain collectibles you may have missed. The levels in platformer games can be side scrolling 2D or fully 3D.  

 Platformers to look for: Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Super Mario 3d World, Rayman Legends, Skylanders Swap Force.

 Racing Games: Typically suitable for all ages, these games come in a wide variety. Ranging from serious simulation with real world physics, to arcade style driving with cartoon like graphics, racing games are always a blast!

 Racing Games to look for: Mario Kart 8, Forza Motorsport 5, Trials Fusion, Need for Speed Rivals.

 Sports Games: Just about every sport out there has a virtual counterpart, and new versions are usually released on a yearly basis. There are serious sports simulators like Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, and MLB: The Show. Then there are more casual and arcade like games such as Mario Golf, Wii Sports Club, and the classic series NBA Jam!

 As you likely know, there are many games that contain violence and other mature content that isn't suitable for young kids. There are exceptions of course, but the following genres tend to have game-play geared towards older kids, teens and adults; Fighting games, open world games, stealth games, role-playing games, and first person shooters.

 There are many kinds of games out there, and there are literally thousands of titles available. A lot of them are great for kids and families, and can be a fun way to enjoy interactive entertainment. Above all, paying close attention to ratings and researching the content of a game before purchase is paramount. 
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