Common Sense Media’s 10 Games to Avoid for the Holidays

December 8, 2009 -

Just in time to disappoint legions of juvenile videogamers for the holidays, Common Sense Media has released a list of 10 games that should be avoided for younger players.

Actually we jest, because the list, entitled 10 Cool Games That Are Uncool for Kids, does a decent job of offering safe alternatives for each title it recommends that parents avoid. The full list, with substitutes in parenthesis, follows:

  • Assassin’s Creed (Mirror’s Edge)
  • Borderlands (Infamous)
  • Brutal Legend (Ghostbusters)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Battlefield: Bad Company)
  • Dead Space: Extraction (Deadly Creatures)
  • Dragon Age: Origins (Braid)
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony (Batman: Arkham Asylum)
  • Demon’s Souls (Uncharted 2: Among Thieves)
  • Left 4 Dead 2 (Overlord II)
  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (C.O.P.: The Recruit)

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Re: Common Sense Media’s 10 Games to Avoid for the ...

From what I can tell on Wikipedia, it's basically a criminal being turned into a good guy, but then there's a false arrest on your mentor alongside a conspiracy to destroy the city.

Re: Common Sense Media’s 10 Games to Avoid for the ...

I believe the ones in parenthesis are the suggested alternatives.

Re: Common Sense Media’s 10 Games to Avoid for the ...

I think his point is that while they're T games, they're pretty violent for T games.

The Titan inmates in Arkham Asylum have some of their ribs and vertbrae sticking out of their skin, the whole point of Overlord II is to be evil, and Infamous lets you do very evil things if you so choose.

 

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Re: Common Sense Media’s 10 Games to Avoid for the ...

In Arkham Asylum you can take down enemies by breaking their arms and legs. But surely, they think Arkham Asylum is exactly the same as Lego Batman.

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Re: Common Sense Media’s 10 Games to Avoid for the ...

No, they'll just settle for arm-breaking violence over the chance of their children encountering any gay people in GTA.

Hang on, aren't both games 18 C anyway?

 
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Wonderkarphttps://m.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/315zh3/possible_ethics_issue_with_anitas_latest_video/05/05/2015 - 2:22pm
Andrew EisenIt may well be. What evidence have you seen that Capybara donated prior to the video's release?05/05/2015 - 2:18pm
Wonderkarpit is still a fact. first game she gushes over paid her. i wont say they paid her for the advert. but that fact still stands05/05/2015 - 2:16pm
Andrew EisenTrue or not, that does not change the arguments she makes in her video.05/05/2015 - 2:12pm
Wonderkarptheres also the fact the the games devs donated to femfreq and here she is advertising their game05/05/2015 - 2:10pm
Andrew EisenAnother interesting factoid, Sarkeesian does drop in a mention of Samus in that video.05/05/2015 - 2:08pm
Andrew EisenAnd for whatever it's worth to you, McIntosh only produced that video. It was written by Sarkeesian and Carolyn Petit.05/05/2015 - 2:07pm
Andrew EisenI'm certainly willing to discuss them. But I can't discuss the video particulars with you if you haven't watched it.05/05/2015 - 2:00pm
Wonderkarpwell you guys report these videos frequently I figure you'd at least be willing to back them up.05/05/2015 - 1:59pm
Andrew EisenNo, it means I'm not bothering to summarize the arguments of a video you didn't watch but nevertheless feel qualified to denigrate. Shame on you.05/05/2015 - 1:56pm
WonderkarpThat means you got nothing. I'm not watching her videos anymore. Mcintosh disgusts me as a human being05/05/2015 - 1:54pm
Andrew EisenDude, seriously? Try actually watching Sarkeesian's video.05/05/2015 - 1:41pm
Wonderkarpsuch as? cause all I see is Duck Monster Face http://boingboing.global.ssl.fastly.net/uploads/default/73100/895f09b00b87aea9.png05/05/2015 - 1:39pm
Andrew EisenIf Q*bert was female, in some ways yes. But there's far more to the Scythian argument than a lack of gender identifiers.05/05/2015 - 1:37pm
Wonderkarpby that logic, Qbert would make a positive example of female representation.05/05/2015 - 1:31pm
Andrew EisenI disagree for the reasons, well, for the reasons Sarkeesian states in her video. Also, as she points out, the lack of specific gender identifiers is part of why she's a positive example of female representation in video games.05/05/2015 - 1:22pm
WonderkarpWell its about GD Time She presented a good Positive Female Character. Scythian is an awful example. a emotionless blob of pixels that I couldnt tell you was female without a guide. In comparison Samus out of suit made in the 80s is far more noticeable05/05/2015 - 1:18pm
Andrew EisenSarkeesian tossed us a change up with the Scythian but the next Positive Female Characters episode looks to cover BG&E's Jade! https://twitter.com/femfreq/status/59425534635858739305/05/2015 - 1:14pm
Andrew EisenFeminist Deck. Some names we recognize. I dig the art! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/322895958/a-feminist-deck05/05/2015 - 12:58pm
Andrew EisenCurious to see who readers would want in a debate, I read the first few dozen comments and there are almost NO suggestions for GamerGate reps to debate. Sarkeesian pops up a couple times but she's not a games journalist.05/05/2015 - 12:11pm
 

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