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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MonteON third party developers; i kinda think they should slow down to nintendo's pace. They bemoan the rising costs of AAA gaming, but then constantly push for the best graphics which is makes up a lot of those costs. Be easier to afford if they held back02/28/2015 - 4:27pm
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