The Timothy Plan’s Look Inside Video Games 2010 Report Released

The Timothy Plan’s Look Inside Video Games 2010 Report has been released, once again giving parents who want it help in determining the content of various video games on the market. The guide, which is skewed towards Christian parents rates games based on several content categories such as sex, nudity, gay/lesbian, violence, cartoon violence, language, comic mischief, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, demonic, and game addiction. The report uses a scale of 1 – 3 in each category (with 3 being the worst).

This year’s highlights include ratings for Fallout: New Vegas, God of War III, Red Dead Redemption, Mafia II, Heavy Rain,
Call of Duty: Black Ops, and more from 2010. While prudish parents and uninformed politicians might cringe and convulse over the findings of this list, most of the data – save a few odd categories like “Demonic,” “Gay/Lesbian,” and “Game Addiction” (how do they determine if a game is addictive when it is doubtful that anyone from the Timothy Plan has actually played most of these games?) – most of the descriptors are listed on each game’s box, via the ESRB web site, or through the ESRB’s iPhone app.

You can check out the 2010 report here (PDF). In case you did not know, The Timothy Plan conducts research on investments and rates them based on a moral code. Companies that are associated with activities such as “abortion, pornography, anti-family entertainment, alternative lifestyles, as well as alcohol, tobacco and gambling” are put on a “Do Not Buy List.” You can learn more about it at

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    edmoss87 says:

    I guess the M-rating on the box is a bit too ambiguous?

    Looking at the report, the only games that were flagged as ‘addictive’ were MMOs, which seems a bit prejudicial. I was intrigued by the ‘demonic’ rating, but it only applies to games like Dante’s Inferno and God of War, not just what prudish parents might consider ‘demonic’. It’s a shame, this report could have been a lot more entertaining than it was.

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    Arell says:

    I’m curious how they determine “game addiction” descriptors. “Warning! This game is super awesome fun! You’ll want to play it a lot! DO NOT BUY!!!”

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    Cecil475 says:

    Funny that this investment firm is going out of it’s way to tell others what videogames people should or should not play. It’s not enough that they are telling people what stocks that they should or should not buy, solely based on what beliefs the company has.

    Isn’t that like a investment firm trying to tell you what movies you should avoid? Why do they care so much? Why are they so concerned with other people’s children? Taking care of their own kids not enough of a challenge?

    Why am I asking such stupid questions? They are a bunch of busybodies.

    – W

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