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New Xbox Dad column posted

November 2, 2006

This week, I cover screening games and using the ESRB ratings as a guide.

Is this game appropriate for my child?

…Of course, I can’t answer that question for every parent. We’re all different with our kids, and we all have different ideas about what our children can or should be exposed to. What I can do is to provide some thoughts and resources that will help you make an informed decision.

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  1. Christopher
    November 2, 2006 at 3:42 pm

    Hi Brain,
         I just read your column on XBOX.com. I am a father as well and my little daughter (who isn’t quite 2 yet) is already showing interest in my XBOX 360. She has observed me playing some of the non-violent Arcade titles. Many of my other games such as Halo 2, Oblivion, and GRAW are just not appropriate for small eyes. Another game I am looking forward to is Gears of War and even my wife says that game looks a bit to graphic for her eyes. It does seem that games are becoming increasingly more graphic in their content, and though as a 35 year old gamer I feel I can handle the imagery, I worry that many parents don’t pay enough attention to the content in games and let their children play games that are just to graphic.
         I often encounter kids playing Ghost Recon and the theme of modern military combat seems to mature to me for kids of the ages of those I encounter. I guess I can’t dictate what other parents allow their kids to play but am I off base to suggest that parents play a more active role in filtering content? s it irresponsible for a parent not to activate the parental controls on their game consoles?
         Lastly I want to ask about games for small children. As games seem to increase in their graphic nature it also seems that games for small children get left behind. The 360 has awesome potential for educational and early childhood development games. Why does the major console industry leave this market to V-Tech and other dedicated providers. The 360 hardware is very well suited to this type of gaming as well. USB peripherals could easily be developed for small kids. I think this market needs to be tapped by Microsoft if they want to continue to increase market share and grow their console into more family markets. Can you tell me what might be in the works, in addition to Viva Pinata? I know Microsoft sent out requests for children to beta test. Does this mean there is something coming? What about the vision camera and it’s potential for games such as the successful PS2 Eyetoy game of Bubble-pop?
         Well anyway, thanks again for providing gaming parents a place to discuss these kinds of issues. Keep up the good work, oh and I do have a copy of XBOX 360 for Dummies!
     
    Sincerely,
    GhostRiderTGAC

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