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Updated: 2009-08-01T21:03:19.688-04:00

 



I think that parents have to use the game critic m...

2009-08-01T21:03:19.688-04:00

I think that parents have to use the game critic media as a resource. I would agree most parents might fall into the trap that the ESRB rating indicates the audience for a particular game, rather than being a guideline for how appropriate the content is for children. Most chess game programs have an Everyone rating, but I doubt many 5 year olds would find it appropriate. Parents might have to hit a few websites to get a review before buying.

I think this is becoming a larger problem for developers. The audience is diversifying and splitting between casual players and hard core players. I think Spore was a great example. For most of the game it was kid friendly and I found it very simple to play. It wasn't until the endgame I found things challenging. Likely the kid playing that found the game engaging and interesting until the end where it got too hard.

Getting a game just right for everyone's tastes is a pretty difficult task. I agree with you though, if a game is family-oriented, make sure it is something the family can play together.