Posts tagged ‘ESRB’

Top 10 pitfalls non-gamer parent need to avoid before buying this holiday

Being a first time Wii Parent this Holiday season, I’ve had the hardest time selecting games for my family. This is one of the reason was created.   Here are some of the things I’ve learned.

10. Don’t give in to what they want. 

Kids will beg and plead for the latest and greatest game, but you as a parent need to be the ultimate judge on what’s right for your family.  Educate yourself.cryingkid

9. Not test driving the games.

If possible go out and try these games. Find some friends or go to the video game store.  You’ll soon find out that the Wii Fit is for you and your just not that musicaly inclined for the Wii Music.

8. Don’t buy the mini-game compliations

Save your money and buy some good ol’ board games that your family can enjoy. Bring back Monopoly or….UNO!

7.  Read the fine print

Keep an eye out for certain developers, particularly these four: Atari, Majesco, Midway or Gamecock.  They’ve made fun titles in the past, but they’ve been bombarding the market with horrible titles for the last several years.

6. Beware of the Nintendo Seal

Its not for Quality any more.  The Nintendo Seal of Quality is still used, with all Nintendo DS and Wii games original_nintendo_seal_of_quality_28european29_28custom29bearing it on their packaging. However, it has recently been changed to read “Official Nintendo Seal” rather than “Official Nintendo Seal of Quality”.  There are talks out there to brining back the original seal, which stood for something.

5. Avoid games with bad grammar.

Steer clear of any videogame that pluralizes its title with a “z” instead of an “s.” These typically have been poor quality games.  Don’t waste your time.

4. Avoid game titles with the word Family

This is just a marketing ploy to get you to buy the game. mini-games

3. Avoid certain under $20 or $10 titles.

You get what you pay for.  Cheaper isn’t always better.


They lie!!!!!  They’re just trying to make a sale.  Use your resources (Friends, Family, &

1. Do not disregard the ESRB

 The most important pitfall to avoid by families is not keeping a close eye on ESRB ratings (or PEGI- Europe’s version of the ESRB. They too are urging parents to always check the video game rating (Press Release from ELSPA)).


December 5, 2008 at 2:23 pm 1 comment

The 2008 Nice list is out…who’s on it

The National Institute on Media and the Family (NIMF) has put our the 2008 Nice & Naughty list of video games.  Please visit their site and, where this year they’ve add a breif decriptions on why they have given the game a NIce or Naughty rating.

Nintendo has made the nice list with the following titles


·         All Star Cheer Squad

·         Animal Crossing: City Folk

·         FIFA Soccer 09

·         Hasbro Family Game Night

·         High School Musical 3: Senior Year DANCE!

·         LittleBigPlanet

·         Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy

·         NBA LIVE 09

·         NCAA Basketball 09

·         Samba de Amigo


·         Guitar Hero World Tour

·         Rock Band 2

·         Rock Revolution

·         Shaun White Snowboarding

·         Spider-Man: Web of Shadows


November 26, 2008 at 6:13 pm Leave a comment

The 2008 Naughty List is out….who’s on it


The National Institute on Media and the Family has put out there 2008 VIDEO GAMES TO AVOID for kids.  This is there 13th annual video game report.  The video game industry for the first time received straight A’s (where as in 2005 the video game industry was receiving F’s across the board in regards to rating enforcement).

The NIMF still feels that parents are not paying attention to the ESRB ratings and especially not taking advantage of the parental controls built into the gaming systems.



  • Blitz: The League II
  • Dead Space
  • Fallout 3
  • Far Cry 2
  • Gears of War 2
  • Legendary
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Resistance 2
  • Saints Row 2
  • Silent Hill: Homecoming


November 26, 2008 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment