The National Institute on Media and the Family has released their 2008 Video Game Buying Guide, which includes a section on games to absolutely avoid buying for children. The only problem is: the list is full of amazing games! The games are all on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 with the Wii avoiding the no-no list.
While I tend to agree that some games are too mature for young children, I also believe that each parent should decide if their child is ready to play an M-rated game. Some kids are mature enough to handle virtual violence and bloodshed.
Here's some highlights from the list:
"Fallout 3 is set in a post-nuclear world. The survivors must navigate their way through a world with giant insects, raiders, slavers and super mutants. Player’s kill whatever is in their path with guns and explosives. This game is rated M for blood and gore, intense violence, sexual themes, strong language and drug use. Available on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360."
"Gears of War 2 finds Marcus Fenix and the Delta Squad battling the Locust Horde for the survival of humanity. The game’s main weapon is the Lancer Assault Rifle, which combines a rifle with a chain saw. The game is rated M for blood and gore, intense violence and strong language. Available on Xbox 360."
"Resistance 2 finds Nathan Hale fighting the same Chimera alien race he did in the original Resistance game. This version is set in the United States instead of Europe. The Chimera obliterates cities and kills civilians by the thousands. The game is rated M for blood and gore, intense violence and strong language. Available on PlayStation 3."
The full list can be read here.
Do you think that no kids should play M-rated games? What was your first M-rated game and how old were you when you first played one? My parents got me Mortal Kombat when I was 9 and now I work at G4.