Parents and grandparents… wondering what video game buy the kids? How to make the right choice? The Canadian association of producers of software gives you some basic tips.
In all the cases, parents should play an active role, learn and educate their children.
Check assessments. Assessment is on the front of the game box and shows you for what age group the game is suitable.
Read carefully what is indicated on the box and take a good look. The game content is described on the back of the box. It is a useful tool that allows parents to understand why games are classified according to certain age groups.
I speak to you further down in this page of the meanings of the different sides and written information on the boxes of video games.
Use the parental controls offered on all platforms. These controls allow parents to restrict content based on the age of the user, of the assessment of the ESRB, to fix a game schedule, set monthly budgets for the online game and limit the functions of chat with other users in the game in real time.
Play with your children. Recent polls show that Canadian families are turning to gambling as a way to spend time together. According to Ipsos Reid, 57% of parents play video games with their children. Choose songs that you can play with your children.
Go beyond the box. There are many other sources of information on video games, including the criticism of these games, trailers and demonstrations, as well online and in store, to allow parents to make choices in video games for their children.
Google the title of the game, are looking for sites, blogs that talk about the games. Give you a complete French site in link. But… Google is still your best friend, because no site does the tour of all the games. The site to which I lead you often allows you to download the demo of the game. A great way to get an idea. We speak also of life! The game is over after 4 or 5 hours? At $ 60 the game… it’s expensive now!
Information on written quotes on the boxes of games
eC: The content of young children classified titles may be suitable for children 3 years and older. The titles in this category contain no element that parents may find inappropriate.
E: Securities classified children and adult content may be suitable for children 6 years and older. The titles in this category may include some elements of animated, fictional or mild violence or sometimes foul language.
E 10 +: The content of classified titles children and adults 10 + may be suitable for children 10 years and older. Titles in this category may include a higher degree of violence, animated, fictional or slight, of coarse language and/or some suggestive scenes.
T: The content of teenagers classified titles may be suitable for children 13 years and older. Titles in this category may contain elements of violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, some representations of blood, simulated games of chance and/or a sometimes filthy language.
M 17 +: The content of young adults classified titles may be suitable for people aged 17 and over. Titles in this category may have a high degree of violence, the representations of blood and carnage, sexual scenes, or a filthy language.
A o: The content is suitable only for people 18 years and older. The titles in this category may include prolonged scenes of intense violence or racy sex scenes and nudity.
PR: A title marked RP (Rating Pending / side pending) has been submitted to the ESRB and is awaiting final rating. (RP is only visible for the advertising campaign prior to a game’s release.)
Lexicon of the indications next to the sides
Trash-songs Lyrics contain profanity and explicit and/or frequent references to sex, violence and the use of alcohol or drugs
Sexual-content No explicit depictions of sexual behavior, including possibly partial nudity
Mischief-Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor
Strong content sex-Representations explicit or frequent of sexual behavior, possibly including nudity.
Adult-humor Depictions or dialogue involving “adult” humor, including references to sex
Crude – humor Depictions or dialogue involving vulgar mischief, including “toilet humor”
Language-Light to moderate swearing
Filthy-language Frequent use and/or explicit profanity
Mention of alcohol Words and/or images of alcoholic beverages
Mention of drug-Words and/or images of illegal drugs
Mention of tobacco-Words and/or images of tobacco products
Nudity-Prolonged nudity or graphic representations
Partial-nudity Brief and/or light scenes of nudity
Song-lyrics Contains profanity and minor references to sex, violence, consumption of alcohol or drugs
Violent-references References to violent acts
Blood- Depictions of blood
Animation-blood Blood-discolored and/or unrealistic depictions
Blood and carnage-Depictions of blood or the mutilation of body parts
Simulation of games of chance-The player can play at random without bet or pledge cash or real money.
Sex-themes References to sex or sexuality
Suggestive-themes References or slightly suggestive material
Alcohol-use Consumption of alcoholic beverages
Drug-use Consumption or use of illegal drugs
Smoking-Consumption of tobacco products
Violence-Scenes involving aggressive conflict. May contain bloodless mutilation.
Violence in animation-Violent acts with situations and characters animated s. may contain violence without infringing characters victims of such acts
Fictitious-violence Violent acts to fictional character with human or non-human characters in situations that can be easily distinguished from real life
Intense-violence Performances graphics and realistic physical conflict. May contain extreme and/or realistic scenes of blood, carnage and weapons, as well as representations of personal injury and death
Sexual-violence Depictions of rape or other violent sexual acts
Real games of chance-The player can play at random, including bet or bet real money or species
When a descriptive note is preceded by the term “Low”, it represents a low frequency, intensity or severity of the content it modifies.
For other useful tips to parents and evaluation of video games systems, visit the Web site: gametate.com.