This post originally appeared on www.kidsafe.me.
Does your 2010 holiday list include a child, tween, or teen gamer? Statistics say that 90% of parents don’t check a video game’s rating before buying it for their child.
Whether your kid is 6 or 16, it’s important to know what type of content is in the game he’ll be playing. While video game ratings, like movie ratings, are far from perfect, they can help parents decide whether certain content is appropriate for their child or not.
2010 Holiday Games Rated E (for everyone ages 6+)
Games rated E are appropriate for most kids over 6. They may contain mild violence and mischief. Some hot holiday games for 2010 are:
- Gran Turismo 5
- Epic Mickey
- Donkey Kong Country Returns
- Super Mario 25th All Stars: 25th Anniversary Edition
2010 Holiday Games Rated T (for teens 13+)
Games rated T are appropriate for most kids over 13. They may contain violence, suggestive themes, minimal blood, and occasional strong language. Some popular 2010 holiday games are:
- Golden Eye
- World of Warcraft Cataclysm
2010 Holiday Games Rated M (for mature ages 17+)
Games rated M are appropriate for most users over 17. They may contain heavy violence, gore, sexual content, and strong language. Some of this year’s popular games are:
- Assassins Creed
- Halo Reach
- Call of Duty: Black Ops
- Star Wars Force Unleashed II
When buying your last few odds and ends for the gaming child, tween, or teen in your life, don’t forget to check the rating. And remember that the ESRB rating of any game doesn’t factor in the content or conversations kids might be exposed to when gaming online with others.