Kids and Gaming

Quick tips for the busy grown-up.

It is the Christmas Season so I will keep this brief.

Games on sale like DVDs are subject to classification in Australia making it easy for you to avoid making embarrassing purchases for younger kids. The talk about Grand Theft Auto V has brought this under the spotlight as an example.

Technically speaking this game sets new standards and is a great game but the content is definitely mature to the point that Target has pulled the game from its shelves.

Long story short, look for the ratings on the cover of the box if you are in a hurry or ask a salesperson if you are not sure. Of course I am also available to answer your questions should you have any.

Also those running low on technology gift ideas are welcome to listen in on my upcoming episode of #TechTonight when I will help with #xmastech gift choices with Chris Ilsley this Monday 8th December 2014 from 8:20PM to 9:00PM on 6PR.

Those that are interested in my ramblings may keep on reading.

Back in 2012 we saw the R18+ rating applied to previously banned games allowing adult gamers to legally purchase games that were only available through less than legal means. The gaming community rejoiced loudly as they were now legally allowed to purchase adult game titles in Australia as adults. This also saw the electronic entertainment classification align with film classifications that we have been using for some time.

Where people have previously dropped the ball is the assumption that computer games are strictly for kids.
This could not be further from the truth.
The global gaming industry is a mulit-billion dollar juggernaut with development budgets rivalling Hollywood blockbusters and similar sales figures on opening weekends.
With all this money, developers are creating epics spanning entire series of games with rich stories, complex characters and of course many plot devices to bring impact to the gaming experience. Some of them are far from kid friendly.

Games in stores and in most cases online carry classification labels by law and give the hurried purchaser at-a-glance guides to finding the right material for the age group.

We are now all properly armed to make the right choices for the children in our lives and can confidently deliver on the social contract of getting something they will enjoy while not being one of “those people”.

Santa would never be one of “those people” and neither should you.

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