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Online games in nature do suck kids in so parents might want to set time limits. Games are pretty simple, but their settings can sometimes be adult in nature, like the "Bar Bowling" and card games. Card games encourage betting.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Even the tackle sports games don't have any violence.
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Language can be mildly abrasive in some games.
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Products & Purchases
There is little commercialism in the games except for the promotion of the ESPN network. In addition to the virtual betting games, banner ads for casinos and online gaming sites appear on almost every page.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several traditional bar games, such as darts and bar bowling are available, and most have a bar setting, complete with full mugs of beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that among the fun, free, and innocuous sports and puzzle games on this site there are also a few adult-themed games that have bar settings and gambling scenarios. Banner ads are almost exclusively dedicated to the promotion of casinos and gambling sites. By registering, members can safely chat and use the message boards on ESPN.com's main site, which is linked to from ESPN Arcade.
Is It Any Good?
The graphics are clean and simple, but realistic, and the games lack complexity: There's usually one stated goal for each game, such as make as many baskets as possible or be the first car to cross the finish line. Several traditional bar games, such as darts and bar bowling are available, and most have a bar setting, complete with full mugs of beer. Also, card games such as Texas Hold 'em poker are available and players use betting chips to wager against other players (both real and virtual).
For the most part, the games are simple, nonviolent, and not as competitive as most console sports programs.
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