Gamespot

Common Sense Media says

Game on -- for parents. Not for young kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Game descriptions and reviews described criminal behavior as if it were a positive thing.

Violence

Cover art, movie trailers.

Sex

Some of the cover art is revealing and suggestive.

Language

User comments only.

Consumerism

Some ads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Didn't spot any.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site is a good one for them to explore, since you can see screenshots and read plot scenarios and reviews for all those games your kids are playing now or asking you to buy. Sometimes you can also find "walk-throughs" for the games. These are very detailed scripts that tell you every game move and describe the best way to play to win. This is a great timesaver for parents who want to know exactly what happens in the games. While the site has some merits, young kids don't belong there due to the violence portrayed in the trailers as well as the buxom and scantily clad heroines in some of the screenshots.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

This is a popular site to trade game cheat codes and modifications and to view demos of new and upcoming computer and video games. There are downloads, reviews, discussion forums, and lots of information about each game. Besides computer and video console games, you'll find information on mobile phone games here, too. If you say you're at least 13 years old, you can become a basic member of the site. This allows you to post in the forums and gain access to special features. Premium membership is available for $30 a year and includes ad-free browsing, faster downloads, and access to live events on the site. There is a seven-day free trial.

Is it any good?

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Kids can watch video "movie trailers" featuring scenes from the games. For instance, you can see a promotional video and hear a voiceover track for the James Bond game, "Goldeneye." It coaches kids to "think like a villain," explaining that, in the game, they will be able to wield two different weapons at once, "with separate triggers!" including sniper rifles, venom injectors, and even rocket launchers "to take out large groups." Kids are also exhorted to "develop your villain tactics ... learn to take hostages and use them as extra armor." You get the idea. The point is, your kids don't need ideas like this.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of positive games in which the goal is learning, not violence. Families can also watch our video about online gaming and can talk about what a good amount of time is for playing online games.

Website details

Genre:Fan Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

This site is the site to go to if you want to know about games

Good site is really all I can say. Just go here for all your gaming needs.
Adult Written bydead May 16, 2012
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16
QUALITY
 

A great gaming site, intended for teens that are mature enough and act responsibly.

May contain the occasional profane comment, dirty jokes in the reviews, viscreal imagery from games or the covers. Some of the new reviews are now uncensored and may show brief nudity from the gameplay
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byZsky2 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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