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What 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.
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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?
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.
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