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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that VanossGaming is a popular YouTube channel that features multiplayer sequences of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Grand Theft Auto V, and other video games. Many segments show funny moments from several different installments of the same game as well. Depending on the featured game, there is a lot of violence, with the players using guns and other weapons to kill people and various creatures. Other objects like vehicles are weaponized, and there are references to suicide when players die intentionally. Expect some mention of sex and a lot of edgy language ("f--k," "s--t," "goddammit," "bitch," etc.) in the players' banter with each other. We recommend parent co-viewing of YouTube content for kids under 13. Please note: Our reviewers watch between 1 and 2 hours of content to determine the general appropriateness of each YouTube channel. Some channels contain more variety within their content than others; we do our best to capture the channel's overall subject and tone to help parents make the best choice for their family.
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What's the story?
VANOSSGAMING is a collection of multiplayer gaming videos by YouTube personality Evan Fong. Series include rounds of Grand Theft Auto V, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Dead Rising 3, and Stick Fight, with compilations of funny moments from gaming segments among Fong and his friends accounting for much of the channel's content.
Is it any good?
Fong appeals to millions of subscribers because of the high quality of his videos and the funny banter between the players. Because many of the videos are collections of brief clips from different games, there's not a lot of continuity in either the conversations or the gaming content, but that doesn't much matter. Fans keep coming back to VanossGaming for the overall entertainment quality of what Fong produces.
This channel clearly appeals to a niche audience of gamers, but because of the players' excessive strong language and the violent nature of many of the games they play, it's not for kids or even sensitive teens in many cases. An easy rule of thumb would be to tailor the VanossGaming videos to your teens' gaming habits themselves. If the featured game isn't on your approved list, then the VanossGaming series shouldn't be either.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how violence on-screen impacts viewers. Does seeing violence in the context of a game or TV show lessen its effect on you? Is there an argument to be made that it could contribute to an increasingly violent society?
Does role-playing in video games allow players to feel like heroes, or does it give a false sense of invincibility? What instances, if any, do you see in VanossGaming's content that could be considered heroic? Do the players or their gaming counterparts ever demonstrate strong character traits like courage or perseverance?
What are your family's rules about screen time, and are they realistic in this day and age? Have we become overly dependent on technology? How does it keep us safer and healthier? On the other hand, what negative effects can you see it having on people?
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