My four kids are pretty close in age — 6, 8, 11, and 11 — but they still have very different ideas about what makes for a good TV show or a good movie. The same applies to video games. It gets a wee more complicated if we also want something that isn’t completely irritating to us as parents.
There are a few things we’ll always agree on, though. Star Wars and Harry Potter, for example. And, happily, the games I’ve listed below. I think a lot of families with an even wider age range of kids would still like these.
Regarding the ratings, many of the games I’ve included are rated E for Everyone. Some are rated E10, which means they’re for ages 10 and up–but I still let my six- and eight-year-olds play them. The National Geographic game, for example, is rated E10 for “Mild Violence.” I can tell you that when they say “Mild,” they mean really, really mild. Like, fending off magpies mild. It’s nature, people. Animals do eat each other.
Two games I included are rated T for Teen. One is a Star Wars game, which has Star Wars-y violence. We decided we’re okay with it, pretty much because we’re all Star Wars geeks. The other is Dance Central 3, and that’s rated for teens because it includes songs that are on the radio. You can skip any songs you don’t like, of course. Dance Central 3 has LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It,” which may not exactly be appropriate for all ages. However, it also has Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby,” which is hilarious. Between that and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” I was sold.
Check out my family’s picks for Xbox 360 games for kids of almost any age (and their parents).
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