There are so many games to choose from out there. If you enjoy shooting things, or stabbing things, or building things, or creating civilizations – whatever you like there is a game within which to do it. Of course there is a big focus on violent games, but Consumer Reports is approaching this totally backwards.
Consumer Reports lists the five most violent games of 2014, but they use the worst ever tag-line: “Adults might enjoy these games, but keep them far away from your young children!” The article goes on to say:
As much fun as some grownups may have playing violent and profane video games (and as you can probably tell from the reviews below, I’m one of them!), some games should never come anywhere near your kids. We picked five of the most grievous offenders. All are rated M for Mature by the ESRB.
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These games are already rated M for Mature – why would you even consider buying them for your kids? Sure, some games are violent, but that’s why they get a rating so that parents don’t buy them for kids who are too young. Somehow, they manage to get even more idiotic with the list itself.
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Watch Dogs
- The Evil Within
- Assassin’s Creed Unity
- Sunset Overdrive
Have they actually looked at the games released this year? Sure, GTA will also be on these kinds of lists, and The Evil Within certainly is gory and graphic. But Sunset Overdrive? I’d put something like Shadow of Mordor higher on a list than Watch Dogs – some of those animations are seriously gruesome. They’re awesome, and you’re killing what are clearly bad guys, but it’s still not appropriate for children. Or how about Wolfenstein?
This is clearly just a list of easily targeted games that have nothing to do with violence or children, but just stirring controversy. Shame on you Consumer Reports – what a way to throw away your credibility.
Last Updated: December 12, 2014
December 12, 2014 at 19:18
Honestly, the entire article coming from CR is astounding. They’re traditionally there to evaluate the quality/longevity of a product. The substance of the content has never really been anything they’ve focused on. I agree Zoe, shame on them, clearly agenda driven horseshit.
The entire article could be summed up to ESRB ratings mean something, parents, don’t be dipshits. The sad thing is, they missed a very real and great opportunity to critique the quality/functionality of games during an era when such a report could be very well received, and used to send a very necessary message to developers about not launching broken games.
Unfortunately, as is always the case, this also assumes that your average VG buyer, actually reads consumer report style magazines, and would actually reciprocate by not purchasing a title…and I think we’ve all identified that unless it’s a new IP, that just isn’t going to happen.