Posts Written OnOctober 2015

Crash Course: FPS

As I wrote in last week’s post, Parents fear First Person Shooters, there are plenty of reasons to have concern regarding First Person Shooters (FPS). I ran out of time before I got to talk about how FPS can be an incredible and engaging genre as well. No, it’s not appropriate for all ages, neither are movies such as Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan or, heck, even The Passion of the Christ for that matter. Yet these movies deliver powerful and engages experiences that draw throngs of viewers to give up their hard-won money and limited time in order to see…

The Games Parents Fear: FPS

First Person Shooters (FPS) is a genre that ties parents in knots. Game review sites are filled with discussions, opinions and arguments about the value or danger of first person shooters. All of this attention isn’t without reason. Outside of some action-adventure titles FPS are the most obviously violent. I say obviously because there are games such as Starcraft 2 or the yet-to-be-released Total War:Warhammer which have far more people dying but in a much less personal way. And the news we see and hear makes parents uneasy. So what is an FPS? In short, it’s exactly what you’d expect. In an FPS you: see from…

Halo 5: Is it appropriate for my son?

A friend sent me this message today and I thought it was a great question that others might be able to benefit from hearing. Q: “Gabe (her son) is trying to convince me that Halo 5 is totally ok because it’s rated T. Do you think it’s appropriate for a 9 year old? I’m not convinced by his argument.” A: In short, no, Halo 5 is not appropriate for Gabe as it was not built for a 9 year old.  I love to make sure parents can make educated decisions, though, so I thought I’d give you some context for…