We Need More Positive Family Game Ratings

Wired: While advice designed to protect children from inappropriate games proliferates, there's an eerie silence when it comes to recommendations. GeekDad gamers are ideally placed to enhance their family time with great gaming challenges that aren't necessarily limited to the tame Wii family games – but they need to go beyond the current official classifications.

Technology can be scary, particularly for parents facing an array of entertainment and social networking choices not available in their own childhood. Because of this, we spend a lot of time and money informing families of what isn't appropriate. For video games we have two rating systems in the UK, the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) and PEGI (Pan European Game Information), in addition to the US-focused ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board). The BBFC rates games that require an 18 certificate, while PEGI applies its system to everything else.

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