Synopses & Reviews
With sales over $30 billion per year--approaching Hollywood's annual box-office take--video and computer games are now part of the mainstream of entertainment. However, many concerned parents and other adults find themselves experiencing a generation gap in the face of this huge cultural phenomenon. In this helpful primer, award-winning journalist and bestselling author Richard Abanes--an experienced gamer himself--gives readers a survey of the field and a framework for thinking through the issues they'll face. They'll be equipped to make better decisions by Abanes's discussion of subjects like
- positives and negatives of game-playing and game content
- the rating system--where it's helpful, where it's not
- what separates family-friendly games from those that aren't
- terminology and genres, such as sports, role-playing, shooter
- political--cultural issues being stirred up by the pervasiveness of gaming
Parents especially will appreciate the author's unsensational approach in regard to the good and bad effects games can have on young minds, as well as the recommendations he gives for family-friendly games. And every reader will come away better prepared to make judgments about not just what is shown in games, but how it's shown and in what context...and what overall message is being delivered. Note: includes candid discussion of game content.
In this helpful primer, an award-winning journalist and experienced gamer gives readers a survey of the field and a framework for thinking through the issues in order to make judgments about not only what is shown in games, but how it's shown, in what context, and what overall message is being delivered.
and what overall message is being delivered. Note: includes candid discussion of game content.