I read Family Circle magazine on occasion (great recipes!) and in their recent edition I came across an article that lists "Video Games for Families: 19 Terrific Releases for Tweens, Teens, and Parents Too." I'm usually pretty skeptical of articles of this nature. The media tends to demonize gaming and, as a result, suggestions made for families tend to be restricted to fluffy Wii shovelware.
In this case, I was surprised and impressed with their list. I could tell they put a lot of thought into their choices, and the picks illustrate the author's understanding of video games.
Here's what they had on their list:
Rock Band 3
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
The Sly Collection
Def Jam Rapster
Little Big Planet 2
Pixeljunk Shooter 2
Start the Party
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Kirby's Epic Yarn
One reason I like this magazine is its way of adding information for parents who may not understand the more techy side of newer generations. They do it in a way that doesn't sound like they underestimate the intelligence of their readership, but rather put the explanations in as a respectful FYI to those who might not know every term.
For example, here's what this particular author says about Lego Universe: "An MMO, which stands for massively multiplayer online game. This one's a twist on the traditional that allows players to craft their own worlds amidst tons of quest-y action. If you ever doubted that screen time could make a kid smarter, check it out."
What do you think? Is this list a good one? What other family friendly games would you add to it?