Straight from the No-Brainer Department comes a list of games that parents should not buy their children this holiday season. The New York Times has republished a collection of 10 titles deemed totally uncool for kids to play by the media watchdog group Common Sense Media.
While we're all for educating parents about the naughty video games their children want to play, we can't help but slap our foreheads at how obvious some of them are. Besides, all a responsible parent needs to do is stray away from the big fat "Rated M for Mature" logo on the box art of such titles.
We wouldn't disagree with any title on the list, but some of the suggested alternatives for these titles are a bit suspect. For example, replacing Modern Warfare 2 with Battlefield: Bad Company only brings the blood level down a bit--the war combat and violence are still present in Bad Company. We absolutely loved Uncharted 2, but there's plenty of gunplay and headshots in the T-rated blockbuster as well.
Ideally, we'd love to see parents become more involved in their child's gaming habits. The only way to make sure a game is right for the younger ones is to have Mom or Dad sit in on a few sessions.
Click over for the full Common Sense Media list of unfriendly titles along with their alternatives.
Naughty: Assassin's Creed II
Alternate: Mirror's Edge
Naughty: Modern Warfare 2
Alternate: Battlefield: Bad Company
Naughty: Dead Space Extraction
Alternate: Deadly Creatures
Naughty: Dragon Age: Origins
Naughty: Demon's Souls
Alternate: Uncharted 2
Naughty: Left 4 Dead 2
Alternate: Overlord II
Naughty: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Alternate: C.O.P.: The Recruit