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Steam rolls out parental controls for all users


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Jan 09
For a second there, I got all pumped to hear Steam Family Options had gone live for all users after previously being restricted to beta participants. Then I realized this isn't the same thing as Steam Family Sharing -- rather... read
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Excerpt: 5 games kids love and parents hate


Mar 13
I'm lucky to have parents that didn't have a problem with any videogames. Of course, I grew up at a time where there were no first-person shooters and fighting games weren't bloody and/or sexy yet. These days kids have it har... read
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Nintendo considering new parental controls for 3DS


Aug 04
One of the complaints parents often levy against videogames is the amount of time that children spend playing them. Now, when I was a kid, my parents set clear boundaries as to when it was appropriate for me to play and for h... read
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National Institute on Media and the Family shutting down


Dec 22
One of the long-standing organizations fighting the good fight for righteousness, decency and protecting our children from those evil videogames has fallen. The National Institute for Media and the Family (NIMF), whose annual... read
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An update on Xbox 360 social networking family settings


Nov 06
It seems the new dashboard update, which isn't available to everyone just yet, has been getting some flak from those under the age of 18, and rightfully so. The joy of using Twitter, Facebook, and Last.fm on an Xbox 360 canno... read
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Swearing CONFIRMED for 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand


Feb 17
Just in case you were worried that 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand would not have any rude words in it, you can rest assured that swearing has been confirmed! A list of Fiddy's taunts has been revealed, allowing players access to ... read
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Former Nintendo exec says that dumb parents shouldn't have sex


Sep 01
Perrin Kaplan, former Nintendo vice president of marketing, shared an interesting thought at a panel on sex and violence in games at PAX this year. Kaplan said, “Parents who use videogames as a babysitter shouldn’... read
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WhatTheyPlay.com breaks down games for parents


Feb 05
ESRB ratings on videogames aren't always enough for some parents. While a Mature rating is a clear indicator that a 7-year-old shouldn't be playing the title, a Teen rating may have a full range of questionable content, and E... read
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Captain Obvious: Parents frequently bungle game gifts


Nov 20
My mother, without fail, would ask me to make my Christmas list every year. Like clockwork, she'd take it, go shopping, and more or less ignore it. I think it took a fit of hysterics at age seven or so to get her to finally l... read
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Consoles difficult or people stupid: we report, you decide!


Oct 02
This piece on Gamepolitics -- the completely unpartisan website focused entirely on truth, justice and not at all becoming offended by anything I might ever type -- reveals some not-so-shocking truths regarding our consoles a... read






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