Choosing games from online game stores may seem baffling (also intimidating, at times) for most of the parents who hardly can decipher games jargons such as â€˜pwning noobsâ€™, â€˜button mashingâ€™. Even worse, parents often feel uncomfortable to enter the alien worlds of console games and watch over their childrenâ€™s activities throughout the game. Here are some effective tips on understanding video games rating and jargon to identify the right ones for your kids.
A Little dictionaryÂ
First of all, let us start with the alien jargons of games to help you understand what each of them indicates. Thus, you can also participate in your kids ‘gamer speak’ at home and encourage them discuss the thrills and challenges of games with you.
Pwning: Meaning â€˜dominating an opponentâ€™
Button Mashing: Meaning â€˜pushing random buttons franticly to pull off a comboâ€™
Noob: Denotes â€˜an inexperienced, or novice playerâ€™
Mod: The Mod denotes â€˜Modificationâ€™, the type of downloadable add-on content which is created by common public. Mods are usually used to gear up the accuracy and power of weapons in a game.
Combo: this is an action in game which is activated when a series of buttons are pressed within a pre-defined interval.
After jargons, comes the rating
First of all, look for the rating provided by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) on the package of the game. This is a nonprofit organization that determines the ratings that are found on all the games available for purchase or rental. The front side and the backside of the package of the games show ratings that are:
â€˜ECâ€™ or Early Childhood â€“ That are suitable for 3 and older aged kids. Gamed that are rated as â€˜ECâ€™ contain no such content that would raise the brows of parents.
â€˜Eâ€™ or Everyone â€“ Games that are titled as â€˜Eâ€™ rating are recommended for kids of ages 6 and older. Games of this category contain some form of fantasy, cartoon, and mild violence.
â€˜E10+â€™ or Everyone 10+ â€“ Games having a rating of E10+ include content that are usually suitable for children of 10 and older kids. These games may contain more of everything is found in â€˜Eâ€™ games such as more fantasy,Â more cartoon, mild violence and mild language, some suggestive themes.
â€˜Tâ€™ or Teen â€“ Games with a rating of â€˜Tâ€™ include content that would be appropriate for 13 years of kids and older. These titles may contain some violence, rough humor, suggestive themes, infrequent use of strong language, and minimal blood.
â€˜Mâ€™ or Mature – Titles with â€˜Mâ€™ rating include content that are appropriate for 17 years old kids and older kids because this category may include sexual content, strong violence, and use of strong language.
Titles with â€˜AOâ€™ or Adults Only are for adults as it mentions and â€˜RPâ€™ or Rating Pending are those titles that are still awaiting to receive final rating from ESRB.