Blast Processing: How to Introduce Your Children to Video Games

To say that video games are divisive is the understatement of the century. You either love them for their entertainment value, storytelling mechanics, and constant innovation, or you shun them as time wasters that warp the minds of the youth. Whatever you believe, the first step towards safeguarding your children from inappropriate material is education and vigilance! That’s where we come in.

Today on Healthversed, we’re going to give you a crash course in video games. Over the next few pages we’ll go over which games to avoid, how to police your child’s usage, what the experts say about violence in video games, and so much more!

So, sit back, relax, and press start when you’re ready. Let’s go!

Regulations

If you’re worried that a particularly mischievous son or daughter are side stepping your house rules by purchasing and buying forbidden video games without your consent, don’t. Most retailers are required to ask for identification to ensure that the more controversial games don’t end up in the wrong hands.

You must be 17 to purchase any game with an M for Mature rating and 18 to purchase anything rated AO for Adults Only. And trust me, retailers do take these rules seriously. I remember having to drag my Mom out to the game store to purchase Grand Theft Auto over 10 years ago. To this day, 16-year-old me still can’t believe that she bought it.

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