Violent Video Games: 3 Kid-Friendly Alternatives

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April 30, 2015

When it comes to the appropriateness of movies, music, television shows and video games, every family is different. Ultimately, only you can decide what you think is right for your children. Some parents are fine with allowing their children free range in order to test their own limits whereas others feel that their offspring need a little more guidance. If you fall into the latter category, you may appreciate this post since it provides alternatives to three of the most popular video games right now.


The Walking Dead: Season 2 (Rated M) vs. Back to the Future: The Game (Rated 11+)

There is little doubt that The Walking Dead, whether it’s the television show, graphic novel or video game, is extremely popular right now. Unfortunately, some may find the game a little too graphic for young players but their desire to explore and play an adventurous title may be fulfilled with the Back to the Future game. Instead of hunting for a cure as they fight off zombies, gamers will help Marty McFly navigate through 3D environments, solve puzzles and perform specific tasks seven months after the events that took place in the films.

Alien Isolation (Rated M) vs Gemini Rue (12+)

Most of us are familiar with Alien and all of the sequels that followed. The original 1979 sci-fi thriller has maintained a cult-like following over the years and this most recent game is very popular but is also said to be pretty intense. If your young gamer is craving something a little more gritty but you are uncomfortable with Alien Isolation, consider Gemini Rue, a cyberpunk adventure game that has a cool retro feel. Players will have to use a point and click interface to solve puzzles and interact with the environment with less gunplay and a greater emphasis on problem solving.

Grand Theft Auto V (Rated M) swapped for Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (13+)

The Grand Theft Auto franchise has maintained its popularity for years and, with every release, the production team seems to take the graphic violence up another notch. If you are adamantly against allowing your child to play GTA pick up a copy of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. The game still offers a “grown up” feel while offering much tamer content. Players will take on the role of the fictional archeologist and her sidekick, Totec, an ancient Mayan warrior as they face off against the evil spirit, Xolotl, and his army of spiders, trolls and demon-like creatures.

What has been your experience with video games? Have you tried any of the above-mentioned titles?

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