Ten years ago, I was just coming out of college. I was single, writing reviews for WYWS Magazine (street cred for those that remember it), and sleeping from 7am until 3pm after long nights of video gaming. I had, at that time, two arcade sticks for my game systems. Any punk that challenged me in Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 (for the Dreamcast!) was going to get their ass handed to them in a cold rain of shinkuu-hadokens.
Today, I’ve got the arcade sticks packed away, in favor of my kid’s toys. My game systems are inside of a locked television stand. WYWS went out of business years ago and the editor-in-chief lost my number. I have a day job. A wife. A kid. I no longer go to sleep at 7am; I get up for work at 6:45am.
Oh, and Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds hit the streets this week.
No way my wife would let me couch-it for a week, use up my vacation hours from work, and slam buttons on a joystick all night, just to figure out if MvC3 is appropriate for kids to play. But a guy can dream.
When I set out to review Call of Duty: Black Ops for 8BitDad, my initial thought was – why review this game? People know that it’s not kid-friendly, so does it really have a place on this website?
Sure it does. I think that you dudes (and dudettes too, I guess) already know exactly how inappropriate this game is for your kids – but you might also want to know how awesome Black Ops can be for YOU, a responsible adult that only plays games late into the night when your kid is asleep. It also should be some indication of quality that it took me two weeks to put down the controller so that I could do this write-up.
So, let’s get it out of the way right now: highly recommended for you…obviously inappropriate for your kid. Unless your kid is 18 or over.
Some of you are reading this and thinking “no kidding, you think I’m going to let my kid play Halo: Reach?” But you’d be surprised how many parents out there still don’t pay attention to the ESRB ratings of games, and are fooled by the idea that violence in space is not violence.
You know, the whole “tree falls in forest” thing. If someone gets their head cut off in space, did it truly count as violence?
What makes this review especially tough is that Halo: Reach is a great game, and it’s really fun. But it’s just not appropriate for kids. It’s probably more violent than other games in the Halo series, and because of that, you should be wary of it when your 10 year old tells you that everyone’s playing it and he’s GOT to have it. Read on for the full review.