THQ’s anticipated platform for artists big and small is set for a November release, and I’ve yet to find a person that’s not totally excited. Take a moment and try to remember how rad that one kid in your neighborhood was when he got the Vtech Video Painter – that’s how your kid is going to be when he gets the uDraw. I mean, not that we’re espousing the link between material possessions and popularity. Okay, maybe a little.
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Maybe you’re a new father, and now that you’ve got a 24-7 responsibility, you’ve kind of made peace with the idea that you just can’t play video games anymore. Maybe you’re a not-recently new father whose family needs to be up early, so your nights usually die at 8:30pm. Either way, you already miss your video games. Why was it that when your wife had her baby, you had to lose yours? Ooh, burn. Just kidding. But the fact is that it has become increasingly harder for you to play your favorite game now that there’s a little one sleeping on the other side of the wall. Evidently, the sounds of war and violence don’t mix well with a sleeping family.
That’s where Turtle Beach’s Ear Force X11 becomes your knight in shining plastic.
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.
I’ll start this off by saying that What They Play‘s Nicholaus S. Noles is not a bad writer. He’s done some good articles for WTP that are really informative for parents that might not necessarily be in-the-know about the gaming world. Plus, he’s looking out for parents and kids, and, if you don’t mind me going soft for a second, is important.
With that disclaimer, I’d like to say that his “Mafia II: 6 Things Parents Should Know” is not actually helpful in deterring parents from buying Mafia II, and in fact, might have just sold me on the game. His 6 things after the jump.