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Common Sense Age Rating (like Netflix)

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I like using ESRB as a good place to start when deciding which games to consider for my kids. But many games, especially older ones or even newer indie titles, don't have ESRB ratings. Without such ratings, it's nearly impossible to determine age appropriateness of games without playing them all to completion, in some cases multiple times. I've heard of games that are pretty mild until you are hours in. In order to avoid surprises, it would be great to have an age rating to rely on that is driven by the player base with first hand knowledge of the games. Netflix has such a system which also includes a useful breakdown of the ratings with descriptions of content. Such a rating would never be my only decision factor, but it would certainly let me instantly cross games off the list, without having to play them first, that I know include themes I decide are inappropriate for my kids. Additionally, such rating information could even supplement traditional ratings. As an adult, I might find a childish looking game more intriguing if I knew it included adult or dark themes. I appreciate that GOG themselves add information to some games, such as 'I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream', which includes the verbiage on the game card "Please be advised that the game contains disturbing imagery and should not be played by minors." However, a seventeen year old is a minor. It would be nice to have more information than just that.

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Hello fuzzknuckle. I don't use Netflix and I don't know how they determine their 'Common Sense Age Rating'. <br /> What I can tell you as someone who played games as a young adult is that most age ratings don't make much sense. I could have played 'I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream' with 13. There are undertones in that game that I wouldn't have picked up on at the time, but I would have had a good time and it wouldn't have scarred me for life. ... <br /> However, the opinion I just gave you was very subjective. I didn't make any points of reference what's in the game that made me say "13 is okay". Neither would a "13 is okay. Love, your [ESRB-equivalent]" rating. I'm not a parent, but I'm willing to bet you are not alone with that problem. There 'has' to be some kind of dedicated message board or similar system where parents talk about and rate games and how appropriate they are for different age brackets. And while it would be helpful to have 'some' age indicator for the 'unrated' games (maybe from the developers) you should try to find a message board with responsible adults that discusses these kinds of things and is able to make more detailed recommendations.

Nov. 3, 2017
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