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How To Go Beyond the ESRB’s Sexual Content Descriptors

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Most parents are fairly familiar with the ESRB ratings that can be found on game boxes and elsewhere. These ratings give us an idea of what might be found in a game, including the sexual content.  But the content descriptors…well, there are a lot of them. For instance, what’s the difference between Sexual Themes, Suggestive Themes, and Mature Humor? There’s no way to know just by looking at the box. Not to worry—here’s an explanation that should help. Read More

Kids and Teens Love Playing with Identity in RPGs

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Teenagers, identity: these are two terms that often come into contact with each other. Once kids hit adolescence, they spend a lot of time trying to figure out who they are. If they’re anything like me, they go through a lot of strange fashion phases and begin to make declarations about Who They Are—even if those statements don’t really reflect what their parents have observed. Many of these changes are internal, of course, but when they manifest, they can be both confusing and lasting. Read More

Does Your Daughter Want to Make Games? Women in Game Development Have Some Advice

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In the past couple of months, the video game industry has been a hostile environment for women. Those who criticize the medium for its flaws and injustices, such as feminist vlogger Anita Sarkeesian, have been intensely harassed and threatened simply for having an opinion. Women working in the industry have not been exempt from the deluge of abuse either. Indie developer Zoe Quinn, for instance, has been on the receiving end of vicious online attacks after her ex-boyfriend posted a verbose blog entry in which he accused Quinn of garnering press for her game Depression Quest by having a relationship with a journalist. Read More

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They’re Learning What?! Sex (Ed) In Gaming

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This article is Part 5 in our Sex in Video Games series. Sex education can be a contentious topic among parents. With different laws in each state and different programs in each school, it can be tough to know what kind of education your children are receiving—both whether they are getting enough sex ed and whether the sex ed is high quality. If you’re in doubt, these policy maps will…well, they’ll probably scare you, regardless of your personal views. Read More