|This is the kind of game you'd expect to have a "G" label|
Since I'm a father nowadays, I'm definitely more cognisant of games that I play in front of my child (which is usually pretty rare - more often than not playing time is restricted to when she's asleep) but ultimately I'm thinking that long-term, I'll eventually be purchasing games for her and I'll want to do the responsible parent thing and ensure they're suitable for her age. Consequently, the ratings issued by the Australian Classification Board (ACB) are now a guideline of interest instead of just something to ignore.
This got me thinking that if I were in a situation where I was restricted to playing games of a particular rating by the ACB, would I be able to still play fun games? What kind of games would I be playing?
Well it's that curiosity that resulted in the creation of this article which will probably be the first of a few. This post is about the top 10 games on Choicest Games with a G-rating. In Australia, media rated "G" are for "General Exhibition" which pretty much means anyone can get their hands on it. Games that fit in this category would be suitable for younger kids who haven't hit their teens yet. The prospect of playing kiddie games exclusively isn't an appealing one but thankfully, games that come under the "G" label are a mixed bag:
- NBA 2K13
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
- DuckTales Remastered
- Fate of the World
- Cities in Motion
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
- Pinball FX2
- Age of Empires II HD
- From Dust
- SimCity (2013)
So if I take into account all the 15 G-rated games that I've reviewed on Choicest Games, what kind of genres made this list? This is what they tended to be:
- Racing games
- Puzzle games
- City builders
- Sports games
- Kids games
- Oldschool Real-Time Strategy
- Casual games
Real-Time Strategy was probably the odd one out since usually modern ones tend to have quite a bit of violence but somehow Age of Empires II made it in there with a G rating - mind you the game is pretty old though so maybe since the violence isn't so graphic, it managed to get through the censors.
City builders and racing games are two genres that I actually like though so thankfully there should always be something under the "G" label that I can enjoy (and hopefully my daughter too).
Also, statistics for statistics sake:
- Total number of games reviewed that are rated "G": 15
- Highest rating for a "G" game: 8/10
- Lowest rating for a "G" game: 5/10
Stay tuned for Top 10 lists for PG, M, MA15+ and R18+ in the near future (actually no R18+ top 10 list since I don't have enough R18+ games reviewed yet to even list 10 :)).