strives to serve as a resource for video game buyers of all
ages, providing simple and easy-to-understand information written from a family perspective, with
an emphasis on games that are easy to play and fun for families to play TOGETHER.
About our Seal of Approval
We created the FamilyFriendlyVideoGames.com
Seal of Approval to provide a
quick way to illustrate if a game is indeed Family Friendly. Our editorial
director checks out each game and asks a number of questions before
deciding whether or not a game can be considered family friendly, such as:
• Is the video game fun for parents to play with their kids?
• Will kids of various ages and skill levels be able to play it?
• Can kids navigate the menus and get to the gameplay without any assistance?
• Does the video game have any educational value?
• Is there any questionable language, or any sexual or violent situations?
• Family Friendliness Factor – A brief explanation of whether or not a game is family friendly.
• A Letter and Percentage score** (similar to a school grading system**)
• An easy-to-understand graphic representation of whether or not a game is appropriate
for each age group.
• A simple chart listing game highlights and concern areas.
• An explanation of a typical gameplay experience.
** The percentage score is our attempt to quantify just how FUN a game is for families to play TOGETHER. We take into consideration that families often will have siblings of different ages, and reward games that can be enjoyed by multiple age groups. Other factors that help contribute to a high percentage include strong educational values and easy-to-use controls. Factors that could lead to a game receiving a lower percentage score include questionable or inappropriate content and technical issues which detract from the game's enjoyment.
Progress Reports provide basic information on video games which we haven't yet had a chance
to grade using our FamilyFriendlyVideoGames.com
As with many popular movies and TV shows, video games are sometimes made available for certain press outlets to
play even though they're not yet available in stores. From time to time, when we do have a chance to play
games before they are released, we will post our experiences to the game's Progress Report page.
we know that as kids grow older, their tastes and abilities change as well. So as we generate Report Cards
for the video games we play and recommend, we break down whether or not
the game is friendly for these different age groups:
While our mission at FamilyFriendlyVideoGames.com
is to help families identify games that they can play together,
we also support and endorse many other organizations with similar
or complementary missions. We’re proud to be affiliated with partners
that help champion issues that relate to families, kids, videogames and more: Our Partners