Okay site for book, TV, game, app, and movie reviews. My only complaint is that they rate things for both artistic AND moral qualities (I think it's mostly artistic, though). For example, a teen drama laden with sex and bad language can have a 5-star rating because the acting was good, but a morally clean video game can have a 1-star rating just because the game's controls were hard to figure out. Also them warning parents that a show has "more girl characters than boy ones" or "old-fashioned gender roles" is completely unnecessary.
I don't care how good or bad the acting is, I don't care about how well the game controls work; what I DO care about are the messages a TV show, video game, movie, book, or app is trying to tell me. And I think CSM is having trouble grasping that.
Media watchdog that seems to love to dictate what people's kids do instead of encouraging parents to actually choose what they think is appropriate for their children. Also, their rating system seems to just restate exactly what the ESRB and MPAA say about it while saying that both of them are biased or paid off by the video game/film industry to give lower ratings to their content. Don't believe everything you read on this site, as they seem to have a bias of their own against any form of digital media, but that may just be my own suspicions and dislike for media watchdog organizations that seem to be overly sensitive. Also adds on completely inaccurate information about a game, TV show or movie so they can try to justify a higher rating.
Permet de savoir si tel film, jeux vidéo, série ou musique est adapté à cet age. Seul bémol : le site s'appuie sur des enfants américains et anglophones qui sont plus strictes que nous, donc un 15 ou un 16 équivaut à un 12 pour nous.
While some comments and reviews are exaggerated, overprotective, and sometimes biased, this rating system is still much more consistent and appropriate than the MPAA. In my opinion, a compromise between the two would be more suitable.
For those who say that this site is advocating One Size fits all, you are grossly mistaken. The idea is to tell parents what kind of content is in media so they can make the best decision for their kids. Good site.
The site means well but it promotes a feeling that children should be controlled up until they're 18. Yes, being an informed parent is a good thing but the site decides how you SHOULD go about raising them as well. As with all children, they should be treated differently and a one size fits all solution never fits all solutions.
If a parent was honestly concerned about the upbringing up their child, an actual conversation would work much better rather than looking up a Idiot's Guide for Parenthood.
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This is completely inaccurate, in that if you really make your child follow their guidelines, your child will only be able to play Halo when he is a full-grown adult. Is this really beneficial to their well-being? If they haven't even played a game with as miniscule an amount of violence as Halo by the time they are an adult, they are NOT ready for the real world at all... ;(
A terribly biased, inaccurate site that attempts to make parents feel good for not being parents. If you're a parent, and follow this, consider the following: Your job is to be a parent, make the personal decision on if you want your kid to play a game, that's your decision, not some stupid laughable website.
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