A Parent's Guide to Computer Games (Mars Parent's Guides Series)

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If parents are confused about computer games-if they don't know the difference between FPS or 3D RTS or even what those are-then this is the guide for them. Explaining everything that a responsible parent needs to know about computer games, this title touches on all aspects of gaming: the benefits and the limitations of the PC platform for games, the details of the computer and video game industry's rating system, why some First Person Shooters (FPS) are better than others, and what children can learn from a 3-D ...
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Overview

If parents are confused about computer games-if they don't know the difference between FPS or 3D RTS or even what those are-then this is the guide for them. Explaining everything that a responsible parent needs to know about computer games, this title touches on all aspects of gaming: the benefits and the limitations of the PC platform for games, the details of the computer and video game industry's rating system, why some First Person Shooters (FPS) are better than others, and what children can learn from a 3-D Real Time Strategy (3D RTS) game. The guide contains a comprehensive list of existing and upcoming computer title games, arranged by genre, publisher, and industry rating, as well as descriptions and suggestions regarding appropriate age groups.
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Craig Wessel's A Parent's Guide To Computer Games is an ideal, comprehensive, "reader friendly" guide to computer games for Windows and Macintosh platforms. Game types and genres are identified, Internet-based games are examined, and the ESRB Rating System is discussed. A Parent's Guide To Computer Games also covers today's hot game titles, best sellers, and offers recommendations. The informative text is enhanced for parents with a glossary, ESRB ratings, and a list of additional resources for further study. A Parent's Guide To Computer Games is an invaluable, informative reference for any parent or caregiver concerned with the games kids play on their computers. REVIEW%> THE POLITICAL SCIENCE SHELF
Game Zone's Kid Zone
This book has to be the best parent's guide to games to have ever been published. ...The best game guidebook you will ever own! ... the only true and unbiased guide to games I have seen...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967512747
  • Publisher: Mars Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Mars Parent's Guides Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 7.43 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Parent's Guide Series 2
A Parent's Guide to Computer Games 3
Chapter 1 Game Platforms 12
PC Platforms: Windows and Macintosh 13
PC Technical Brief 14
Nintendo 64 and Game Boy 26
Sony PlayStation and PlayStation 2 31
Sega Dreamcast 36
Future Platforms 38
Platform Comparison 41
Chapter 2 Game Types and Genres 43
Game Types 46
Genres 48
Action 48
Fighting 62
Adventure 64
Role Playing 66
Strategy 69
Sports 76
Driving and Piloting 78
Puzzle Games 82
Chapter 3 The Internet and Games 85
Game Modifications 88
Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG's) 90
Chapter 4 The ESRB Rating System 95
Under the Hood of the ESRB 98
ESRB Categories and Descriptors 99
Interview with Dr. Arthur Pober, ESRB Founder 102
Chapter 5 The Games 105
Parent's Guide Choice Award 109
Hot Titles 110
Best Sellers 139
Best of the Rest 156
Appendices 201
Glossary 202
ESRB Ratings 209
Additional Resources 229
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