NIMF tells you what games to avoid

What games should you avoid for your children? Well, why not let the National Institute on Media and the Family tell you?

Buying games for your children can be a difficult decision. While every child is different, and parents know them best, the myriad of games on the market make it hard for Mum and Dad to know exactly what’s appropriate for your little ones.

So to help sort out the clutter, the National Institute on Media and the Family have released their list of games to avoid in 2008, and what games are great for kids.

The games that the NIMF suggests to avoid are:

Fallout 3
Dead Space
Blitz The League II
Far Cry 2
Gears of War 2
Left 4 Dead
Resistance 2
Saints Row 2
Silent Hill: Homecoming

All of these games have some tie-in with a level of gore or violence, and are rated M in America (most of which have an MA-15+ rating in Australia).

Meanwhile, the games that are reccomended for your little ones are:

All-Star Cheer Squad
Animal Crossing: City Folk
Hasbro Family Game Night
High School Musical 3: Senior Year DANCE!
Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy
NCAA Basketball 09
Samba de Amigo

If you have teenagers, then the NIMF suggests Guitar Hero: World Tour, Rock Band 2, Rock Revolution, Shaun White Snowboarding and Spider-Man: Web of Shadows.

Pity the NIMF didn’t do more research though; Silent Hill: Homecoming was referenced as a first-person shooter, and what happened to games on Steam and Xbox LIVE Arcade, like Geometry Wars 2?

Source: National Institute on Media and the Family