Seven games kids should avoid
These nightmare-inducing video games might be popular but they're definitely not for kids.
Younger gamers harbor a voracious appetite for new forms of entertainment. Don't believe us? Hand them anything with buttons and they'll figure it out in record time. On the same accord, their natural curiosity for new game experiences proves equally as hungry. For parents, deciding on the games that their kids will play, and balancing that with the other responsibilities of adulthood proves to be a daunting task. To make life a little easier, we chose a list of currently available and upcoming games that we wouldn't choose for our kids.MadWorld (Wii) (Pictured Above)
Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog is a family-friendly legend but he company's Mature rated blood-soaked slaughter fest isn't intended for families. Offering a unique look incorporating black and white elements to depict your character, buildings, foes and spike-laden vehicles, it's the third color that makes this a game a "must not have game for kids." That color, red, is used in the most brutal way to glamorize a TV game show that gains ratings through impaling foes repeatedly and using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to tear apart enemies like paper. Don't let the Wii-only release of MadWorld fool you.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS)
While most DS games are good for Everyone, this Grand Theft Auto title is enough to raise the concerns of parents despite being a game for the most popular gaming system for kids. Rated M for Mature, players engage in illegal activities like
dealing drugs, carjacking and performing gang gunfights. That's enough to perform some gang warfare of our own.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
War is never pretty and Call of Duty 4 paints a startling picture of the chaos and unpredictability of warfare with vicious dogs, loads of blood, realistic graphics and additional points for shots to an enemy's head. Based on fictional military operations, players will also experience harsh language as well as graphical depictions of torture and execution scenes make this one an adult-only game.
Manhunt 2 (Wii, PS2 , PSP)
Rockstar Games, makes of the Grand Theft Auto series, created what many consider to be one of the most sinisterly graphic depictions of killing in a game yet. Shockingly, the version of the Wii game is the most brutal as it lets players use the Wii Remote to stab, slash or hit other asylum inmates while your character goes on a drug-induced kill fest.
This journey to the fictional village of Kijuju, Africa where a biological agent is turning villagers into vicious and mutated psychotics. Gruesome occurrences that look and play out like some of your worst dreams even cause nightmares with some adults -- just imagine the effect on younger gamers.
Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop (Wii)
Being tapped in the mall at Victoria's Secret is one thing but being locked in a zombie-infested mall is another. Capcom's mall maul tasks players with killing as many zombies as possible in any creative way they can. From impaling them with signs to smashing them with bowling balls, all done through motions of the Wii Remote. While no one likes letting he zombies win, the Wii's inferior graphics do mellow out some of the brutality but still showcase a great deal of blood.
Fallout 3 (Xbox 360 , PS3, PC)
As a Lone Wanderer, players journey through a post-apocalyptic version of Washington, DC, now called the Capitol Wasteland. The nukes wiped out most of the residents; most of them mutated creatures with blood lust. Apart from gaining experience from slaughtering mutants, the game's graphic engine further details those killings in shocking detail, eyes fly through the air and one of the game's makers was quite proud of the flying jawbone of one human-like creature, the result of a perfect headshot. While it's not a brutal as other games on the list, some languages and possible questions about the morality of certain players in the game could raise the eyebrows of some parents.