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Can you blame a guy?

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This sums up how I’m feeling right now.

I just got home after purchasing Grand Theft Auto V. I’m beyond excited. I work tonight but I have tomorrow off. So I’ll use what precious little time I have to learn the map and basics, and then I’ll game tomorrow. All. Day. Long.

So what does this mean for the blog? Nothing too new here. If you’ve been following me, you’ll know I’m prone to occasionally not being able to post. Usually once a month. I apologize. This will be my one non-update of the month.

So what does this mean for the rest of the month? I’ll have a review of GTA V up next week. I may not have completed the story (in which case I’ll fully disclose that), but even dozens of hours worth of impressions may be worthy of a review. The week after I’d like to talk about the requirements to being a credible games “journalist” or blogger. What qualities, attributes, or experience must one have to talk about video games, the industry, and the many topics surrounding technology and digital entertainment? I’d like to see what some of the more recognizable games journalists have learned or done to get them where they are today.

That’s it for today! Sorry again for the lack of a real update, but never fear, the rest of September will be full of content. And for those who are also playing GTA V, have fun! I haven’t popped it in the Xbox 360 yet, but I’m sure it will be great.

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A parent’s guide to buying games

You see this? This isn’t normal. The parents of these kids shouldn’t have let this happen.

We’ve all been there: our parents wouldn’t let us watch a movie because we were “too young” for it. We were told things like, “It’ll make you more violent” or, “You have plenty of time to grow up. Watch it when you’re older.”  We’d stomp and get mad, maybe even throw a tantrum. But no matter what, our parents would stick firm to their beliefs and say we couldn’t watch that movie.

Games are very much the same way. Some games are clearly meant for older players, while others can be enjoyed by just about anybody. Logically, parents would act the same way and shield us from mature games while we’re younger, right?

Nope.

It seems like too many parents have no idea what kind of games their little angels are playing. Then we have the exact opposite, where some parents are far too strict, thinking their children can only play the most non-violent and kid-friendly games. The point is, most parents can’t parent properly as soon as video games are involved.

I’m going to fix that. Here are some obvious things to help you figure out whether little Jimmy should be playing Super Mario’s Family-Friendly Playground Fun or Grizzled Space Marine Who Shoots Aliens and Swears A Lot. If you’re a parent, this is REQUIRED READING

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