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About Family Video Game Database

08/04/2020 09:58:08

Author: Andy Robertson

The Family Video Game Database has been created to help parents, carers and guardians gain a deeper understanding of video games. Through unusual lists of games, detailed search and alternative suggestions we connect families with amazing, affordable video games that are valued by adults and children.

Although it's a big list, it's exclusive. We only include games in the database if they offer unique and unusual ways to play, process and participate for particular age groups. We also include games if they are important for parents to know about because of popularity or mature content.

Everything about the database is designed with parents and carers in mind. We assume our readers may not have played many (or any) games. There's no jargon that's not explained. Information is presented consistently and clearly. It's a calm space for parents and carers to learn and discover.

We don't include the Google ads you will see on other sites. Instead, we have a growing team of charity, commercial and grant supporters that contribute to our running costs. To cover remaining costs we work with game publishers to promote particular games we like. This has no impact on our editorial content and is clearly stated on the game image.

Image 304VSC Rating Board: Our mission is to make sure that parents have all the information they need to make informed decisions about the video games their families play. The age ratings and content information we issue are an important part of that, but we also know they are only part of the picture. The accessibility information provided on the Family Video Games Database will allow users to find games based not only on PEGI age suitability but also according to their accessibility requirements. The VSC is proud to support this initiative as the Accessibility Partner, ensuring that video games continue to make a positive contribution to children’s and families’ lives across the UK.”

Image 210AskAboutGames: AskAboutGames is supported by video game publishers and retailers in the UK to ensure their products are enjoyed by suitable audiences. We answer questions parents and players have about video game age ratings, provide advice on how to play games safely and responsibly, and offer families helpful tips to ensure they get the most out of the games they enjoy together. We provide weekly family video game charts and family game guides.

Image 227The Playability Initiative: Seeks to collaborate with the accessible gaming community to connect players to video games designed and adapted with their unique abilities in mind while challenging more designers to think inclusively. The Playability Initiative is made possible through the financial support of AveXis. It collaborates with the Spinal Muscular Atrophy and broader disabled community to create a new video game. It also partners with The AbleGamers Charity to help assess the player’s abilities with a diagnostic game mode that suggests adaptive technology resources to serve the player’s needs and games that may be suitable for the player as they venture beyond.

Image 302Gamewell: Our Mission is to demystify gaming through education, collaboration and imagination. We are an Integrative, evidence-based platform that is committed to building a positive, informed environment that supports healthy gaming. Our aim is to promote the concept of ‘healthy gaming’. We want to ensure that families, gamers and professionals are educated about gaming and able to communicate not from a position of hostility, but from one of empathy. We do this through the lens of an organisation that has the infrastructure and team to provide clinical treatment when it’s required, but passionately believes that through collaborative efforts within the family and society, imaginative services can be created to enjoy Gaming in a healthy and balanced way.

Image of the cover of the hardback edition of the Taming Gaming book  by Andy Robertson Image 311 Thank you for using our resource, supported by AskAboutGames, ParentZone and PlayAbility Initiative. We are editorially independent, written by parents for parents, but welcome sponsorship, partnership and suggestions. Email our editor for details on these opportunities.

The information on this database is designed to support and complement the in-depth discussion and advice about video game "addiction", violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. If you have any concerns or questions in these areas, email our editor who is quick to respond or can arrange for a one-to-one conversation.

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