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Cordova, TN; July 2, in the year of our Lord 2014--Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is addressing a problem in the video game industry at this time. Poor representation of local game play in the final released products. Too many video game publishers are limiting the local video game content, and replacing it with online only video game content. Which presents a myriad of issues that families have to address. Online predators, foul mouths, hate speech, expensive fines from Internet Service Providers, slow Internet, micro-transactions, and more.

Families tell us all the time that they like to play games together. They like to play in the same room. If someone gets out of hand they can be dealt with swiftly. Online there is that anonymous factor and too many people online are abusive. Rules are not enforced in a fair manner. Christians are discriminated against by too many moderators online. The online experience has been soured by too many for too long. I talk to fellow families all the time. Many of them have closed the door to online, and will never open it again. So when companies move modes from regular to online only - they are taking away from these families. Ultimately many families refuse to purchase products if they are too online heavy.

The economy is slipping and sliding down yet again. The government can not spin the numbers to make it look better. The government can not cook the books to show the opposite. Instead we all have to face the reality of we have less money to do more with. That means most families can not afford the highest Internet packages, and equipment needed to play online. Families can not pay the high fees of going over their Internet monthly usage limits. I stopped counting how many people will not play online games because of this issue. I have talked to many angry people who already paid for a game, and do not want to have to pay more to play it online. Video game publishers can not expect families to keep shelling out money to play games online.

I strongly encourage all video game developers and publishers to be considerate of families. To provide all modes offline as they provide online. To think of regular normal play first, and online game play second. Families and regular gamers will be appreciative of the local game play modes. This can help bring families closer, and give them one more thing they can do to spend quality time together.

God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming


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