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Cordova, TN; May 4, in the year of our Lord 2020 -- Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is discussing an interesting topic. What is Family Friendly? Have you ever taken time to think about that? Have you ever taken time to define it? This article came from two different things I have seen. The first one is other gaming media outlets calling certain games family friendly when they are obviously not. Take the Ratchet & Clank video games for example. We have bad attitude, lying, selfish, foul mouthed, violent characters being called family friendly. Is that really safe for families? Do you really want your eight year old playing that game? Of course not. So it can’t be family friendly. Yet there are some people trying to redefine what is family friendly to reach families. Too bad they discredit themselves in the process and create havok.

The second thing I have seen is comments on our dance and exercise videos. Just Dance 2018 had a song in it called: “Make it Jingle.” A person dressed in a reindeer costume dances around and shakes their behind quite a bit. There have been numerous comments that certain dance moves in that video are not family friendly. I think someone called them twerking or something like that. We have a warning on that video. We are in the habit of recording all of the dances in each mainline dance video game we can record. Should we change that policy? The Make it Jingle has over one million views, and over one hundred comments. Is the warning enough for a song like that? I did not even know what twerking is, or that some people found it offensive. For me that was a learning experience. The point is we may not have been as family friendly as expected in this one instance.

It dawned on me while analyzing these two issues that different people put the line on what is family friendly in different places. Some families read and watched the Harry Potter books and movies. Other families will not touch them. Some families read trashy romance novels, and others won’t touch them. Some families allow for a lot of skin to show, and others embrace modesty. I do not know if there is one line that everyone can agree on for what is family friendly. We constantly look at it, and listen. The snide comments from haters do not impact us. When someone is genuinely offended by something then we pay attention and see what we can do it make it better in the future.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day.

God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming

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