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Video Games That Are Nice Instead of Naughty

In the video game 'LocoRoco,' the blobby characters do not move. You move their landscape. They will drive you loco. But we cannot explain what 'roco' means.
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In the video game 'LocoRoco,' the blobby characters do not move. You move their landscape. They will drive you loco. But we cannot explain what 'roco' means.

Parents may feel they have two choices when they go to buy games for their children: dark, blood-splattered adventures starring burly men or nauseatingly fluffy games with brand-name stars like Barbie. Fortunately, plenty of games fall in between the extremes: puzzlers, nonviolent action titles and quality sports games that aren't too gritty for kids 7 and up and won't make older gamers (of any age) feel like the kid in the pink bunny suit. So whether you're a non-gaming parent trying to cut through the marketing machine, or a gamer looking for some great games that may have flown under the radar, check out this guide, which is organized by platform-type (next-gen, portables and last-gen).

All of the games in this guide are rated E for Everyone by the ESRB, except when noted. A few have an E10+ rating: appropriate for "Everyone 10 and older." There's more information on the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

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Jonathan Wellemeyer