10 Most Violent Video Games of 2016 (and What Kids Can Play Instead)
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It's hard to keep our kids from video games these days, but its easy to extend nonviolent age appropriate options. Our friends at Common Sense Media have rounded up the most violent video games of the year, with alternatives your kids can enjoy until they come of age.
Video games give kids the chance explore new worlds as heroes, sports stars, game designers — or anyone, really. And thanks to today's consoles, it's easier than ever to leap into titles that are more realistic than ever. But as developers seek to provide super-immersive experiences with vibrant HD detail, lifelike sound, and virtual reality, the realism can come at a cost: namely, violent and disturbing content.
The video game promotion machine targets kids on TV, social media, and, of course, their favorite gaming sites. Marketers advertise the excitement, the depth of realism, and the cool gameplay — but they often don't tell you just how violent the games are. The truth is, the majority of the hyper-realistic, hyper-popular games are really best left to mature players.
Below, we've listed 10 of the most violent games released in 2016. Many of these are well-designed gameplay experiences that adults can enjoy when kids aren't around. But, instead of saying "no" all the time, we think you'll be more successful if you say "wait" and offer kids alternatives in the same genre, that are a little less violent and more age-appropriate. Note that we offer two alternatives for each game, one for younger players and one for older players.