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Posted by Lewigi , in Work/School Sep 20 2012 · 188 views

I'm not a big videogame person. Part of the reason is because my family owns an XBOX 360, and the only games we ever buy are sports and LEGO. Outside of that, the only games we see in the store are either garbage or are inappropriate. A few months ago, I got Arkham Asylum, and outside of the swearing (which I could mute anyway), I could still have fun while keeping the swearing out (which was no worse than watching any kind of prime-time TV).

Then I decided to go ahead and get Arkham City. It's not that the vocabulary of the game grew worse, but rather the sheer number of times they appeared. I couldn't beat up any random thug without one of his gang swearing. (It got worse any time they discussed a woman in the game, since they couldn't seem to ever use a polite term for them) Not that the game wasn't fun, but it's both aggravating and disappointing that I can't even play a Batman game without having my Mom and Dad glare at me any time a curse is thrown out. And I spent $80 between the two games, so I'm not getting rid of them, but I don't want to spend that much on a swear machine again.

So lately I've been looking more into what's worthwhile in the games that are for all ages. What I found was not much. Since Microsoft, like Sony are primarily focused on gaming fanatics who can afford to buy multiple $50 games all the time, they include things that place any of the good ones in something I can't let my brother/sisters play or watch me play. (And it would take something else as awesome as Batman to get me to play any.)

That's not to say there aren't plenty of good family games out there. They're just all made by Nintendo, for Nintendo. I would love it if we could play something like New Super Mario Bros. or something, but they're only for Wii. I've considered getting one, but that's another $160, plus the amount for games/controllers. Wii U is out of the question. I could just get the console/controllers, and use the games from the Public Library, but still, that's more than $200, and I've only got eleven months to save up as much as possible towards college, (though I don't count any possible scholarships or the money I'd earn working while at college). It's not absolutely necessary to save all I possibly can, but I would like to not have to face money troubles in college. (or any other time)

Christmas isn't much of an option. A family of six kids makes Christmas expensive right off the bat, and money's starting to be something of a problem. Granted, it would take me less than a week to get $200, but I need far more than that for just tuition, not to mention room/board, and maybe gas, unless I use a bike instead of a car. Plus, Wiis are going to become irrelevant so long as the Wii U is successful, and they'll stop making games for it altogether soon.

So, to all of you people who are video game people, considering all of this information, what would you suggest?

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Those thug's mouths are just hilariously bad. XD

Can you play in private or with headphones?
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Booker DeWitt
Sep 20 2012 02:41 PM
Is it just your parents who have a problem with swearing? Because it's just vibrations. People only get offended by it because they think they're meant to be offended by it. But it's not like murdering babys or beating people up - it's vibrations. It's stupid to be offended by it.

So, I'd say explain to your parents that swearing isn't really offensive, and that you're now an adult who can make his own decisions on what is/isn't offensive.

Anyhow, to rattle off some games that are good but have no swears:
Bastion
Super Meat Boy
Joe Danger
Mass Effect (though it does have optional SEX in it, and we all know nothing is more offensive than that)
Portal 2
Orange Box
Plants vs Zombies
Trials
Rayman Origins
Assassin's Creed series

I'll be honest, the problem lies with those who are offended by vibrations, and those who like to convince their children that people don't swear. Heck, in Batman it's only the bad guys who swear, which surely doesn't glorify it at all? It presents it as a bad thing, if anything. And you can play it and then tell your siblings that SWEARING = BAD if you want to uphold that concept with them.

I can't stand it when people avoid quality games/movies/music just because there's the occasional bit of swearing. It means people miss out on some of the best games/movies/music there are.

People just need to be less uptight. There's nothing offensive about vibrations in the air.

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Tilius, Portal 2 does contain mild swearing. ;\
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Mild, really mild.

I would say that using headphones is honestly the best solution.
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Takuma Nuva
Sep 20 2012 09:05 PM
Portal 2 has, I think, two or three instances where there's a swear. They're mild, but they're there.

Orange Box is hardly swear-free. Sure, Gordon Freeman obviously doesn't curse, but other characters can have a mouth on them. It's nothing strong, but it goes above "mild" IMHO. Portal 1 doesn't have any actual swears. There is one mention of sending a defective turret to "android ######" for being faulty. Take that as you will. Team Fortress 2.... there's no point getting into. You're not gonna play it on a 360. :P

Super Meat Boy doesn't have any swearing, but there's at least one instance (in the skippable intro) where a character makes an obscene gesture. Other than that, yeah, I'm pretty sure it is clean.

Mass Effect is something I'd recommend you steer away from because, while mass media may have blown some things out of proportion, there is definitely filth there.

Rayman Origins is a lot of fun and there's no swearing, but the way the fairies were re-done... it's something I'm sure would make you think twice. (Seriously, what was wrong with classic Betila? Rayman is becoming the new Star Wars. Has been since the stupid Rabbids. :annoyed2:)

Honestly, being mainly a PC gamer with an inclination towards indie titles, I can't even say for sure what games are all on 360. Makes personal recommendations hard. There are few games outside of the LEGO titles that are completely free of garbage. Cthulhu Saves the World is a good JRPG though and I enjoyed Transformers: War for Cybertron (I hear the sequel is fantastic, but haven't played it yet).

Takuma Nuva

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Personally, I don't care for swearing either, but I'll ignore them if they're used sparingly. The problem is the fact that if any of my siblings see me playing a game, they inevitably will want to play it themselves. So the headphones don't make a difference.

And even though my family is a little lighter than some as far as violence goes, I'm not very big on war games or assassin games or anything like that. I'm just not very good at them. I'll play Halo or Modern Warfare with some of my friends in the multiplayer mode, but the only way I'm ever able to get anyone is by finding their favorite room to snipe from and shoot them as they come in the room. Then I run like crazy. :P I might look into the Portal games.

Personally, I think it may be better to try going for a Wii. They pitched it to be more of a 'family' console anyway, so that's probably the best option, especially if I can convince Megan51 to pitch in a little.
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Booker DeWitt
Sep 21 2012 12:36 PM
Only trouble with the Wii/Wii U is that there are barely any decent games. You can't go wrong with Mario Galaxy, Mario Kart, Smash Bros etc, but they're only a handful.

Also the Wii U plays Wii games, so I'd at least wait and get that instead of an obsolete console.

- Tilius
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Only trouble with the Wii/Wii U is that there are barely any decent games. You can't go wrong with Mario Galaxy, Mario Kart, Smash Bros etc, but they're only a handful.

Also the Wii U plays Wii games, so I'd at least wait and get that instead of an obsolete console.

- Tilius


I don't know. Maybe I'll wait until after Christmas and see if the Wii U price goes down a little.
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