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The 13th annual MediaWise Video Game Report Card from National Institute on Media and the Family is online. They include a lengthy Parents' Guide to Video Games, a list of "E" and "T" rated games recommended for children, as well as a list of games to avoid for young children like Dead Space, Fallout 3, and Left 4 Dead, with every one of the games on that list already carrying an "M" rating. Their year in review includes some statistical breakdowns, though all of these are drawn from other sources. They seem to be more upbeat this time around, as the line about those for whom "video games once conjured images of violence and cruelty" may have once applied to them: "As video game technology continues to evolve, so does its influence in the lives of American families. Once perceived by some to be a hobby for the young and the isolated, the video game is now an undeniably mainstream medium and often a catalyst for social activity involving people of all ages. And just as video games once conjured images of violence and cruelty in the minds of many, the term 'video game' is now regularly accompanied by the term 'family entertainment.' Video game producers continue to release ultra-violent and mature-content titles, but increasingly, the big industry players are targeting parents and families as an important market for their products and services. Despite the controversial M-rated games (for Mature) still receiving much of the hype and the headlines, the vast majority of game titles have family-friendly ratings."
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