Thanks to several readers for pointing to the National Institute on Media and the Family's eighth annual videogame report card
, which says it "provides a snapshot of the interactive gaming industry with a focus on issues related to child welfare."
A particular issue focused on is "the growing issue of screen time as it relates to the obesity epidemic"
, of which it's suggested: "there is both an opportunity and challenge for the industry to develop games that involve physical activity so that young players exercise more than their thumbs."
The other hot topic is a continuing one: "the easy access that boys have to increasingly ultra-violent M-rated games and the popularity of the most violent games with that group."
The survey ends with lists, including "games to avoid"
for 2003, mentioning obviously controversial titles like Manhunt
, but also other, quirkier picks such as WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne