Questions of the Month for May
Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month.
Question: What was the first game console?
Answer: As outlined in Wikipedia: “The first generation of video game consoles began in 1972 with the Magnavox Odyssey, until 1977, when “pong”-style console manufacturers left the market en masse due to the video game crash of 1977 and when microprocessor-based consoles were introduced.”
Question: What is the next Skylanders Game?
Answer: This year’s Skylanders Game is SuperChargers. It includes vehicles alongside the normal characters. There are vehicle toys as well as on-screen. It is expect to release in September.
Question: Can I but, download and play the Plants vs Zombies game for PS3 on my PS Vita?
Answer: Yes it is available for the Vita here.
Question: Can any Skylander figure be played on Skylanders giant
Answer: Any Skylander can be used as long as the character existed in Giants. New Skylanders added for Swap Force and Trap Team aren’t useable.
Question: Hello, I wanted to ask a question about the video game called Watch Dogs. How bad is the nudity? I don’t want the age rating, I need in-depth information.
Answer: The game is appropriate for those 18 and over. Although PEGI don’t flag the game for this, ESRB addresses the nudity by stating: “The game includes several depictions of topless female characters. One prolonged scene depicts a topless women standing in a bedroom; another sequence depicts close-ups of topless women sitting down.” More information is provided here.
Question: Are there future plans for Wonderbook? Will you port it to the PS4?
Answer: There are no official plans for this currently.
Question: I’m 11 years old do you think I could play 15 and 16 rated games?
Answer: The age ratings provide parents with guidance on the age appropriate to play a particular game. PEGI 12, 16 and 18 games cannot be purchased by those under that age.
Question: My 12 year old son is trying to convince me that certain higher aged games are lower if only played online with other players. I cant find any evidence to prove this either way, Can you help?
Answer: Age ratings relate to both online and offline content of games. They are designed to provide parents with information to make informed decisions about game purchases.
Games that can be played online are marked with an Online Content badge as part of the PEGI ratings.
Check back next month for more great questions from readers, and our best attempts to answer. If we’ve missed anything in our responses this month, why not fill in the gaps in the comments. Also, you can ask your questions here.