The Family Gamer Awards are very different to the ESRB and PEGI ratings. Rather than trying to keep people away from the wrong games, they look to connect people with the games they will enjoy. The awards suggest the best games to suite each of their six age-groups (toddlers, juniors, students, workers, parents and grandparents). This culminates in an end of year chance for readers to vote for the games they think are best suited to each type of gamer. As well as winners in each age group the game with the most events takes home the Family Game of the Year award.
The votes are in and counted now – with slightly more predictable results than last years surprise win by Mirror’s Edge. This year Wii Sports Resort sits at the top of the pile as the most voted for family game, and deservedly so. But as well as this, delve into each age category and you soon find a few unusual popular titles and hidden gems:
Games for Toddlers (2 to 4 yrs)
WINNER: EyePet on PS3
Games for Juniors (5 to 10 yrs)
WINNER: High School Musical 3: Dance! on Wii/PS3/360
Games for Students (11 to 17 yrs)
WINNER: Wii-Sports Resort on Wii
Games for Workers (18 and over)
WINNER: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves on PS3
Games for Parents
WINNER: Assassin’s Creed 2 on PS3/360/PC
Games for Grandparents
WINNER: Flower on PS3
Nominations are now open for the first set of 2010 family games, just email Paul Govan with your suggestions.