The FGA’s are awarded for games that not only adhere to the PEGI/BBFC ratings in terms of appropriate content, but will also be enjoyed by each age group as well. They focus on connecting families with the games they will get the most out of.
2010 has seen close to 500 families leave comments and vote for their favourite game of the year. Votes closed on 31st January and are as follows:*
- Top game for Infants (3-6yrs) Wii-Party (16% votes)
- Top game for Juniors (7-11yrs) Kinect Sports 360 (10% votes)
- Top game for Students (12-17yrs) New Mario Brothers Wii (15% votes)
- Top game for Workers (18 and over) Halo Reach 360 (4% votes)
- Top game for Parents Red Dead Redemption PS3/360 (12% votes)
- Top game for Grandparents Pictionary DS (4% votes)
The 2010 Family Game of the Year is Wii-Party with 16% of the votes.
*Only winning games in each category listed
Notes for Editors: About the Family Gamer Awards
The Family Gamer Awards FGA suggests ideal games for different family age-groups: Infants, Juniors, Students, Workers, Parents and Seniors.
These awards complement PEGI's age-appropriate ratings by suggesting games each age group will enjoy. Rather than warning families about which games are inappropriate, we suggest which games each age group will get the most out of.
The games awarded for infants for example, not only contain appropriate content for 3 year olds but are also easy enough for them to play and enjoy.
Four times a year we pick the best games in each of our family age groups:
* Spring: March 28th
* Summer: July 28th
* Autumn: October 31st
* Winter: November 31 st
Our readers then vote on these games to select the best games of the year in each category:
* Family Game of the Year: January 31 st
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