Sony is teaming up with Family Video Game Database as its first corporate sponsor to allow the website to expand its resources
Sony has joined a growing online database website that aims to create a list of games families can play and sorts them by categories to help with understanding which are best for certain younger audiences, according to a post on the official Sony Interactive Entertainment blog site.
Sony is the first corporate sponsor of the database.
The database includes “information about official age ratings, costs, duration, number of players, and accessibility features,” Andy Robertson wrote in the blog post.
Robertson is the author of the book Taming Gaming and the founder of the Family Video Game Database.
For parents and guardians, video games can be intimidating to understand, especially if those parents or guardians are non-gamers.
Knowing which games are appropriate for younger children or audiences with specific needs can be an extreme challenge. The database offers knowledge of specific accessibility features, what parental controls are present, and even things such as which games offer educational elements, all of which can be difficult to decipher alone.
That’s why Robertson says the database aims to be “jargon-free and [uses] language people who don’t play games can follow.”
According to Robertson, the site has seen rapid success and now has more than 1,500 games in its database. He also reports that the site serves about 15,000 visitors each day.
“Earlier this year, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) got in touch about supporting the work we were doing,” Robertson wrote in the post. “After a number of discussions, it became clear that there was a strong overlap in our mission of helping as many people as possible find amazing games that contributed to their lives.”
Robertson says the partnership with Sony will allow the site to continue to grow and become an even stronger resource for game developers and publishers, parents and families.
“We are developing an integrated search that highlights our lists of games, features and blogs, as well as the games themselves,” he said. “[The partnership] allows us to develop tools in order to help developers contribute data to the database themselves. This is particularly well-received by smaller studios and indie devs, who can fill out a questionnaire to create their own accessibility page on the database. This not only helps people find their game, but highlights features and settings they can add that will enhance the play experience for more people.”
Even if you’re not a parent or guardian of young children, it’s easy to see that this will be a helpful tool for many consumers and professionals in the industry for years to come.