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You were just getting used to your kid’s obsession with “Fortnite,” and now, all you hear about is V-Bucks. V-Bucks, like Robux on Roblox, are “Fortnite’s” in-game currency. Players use them to buy the fun “skins” (characters and outfits) and “emotes” (those hilarious dances like “Flossing” and “Take the L”) that kids will say they totally need to make “Fortnite” even cooler. For the record: You don’t need V-Bucks to play “Fortnite,” and if you do spring for them, they cost real money. Also, online scammers are all over V-Bucks.

Parents need to know that “Red Dead Redemption 2” is an open world western adventure for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game has lots of bloody gunfights, some very strong language, and mature narrative themes. Missions typically end in shootouts involving revolvers, rifles, shotguns, and other period weaponry. Slow motion effects highlight head shots and critical wounds, with sprays of blood hovering in the air. Scenes of carnage and torture, including hanged and eviscerated people, can be stumbled upon in your journeys. The player’s character, Arthur, is an antihero. He does terrible things, including murder and theft, but he feels a powerful sense of guilt over them. These deeds are counterbalanced, to a degree, by his clear and innate understanding of right and wrong. This often leads him to help random strangers, including coming to the defense of victims of racism and sexual assault, which helps Arthur become more honorable in the eyes of those he meets. The game strives to accurately depict its setting and era, which means plenty of drinking and drunken behavior, as well as characters that regularly use tobacco and chew cocaine gum. Strong language — including “f -- k,” “s --,” and the “N” word — frequently appears in dialogue. Characters discuss sex frankly, and prostitutes can be found in towns. One mission involves Arthur attempting to extract a prostitute her from her perilous profession. Parents should also know that this game will eventually feature an online component (set to launch at a later date) that will likely permit transactions involving real money paid for virtual goods.

Parents need to know that “Luigi’s Mansion” is a cartoony action game for Nintendo 3DS. This game was originally released in 2001 on the Gamecube, and is the latest adventure for Mario’s lesser known sibling. While it does have a supernatural element, it’s cartoonish in nature and not scary at all. On occasion, a ghost will shoot a fireball at poor Luigi, but he doesn’t cry out in pain if he gets hit. In response, he busts up spirits with a special spirit vacuum. He also doesn’t drink from the bottle of wine someone left on a table, or the two full glasses beside it. Otherwise, there’s no inappropriate content.

Parents need to know that “The Path of Motus” is a downloadable adventure game for Windows PCs. Players take on the role of a goblin attempting to fulfill his dreams against other goblins that attempt to stop him. Combat is an occasional part of gameplay, involving characters matching keyboard prompts to fire missiles at opponents. When defeated, characters dissolve in a splash of water, but no blood or gore is shown. The game also features logic puzzles in addition to platforming arcade elements. Aside from fighting (against bullies), there’s no inappropriate content.

Parents need to know that “Mega Man 11” is a side-scrolling action game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, and is the latest installment in the long running franchise. It stars a humanoid robot who fights enemy robots using a variety of weapons, ranging from an energy-blasting arm cannon to a gun that fires pink bouncy balls. The art style is cartoonish, and there’s nothing more graphic than robots that explode in flashes of light. Parents should be aware that the “Mega Man” games are known for their difficulty, and this one is no different, though there is an “easy” skill level that offers aids such as infinite lives, which should help kids avoid frustration.

Parents need to know that “Super Mario Party” is a party game for one to four players, available on the Nintendo Switch. Players compete with and against each other in a variety of short mini-games in both offline and online play. The mini-games are designed to be simple to pick up and play by people of any age and skill level. The focus is on competition, but in a fun and entertaining way that doesn’t push winning so much as simply enjoying the fun with friends. There’s some minor violence in a handful of the mini-games, though it’s cartoonish and slapstick in nature. The game also features support for Nintendo’s amiibo figures, which can unlock additional content, such as stickers and music.

Parents need to know that “Forza Horizon 4” is a racing game exclusively for the Xbox One and Windows PCs. The gameplay focuses on players driving fast and recklessly on closed street tracks, commuter roads, and dirt paths. It has no nudity, use of drugs or alcohol, or cursing, though communication between players isn’t monitored. While there are car crashes, the drivers are never shown being injured or killed. The game also features numerous car brands, and may spark a life-long love of automobiles. This is the fourth in a bi-annual series, and eleventh in the “Forza” series overall.