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Why My Family Loves the XBOX Kinect

Updated on March 13, 2011

Even My Two Year Old Plays the Xbox Kinect

When we decided to buy our family Christmas present this year, I was set on getting a Wii. I wanted our family to have a family game night that we could all enjoy. However, I do have to admit I was nervous about how my two year old would handle the remotes, and how my television set would hold up had he actually thrown one into it. When my husband presented the idea of the Xbox Kinect, I was excited. The system sounded even better than the Wii, and I relaxed about my two year olds participation.

The Benefits of Not Having a Controller Outweighed the Higher Cost of the Kinect

My only hesitation was that I wasn’t really sure my five and two year old were old enough to play interactive games. I knew it would be expensive considering we didn’t own an xbox so we had to buy the whole set up, which became even more spendy once we added all the games we wanted. It did cost more than the Wii, but I loved the idea of not having to chase my two year old around the house with the Wii controller and praying he didn’t throw it in the garbage or even worse the toilet.

The Kinect Was an Immediate Hit in Our House

When the Kinect arrived we opened it immediately (so much for Christmas morning) we havent’ been disappointed yet. The first game we were interested in was the Kinect Sports, it had so many options including our favorite, bowling. That night we had endless hours of fun trying out the Kinect Sports, Kinect Animals and Kinect Adventures. The games were all exciting in different ways, and the best part was the Kinect easily read all of our body movements very accurately, including my two year old.

The bowling game on the Kinect Sports requires you to raise your hand each time you switch players and reach your had to the right or left (depending on which had you would like to bowl with) to grab a ball and then you bowl as though you were really at the alley. It took only a few tries and my two year old had it down. There is no getting around standing up to bowl and using your whole body, which makes me love it even more. I don’t like how you can ‘couch bowl’ with the Wii. My favorite part about having the Kinect is family game night, every time we play we enjoy ourselves so much, I know this will bring us many years of enjoyment. I love it when my two year old runs around the house yelling “I got a strike mommy” when he knocks down all the pins.

The Video Camera on the Kinect is Tons of Fun

At the end of each game you get to watch replays of yourself playing (yes the Kinect actually films you and takes snapshots for you to view when you have finished your game) you can even share the photos and videos on social networks, not that I ever would, considering I usually bowl with my son in the morning, shower-less and in my pajamas!

My only suggestion before you buy the Kinect is that you make sure your living area has enough space for you to play and enjoy yourself. As for my favorite purchase for 2010 it is hands down the Xbox Kinect!

What is your favorite Xbox Kinect Game?

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      Mandeeadair 7 years ago from California

      Thanks for the feedback! Just getting my feet wet in this type of writing. Loving the Kinect so thought I would give it a shot :)!

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      Jamie 7 years ago

      Great review, Mandee. Of course, I wanted to get the Xbox Kinect just after reading your FB status update last week! hehe

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      omg 7 years ago

      I have the kinect but even i can tell a fake blog when i see it, by the way i've played with my 3 to 6 year old nephews on it and its much harder for them than the wii. It cant detect them properly in a 15 ft space

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      LOL 7 years ago

      sure, you're gonna have fun for YEARS if not DECADES!

      because thats exactly what happened to the wii in millions of households right?

      actually it'll be collecting dust, just like the wii

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      LOL 7 years ago

      I wonder how much Microsoft paid you to say that?

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      Carlene 7 years ago

      Amanda you had me sold after the video... great review!

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      jdavis88 7 years ago from Twitter @jdavis88hub

      Have a wiu and a 360. Kinect is probably next. Have 2 kids myself that are just getting old enough to play some wii. Like the hub!

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      Da 7 years ago

      We have Kinect and it really is superb, if you haven't tried the Dance Central game that really is worth considering, no controllers and dance mat is needed and it works amazingly well.

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      Mandeeadair 7 years ago from California

      Thank you!

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      breathe2travel 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      We have the Wii, but considering an Xbox at some point.

      This is a good read. My two & four year olds have a bit of a challenge properly toggling the buttons/switches on the wii remotes, but my older three kids, my hubby & I, and the neighbors have thoroughly enjoyed the wii.

      rated useful & up.

      Warm regards~