My son hasn't had his gaming console updated in a few years and I agree that it is finally time. I want to know which is more kid friendly, which has a better variety of games and which is more affordable, including games?
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Thanks. As someone who is really stabbing at the dark I can appreciate a confident answer. I guess I’m in the dark when it comes to these systems’ capabilities. The PayPal factor is definitely convenient. Also, I love the idea of the
First off, the PS3 isn't backwards compatible while the Xbox 360 is, so your assumption that it has the largest scope of games is false. And although the PS2 has continued to be made its games where stopped long ago, just like the Xbox.
Ha...you're hilarious. Thanks for the laugh and the input. I'm pretty laid back mom, I bend the rules for video games because I know they come like that. He already plays games that shoot to kill and swear, so I guess I just gotta pick
I'm glad to see you're one of the Moms that have come to accept that no matter how hard they try their child will be subjected to that kind of stuff if you allow them to play games. It's going to happen. Just let him choose :)
I'm sure he hears worse at home I'm not exactly a poster soccer mom. I just want my kids respectful and have healthy self-esteems. Other than that; games are games. When I was a kid, I didn't go out and freeze people just because Subzero did.
Fully agree with Braided Zero, and would like to add that there still is a good number of RPGs on Xbox if your kid is interested. And he's totally right about the Wii (though I did like the other Nintendo consoles myself).
Yeah, I'm a huge Nintendo fan, grew up on one myself and the kids have 3DS, but the Wii is not really our cup of tea. He likes shooting games and inner city robbing types. RPG's are definitely his thing right now.
if you don't mind violence and the like, I'd definitely recommend the Elder Scrolls games and the Fallout games. Only the latest two of each are available for gen consoles, and all are M rated, but if he's mature enough they are amazing games.
Oh yes, I would advise the Elder Scrolls series as well. He won't be able to start from the very beginning but I'm sure you could buy Morrowind and Oblivion for pretty cheap. He might not like them because they're older but he will enjoy Skyrim.
Braided Zero, AM Hanson,
He gets the subscription to Gameinformer and I actually end up usually reading most of it. I was impressed with some of those titles (but have been away from gaming since about the Sega) He is unsure of them but maybe I shou
Thanks, well you are the first person to have a very game-specific preference. I hadn’t even put thought into service issues. Point also well taken about the blu-ray player and movie rentals. One of my fears or frustrations about gaming devi
Thanks. I do like all of the features the PS3 has to offer. You are the second person to suggest what he wants and his friends have is important, which kind of sticks but I guess is true. I would’ve loved to surprise him with a new system but
Well, you could always ask his best friends mother or father. And remember, there are games that are good for kids on both consoles. It doesn't have to be all violence. Heck, my wife and I play board games on there. Its 2013!
No additional monthly fees is definitely appealing, I also like that is also serves as a blu-ray DVD player. Yet, my son has an Xbox and he may be partial to the Xbox and I believe his Xbox games will play in the Xbox 360. You are right th
Yes, thank you that does help. You gave a lot to think about and I actually took notes!
Thank you for the input Winterfate. I want to get a console that is going to be relevant long enough. I also would like to buy games that are going to stand up to relatively long lives before my son grows tired of them. A gaming console isn’t a one-t
@Cantuhearmescream The next generation of consoles is coming out end of this year(PS4 and Xbox720), but most people won't make the switch to the new systems for a while, so you should be fine. Whatever you end up buying, buy the system new!
Thanks. I appreciate the kid-friendly answer. When I go into GameStop, I get amazed with how addicted some people are with these systems and new-releases. I think I’ve seen an adult knock a kid over; kids waiting patiently in line whil
Thanks. He really isn't into interactive multi-player gaming yet. I just need a good gaming device; an upgrade from his Xbox and PS2. Since you have the Xbox, can you think of any downfalls?
not really, it's a good console and a lot of fun. You may want to watch out for the online content, especially Xbox Live Indy Games,which pretty much has no rules and a few games which would probably be inappropriate for a preteen
Thanks for the heads up. I'm not too picky of a mom over what he plays (there's graphic violence in quite a few of the games he plays now, but I know it's "gaming"). He's not accessing online content now anyway, so I'm not too worried about that.
If you choose the 360, don't have him join Xbox Live right away. Since he isn't that big on multiplayer, it won't have any negative effects and will keep him from questionable indy titles, and if he wants, he can register later and get a month free.
Awesome, I was originally leaning toward the XBox but then there was all of this hype about the PS3 so I really started to wonder. I'm only buying one console and I'd like him to get at least a couple of years out of it.
My roommates and I have the PS3 vs Xbox 360 debate often, but we agree that neither company will abandon this gen's consoles anytime soon. Too many people own them for either company to risk alienation by forcing their users to upgrade or not play.
That's a comforting thought. I was getting kind of sick of buying my kid's these hundred(s) dollar electronics only to find out that there is already "the next best thing" out. I refuse to try to keep up with the newest or the best, but if I'm droppi
Awesome, thanks for the input.
Thank you for your input. Can I assume that you aren’t overly impressed with the PS3 or Xbox360 and so the suggestion of the Wii? Or are you just particularly fond of the Wii? Honestly, I am not even sure what softmodded means?
Not i'm not overy fond of any of them, I own all three systems. Actually I think I own just about every home console and a few hand helds. But for a early teenager, "a normal teen". Wii = kid friendly/family friendly ps3/xbox=mostly mature games
A child with a softmodded wii? There are plenty of kids games on ps3. Lego games are the best! rayman origins (awesome and $10), Fifa, NFL, nba jam etc etc.
I posted a hubpage about softmodding a wii check it out when you get time. lego games/rayman or Nintendo with Zelda, mario, metriod, Donkey kong a lot of in house games that the family would enjoy. Check out some of my hubs. My nephews and I enjoy it
Thanks, I will check out your hub.
Thanks, I guess you're right. That being said, is it safe to assume that if someone owns a console and has no complaints that it's probably a pretty good console? But, what is it being compared to if someone owns just one a
Thanks, that has actually been weighing my decision. I’d like to think that all the money that can get dropped on electronics, it would be ideal to have multipurpose systems.
Thank you. Can I ask what your opinion is about why so many kids are partial to the Xbox? Because yes, my son will proabably want what his friends have. Whereas I would rather buy whatever the better system is regardless of which one that is
The XBOX 360's success is based on first person shooter titles i.e Call of duty, Halo etc... it also has a large number of children friendly titles and I believe this is the main reason children prefer it as opposed to the orginal reason....price.
Ah, I see. Thanks
On another note the XBOX 360 is the only gaming console that has and continuously does lose money each quarter. Just a fact.
The PS3 doesn't have better internet capabilities! It's widely known that Xbox's wireless data card far exceeds the PS3. Unless you plug both systems in you're better off with an Xbox!
@ braided Zero, and how much do you pay for xbox live, to simply even use the internet?
I pay $50 a year.
That's discouraging that the PS4 is going to knock the PS3 down like that. That is the epitome of what I am against. You can't possibly try to keep up with the newest and best because there is always something newer and better.
Very good input. I had friends that had the XBox 360 so that's what I got. Later on I got a PS3. Very similar, but the blu ray feature was cool.
Thank you. Yes, this helps. I have had a lot to think about and I feel much more informed now than I did before I asked this question. Would you say that it is common for 12 year olds to use the interactive multi-player gaming?
That is definitely not unusual. At the age of 8 i was playing first person shooters like call of duty (Which is a series with strong language and violence, it is a war game) That is how i relaxed and blew off steam after school.
He has actually played some of those Call of Duty series; but does his age play the kind that you connect to the internet and wear headphones and mics and interact with other players?
In this day and age, yes, I think it would be more than ok for him to do that. However, if you didn't want him swearing I would monitor who he plays with and see what he is saying from time to time.
No, I guess I don't care if he interacts with other players if that's what other kids are doing. I barely understand that stuff. I grew up on the Nintendo and Sega. What do you need to have the ability to go online? Do I have to buy other stuff?
You will need the internet cords to connect it to your router, an xbox live membership and a headset. This would in total run you about an extra 100 bucks
Thank you. I don't mind paying for the extras. It's dropping all kinds of money, getting home to realize you still need to buy all kinds of things to have all the capabilities that frustrates me. Knowing in advance keeps the stress down.
Most Xbox systems come with a headset and a 3 month membership to Xbox live. Also, ethernet cables aren't that expensive.
Anas Ab Aziz,
You seem very sure of yourself. Can I assume that you have a PS3 and are quite satisfied with it?