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Ask Slashdot: Best Console For the Kids This Holiday? 267

First time accepted submitter undulato writes "I've got an aging, fat PS3 with only a couple of games that I still play on it but three kids under 9 who love Skylanders, iPet, Lego whatever etc. We all watch movies on it and it has been pretty much the centre of our entertainment world for a few years now. I've already got a spare HDMI monitor we could use for a screen so my question is — should we go for a new console this Christmas? Just buy another controller or two and a new game or two for PS3 and be done? Or get the still pretty viable Xbox 360, or even plump for a cheap Wii or even a Wii U if we're feeling flush. What do you think?"
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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 22, 2012 @02:17PM (#42067331)

    Just get some PS3 games imo

  • by MonsterOfTheLake ( 880659 ) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @02:21PM (#42067369)
    or a skateboard. or a bicycle. They don't need another video game console. They need to go outside and play.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 22, 2012 @02:31PM (#42067441)

    Just buy another controller or two and a new game or two for PS3 and be done?

    I'm seeing more and more kids who are taught this "need" to have the latest a greatest gadget. Teach to use their things until they're beyond repair or so archaic that the sytem can't be used anymore.

    Also, try promoting a healthy lifestyle. If they want entertainment, encourage them to go out a play - get some physcial exercise. Teach them to go and play a team sport (or try to get on a swim team or soccer/football) and make friends that way. Because I have a sneaky suspicion that your kids are already showing some weight and attention problems. Contrary to the Slashdot though here, video games are no better than TV - neither is the internet for that matter (Yeah yeah yeah, YOu spend ALL your time on the internet reading WikiPedia, researching the latest CS theories, and studying other tech. Riiiiiight.).

    Set an example and read books. Find some physical activity that they enjoy.

    The Harry Potter bookds are great for gettings kids reading - and J.K. Rowling derserves her millions (billions?) just for that.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 22, 2012 @02:33PM (#42067459)

    My kid already donates from her allowance weekly and volunteers her time. Kindly keep your moralizing out of the discussion. It wasn't asked for, I doubt it will be appreciated, and it's completely off topic.

  • by pspahn ( 1175617 ) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @02:44PM (#42067559)

    If someone would only somehow adapt a skateboard for such a situation. Maybe lose the wheels and strap yourself to it?

    This year I am thankful for Tom Sims. Props bro.

  • etch-a-sketch (Score:2, Insightful)

    by ath0mic ( 519762 ) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @02:52PM (#42067619)
    6.25 x 4.5 inch display, infinite battery life, no software updates required... all for about $15.00
  • by I-am-a-Banana ( 940550 ) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @03:06PM (#42067717)
    So I have a 12 and 8 year old. They got a paper route and saved bday money and bought themselves a used WII, for which I paid to get a dance pad and extra controller for them, and got rock band 2 for and XMas present for the Mrs. The WII offers them great non-bloody violent games to play (they love zelda and mario) however they use the WII for Netflix just as much as game time. The WII offers Netflix with out having to pay for "Xbox gold". We also have the XBox 360 and Kinect. With the Xbox they love the Lego starwars and the kinect games. However I have to keep them out of the other games that I have had donated to me like Gears, Halo and Dead Space (luckily I can leave them on the shelves and they know not to touch them). We do limit their screen time, and sometimes we tell them that they have to play an active game (dance dance, kinect adventures, Dance Revolutions, or even fruit ninja). Kids really get into the games and they can work up a sweat. OK I can work up a sweat with them too... The difficult part is when your kids feel left out and not understanding when their 11 years old buddies are all talking about playing the latest Grand Theft Auto and Call of duty game. My kids know why they are not allowed to play them, and they completely understand it, but it does make them a bit of an outsider and harder to fit in. The WII I find is more intuitive, especially with Netflix, and has less chance of having inappropriate games. The Xbox's kinect is a blast, but again I have to pay the XBox gold tax to do certain things...
  • by mysidia ( 191772 ) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @03:06PM (#42067721)

    Use it as an opportunity to teach valuable shopping, reasoning, and persusasion skills.

    Research each console, titles for each console, and options; find pluses and minuses.

    Ask the 3 kids to make "Features/Advantages" and "Disadvantages" lists for each console, each one to pick the console they find most compelling, and tell the story.

    If there's a disagreement have a discussion, and requirement for the kids to persuade each other/ come to unanimous agreement on which console they want.

    Then take your kids' opinions under advisement, in making your final decision....

  • No. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by s0nicfreak ( 615390 ) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @03:27PM (#42067875) Journal
    I have 3 kids under 9 and one over 9. We have both a Wii and a 360. Two Wiis in fact. Both the Wiis are gathering dust, probably not turned on in over a year. The 360 on the other hand gets TONS of use from the kids. While the Wii has lots of shitty games DIRECTED at kids, the 360 has tons of GOOD child friendly games.
  • More ps3. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 22, 2012 @04:09PM (#42068125)

    Why bother debating on it? Just get more ps3 games, you already have the system.

    I see a lot of comments saying nintendo is better for kids games and thats not true, nintendo is better for shovelware games. Sure nintendo has some good kids games but no more than anyone else since the vast majority of games on nintendos systems are complete garbage where some developer craps out a family friendly game that is a complete waste of time.

    Ps3 has a lot of great games for kids and adults. Ratchet and clank hd collection, sly cooper collection, rayman origins, little big planet, little big planet 2, all of the "lego" theme games on it, skylanders, skylanders giants, ratchet and clank a crack in time, modnation racers, sonic generations, playstation move heroes, epic mickey 2, disney universe, wonderbook, and dozens more. Plus the dozens and dozens of smaller games you can buy cheap on the playstation store.

    And if you mean aging as in your ps3 is aged since you bought it yes, but its hardly aging in techology sense. Last of us and beyond two souls are coming out and still advancing what can be done on it.

    If the ps3 is such a big part of your family and you already have a library of games for it then why change it out while its still in its prime?

  • by ShanghaiBill ( 739463 ) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @05:10PM (#42068467)

    Really? Has it come down to tihs where people really don't give a hoot about the less fortunate?

    Cut the crap. Buying a Christmas present for your kids does not mean you don't care about less fortunate. Nothing is going to do more to sour kids on charitable giving than telling them they are getting nothing for Christmas because of the "needy". Most people have enough income to give something to the needy while still providing for their own families.

  • by zennyboy ( 1002544 ) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @07:50PM (#42069541)

    As a parent, I detect you are not a parent

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