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Friday, September 8, 2017

Buying A Gaming System That's Right For The Whole Family


Moms are always wary when they know their kids want a gaming system. You hear all the same whines - “my friends have one,” “I’m the only one that doesn’t play that game,” “Billy’s younger than me and he has one in his bedroom.” You can’t switch off the pestering like you can switch off the console! Of course, we moms might be overly cautious here. Gaming can be a good way to spend quality time together. And many games are educational. Ultimately, you’re the boss, so you can decide where it goes and how often it is played.

Console Brand

First, you need to decide which platform to use. This might depend on your choice of smartphone! Sony phones like the Xperia Z3 were launched to work with your PlayStation games. This won’t be the last time this happens, so think about what other things you would like to do with it. Most of the consoles play regular movie DVDs and Blu-Rays. Some of them are also compatible with emerging technologies like VR and home 3D gaming.

Where To Put It

Now you need to consider where it’s going to go. If you’re buying it for all the family to use together, then the living room is probably the best place for it. You already have seating in there, and you probably can hook it up to your TV. However, if you have a playroom or den, it might be better to have it in there. That way it is out of the way when you have people over so you can engage in other activities.

You’ll need a good seat that is comfortable for the player. Kids of different sizes need seats of different sizes. Of course, they might be happy on the floor or on a bean bag chair! What about the grown-ups though? You’ll also need a monitor that you can all see. Check out some gaming monitor reviews before you choose one. This will give you a good idea about the different refresh rates, sizes, and aspect ratios that you can buy.

How To Play It

Controllers are often included in the box with your console. You might choose to buy one for everyone though. This makes sense if you’re playing multiplayer games like the Mario series. There aren’t many controllers that are suitable for very small children. Consider holding it yourself while your child presses the button. Alternatively, pop it on the table surface with a sticky mat to stop it sliding away.

Pick A Game

Finally, you’re ready to choose the games to suit the ages of your children. When you’re looking for any games, start with the rating. Like movies, games must be ‘certificated’ as age appropriate. These vary from region to region, so have a look in store for the kid-friendly games. There are literally hundreds of different titles. You can select educational games that include solving puzzles with literacy or maths. Or you can choose entertainment titles that are lots of fun.

If you’re worried about how long your kids spend gaming, then why not set a time limit of thirty minutes? You could even restrict play to the weekends when everyone is home to play together. The choice is yours. Happy gaming.