Buying a Game Console

I will be the first to admit that I love my video games.

And I am not completely sold out to one platform or another. I just play what I like on whatever platform that it is offered on.gaming-consoles

I find that, most parents, have a very difficult time determining which gaming system they are going to buy for their child. They want to give the best to their child naturally, but with so many choices, how do you really know what to choose, unless of course you play yourself.

And if the parents didn’t have a hard enough choice making a decision on which one to go with, you throw into the mix what little Johnny wants to play so that he will be cool with his friends and they won’t think that he is stuck back in the Atari age, for crying out loud!

As a gamer, I can understand why it would be important for my child to have a great gaming system and not something from the stone ages. You want your child to feel that he or she is accepted in that circle among their peers.

Let’s not underestimate the importance of homework and chores, but let’s not sweep the importance of the freedom and release that video games can bring to our children either.

boys-playing-video-gamesThere are over 9 gaming platforms to choose from and most parents choose to invest in only one of those for their home. Although, I have personally gone through 8 or 9 of them, I ONLY have 2 at the moment, not counting my computer.

You can find various websites that will help to rank the game consoles on a various number of criteria. Anything from price to violence of the games, to parental controls available. There are different consoles for different age groups as well. There are many different specs and technical aspects that you can look at to help make your purchase decision.

Doing your due diligence on which console to purchase for your home will help alleviate problems in the future. You don’t want to get a console that is too mature for your 5 year old, just the same as you don’t want to get a console for your teenager that is rated for elementary kids.

If there is WIFI or network capability, that is something that a parent will want to keep in mind as they are purchasing. I know for my home, we have internet options on our PlayStation 3, but our daughter is still to young to have that feature activated. She is still able to enjoy all of the tools that her games allow her to play and we have a peace of mind that she is safe.

Video games can be used as a reward system in your home for chores getting done, good grades, or as a special incentive.

Games can also be used as an interactive tool for educational purposes as well. Your kid will be learning and not even know it!

The best advice I can give when deciding on which console to buy is talk to your child and then do your research to make sure that what they want lines up with your wallet and your priorities.