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Initial post: Nov 24, 2012 3:29:32 PM PST
canine crew says:
Which is better for a 6 year old? Xbox or PS3?

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 4:41:21 PM PST
Peter Faden says:
Nintendo

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 6:28:42 PM PST
canine crew says:
Peter,
I know nothing about these games. Can you please advise? My grandson asked for a PS3, and I have no idea whether this is appropriate. I've done a brief look around the web and wouldn't even know what to buy: consoles, games, etc. at this point.
Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 2:31:15 PM PST
D. Soak says:
You can't really go wrong with either choice. However, since he did ask for a PS3 get him a PS3. It all depends on what games he'd like to play and that is where the question of appropriateness comes in to play.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 3:04:24 PM PST
G-Money says:
Each system is fine, please sure to monitor the types of games you buy him. Each game has a rating. As a 6 year old, you should only buy him games with an "E" rating usually.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 3:33:28 PM PST
Brandon says:
I agree with Peter. You should go Nintendo-WiiU. They've pretty much forsaken adult gamers in pursuit of children/family markets. If he asked for a PS3, so what. There aren't enough kid-friendly games to make that purchase worthwhile. Quite honestly, PS3 is probably the least kid friendly system if you factor in the Kinect stuff Xbox has. Now, if your grandson's dad wants to fire up some unchartered 3 while junior sleeps, different story.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 4:18:38 PM PST
canine crew says:
Thank everyone for your advice. I've also spoken with a salesperson at a big box store, and even they agreed that Nintendo is the route to go for a 6 year old. I'm not interested in buying a game for his dad, so Wii it will be. What an excellent resource you have been. Thank you.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 7:56:49 PM PST
antonio says:
will xbox hook up to standard cable coax if we do not have hd box or tv in kids room?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 8:28:55 PM PST
Brandon says:
oh god dont get an xbox unless you have an hdtv first.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 4:16:59 PM PST
Joel H. says:
Ok ok i think i should tell you that your grandson is in for dissapointment. The experience of a 360/ps3 is radically different than of a wii. It may sound superficial, but a 720 or 1080 gaming experience is vastly superior to that of a 480. I mean those are much different numbers canine!

These other posters and your BB rep.. I think too often adults downplay how smart kids are. Sure the wii would be more financially feasible to the gift giver.. but this kid doesn't want a wii. Who would? A child that's been taken away by CPS before. That's who.

PS3 is a pretty specific request.. i think this kid knows that he wants. Lord knows that 360 is 'mercia's system. So if his prefrence was truely irrelevant, he'd have just spouted 360! 360! like the rest of middle america. Something to think about.. while you also wonder how i ended up like this.

Merry Xmas!

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 4:21:16 PM PST
You can't go wrong with either but if he is specifically requesting a PS3 then go with that. You'll have no problem finding age appropriate games for him.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 7:15:08 PM PST
My son is 5 1/2, and he's getting a Nintendo Wii U this year--though, to be fair, we already have a PS3, Wii, 360, and more. If you're actually around your grandson, I'd sit down with him, talk to him about what he wants, and maybe even show him some clips from a few age-appropriate games for each system and talk to him some more about what he finds most interesting. On one hand, kids of this age don't always know what they want. They are a very susceptible audience. On the other hand, if you get them something other than the specific thing they thing they want without talking them through it, they might not buy into it at all. From my experience, Nintendo systems have a lot more to offer kids, but there are now quite a few E-rated games available for all systems.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 10:25:34 AM PST
M. Flemming says:
I couldn't answer regarding PS3 but my two nephews (6 and 3) love Kinect-based games on 360. The 6 year old is also useful for Legendary co-op runs on Halo 4

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 10:47:08 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 3:03:40 PM PST
Home Fried says:
If you can afford to buy an HD TV for the kids, at least find them some old 19-inch TV with the red, yellow, and white jacks. For some reason, Microsoft gives you these kind of old school cables when you first get a 360.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 3:17:58 PM PST
Crabman says:
:)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 3:18:20 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2012 3:19:59 PM PST
"drian says:
I agree with Peter. You should go Nintendo-WiiU. They've pretty much forsaken adult gamers in pursuit of children/family markets."

ZombiU....Assassin's Creed III........Darksiders II............Black Ops 2...............Bayonetta 2.........................

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 3:19:29 PM PST
Crabman says:
Perfect for a young impressionable child!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 3:19:41 PM PST
Brandon says:
Garbage Resonse Furverted. All of those except ZombieU are multiplatform.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 3:21:26 PM PST
"Garbage Resonse Furverted. All of those except ZombieU are multiplatform."

Wrong. Bayonetta 2 is exclusive to Wii U. Multiplatform or not, they obviously refute your argument. =]

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 3:22:53 PM PST
Brandon says:
Are you saying that Nintendo hasn't pursued the child/family/non core gamer market? I want to hear you say that.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 3:25:48 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2012 3:28:53 PM PST
"Are you saying that Nintendo hasn't pursued the child/family/non core gamer market?"

Yes, and for that matter, so have Sony and Microsoft, but have ANY of them pretty much forsaken adult gamers? Absolutely not, but if anything, Microsoft is the most guilty of this. I guess these are the sorts of arguments that you'd expect from someone who argues that Xbox live offers substantial entertainment value.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 3:29:22 PM PST
Brandon says:
Here's the problem: You seem more interested in flaming Microsoft/xbox live than having a rational conversation. Yes, Microsoft and Sony saw the success of the Wii remote gimmick and decided it was financially smart to make the same move. But Nintendo has taken it to the level of having a limited exclusive catalogue for people who want to play something other than Mario games. Also, they clearly don't care about the core gamer enough to aggressively push a real controller.

I also have to defend xbox live. It offers immense entertainment value for a very reasonable montly premium.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 3:44:10 PM PST
"they clearly don't care about the core gamer enough to aggressively push a real controller"

The Nintendo Wii U Pro Controller says hello--and, from what I've seen so far, the Wii U's gamepad has a lot to offer core gamers. Anyway, the 360, PS3, and Wii U all have a lot to offer everyone, though it is true that the Nintendo libraries in general have more good kid-friendly offerings.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 3:48:35 PM PST
"Here's the problem: You seem more interested in flaming Microsoft/xbox live than having a rational conversation."

And my constant reference to Halo 4 as being my personal game of the year is clear indication of that.

"Yes, Microsoft and Sony saw the success of the Wii remote gimmick and decided it was financially smart to make the same move."

Play games like Skyward Sword, Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, Wii Sports Resort, Metroid Prime: Trilogy, and Red Steel 2 and tell me their motion control applications are gimmicks.

"But Nintendo has taken it to the level of having a limited exclusive catalogue for people who want to play something other than Mario games."

You said that they've forsaken adult gamers, yet they've been hard at work providing multiplatform content on the system, having a more demographically diverse game library, and what is sure to be excellent and hardcore exclusive games.

"Also, they clearly don't care about the core gamer enough to aggressively push a real controller."

What does a "real" controller even mean? A controller is a controller, regardless of how you feel about how integral its gameplay applications may or may not be. Without innovation, there is no advancement.

"I also have to defend xbox live. It offers immense entertainment value for a very reasonable montly premium."

This is just hilarious. The ONLY differences between Xbox Live Gold and PSN is Xbox Live's more centralized party system and online interaction, the PS3's inability for cross game voice party chat (which is nothing but an online multiplayer matchmaking teamwork distraction that's a free feature on the PS Vita), and PSN's slightly longer download times, but all of that is worth paying the full price of a new game despite the fact that it's losing content (as seen with the cancellation of its Inside Xbox programming and the social networking apps), has more ads, has less exclusive content and/or features out of multiplat releases instead of just earlier DLC releases for overrated garbage like CoD, lacks free multiplayer and free streaming access support, doesn't offer online multiplayer and streaming service access for free, and has less dedicated server support for multiplayer titles, amirite? I thought Xbox Live's price increase was supposed to change that....

That's not even taking PSN+ into account, which has offered games like Saint's Row 2, Just Cause 2, LittleBigPlanet 2, inFAMOUS 2, and many others for free, free and discounted games each month, game trials, more streamlined cloud saving, trophy synchronization, automatic downloads, and first access to demos and betas before regular PSN members and all Xbox Live subscribers, and that's all while being $10 cheaper. Yes, it's worth $50 a year, but it has way more value than 5 years of Xbox Live. If you seriously think PSN sucks because you're taking the PSN hack into consideration, then you might as well mention the RRoD epidemic like it still happens. Live does not have better servers and PSN online gamers are not mostly kids. Those are lies instigated by 360 fanthings trying to justify their subscription renewals, and I should know because, again, I own both consoles. They're both mostly P2P servers, and in an hour of Xbox Live, I've encountered more kids than I have in a week of PSN with a comparable number of mic users. XBL = Greatest entertainment value? LOL. Give me a break.... ^_^
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