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Ask Slashdot: Best Console For the Kids This Holiday?

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the vt100-all-the-way dept.

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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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Just get some PS3 games imo (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067331)

Just get some PS3 games imo

Is there an echo in here? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067625)

Is there an echo in here?

Why do you say that? (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 2 years ago | (#42067667)

Why do you say that?

Re:Just get some PS3 games imo (5, Informative)

hairyfeet (841228) | about 2 years ago | (#42067815)

It sounds like they are into the whole casual thing, which if he doesn't wanna get more PS3 games I'd say put together one of those E350 AMD DVD player sized PCs together, slap on Steam, and let the kids go to town.

Let me tell ya with two teen boys Steam is like manna from heaven, the Xmas sale is always full of great games dirt cheap, so i can just tell them "here is what you have to spend, go nuts" and let them load up. Of course they both have decent gaming PCs but for casual gaming the E350 not only works great but slap a 1Tb drive in it and its a great media tank as well. with all the indies signing onto Steam they could have new games practically every day for cheap or free and the E350 kits are dirt cheap.

But buying another console now would be retarded, we all know they are all gonna release new systems (Nintendo already has) soon and until you see which are the winners and which the losers buying a console now would just be dumb. You either get ancient tech like the X360 or a console that frankly could turn into another Gamecube, whereas the E350 will look nice in a TV cabinet, will let you play netflixs and watch all your shows, and with Win 8 just $40 the 10 foot UI for kids is one of the few things Win 8 is actually good at so it seems like a no brainer to me, get the HTPC.

teach them the calue of generosity (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067349)

That money might be much better spent if you find someone in need and help them out. Keep the kids as involved as possible.

Re:teach them the calue of generosity (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#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.

ass kicking (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067759)

My kid could kick your kid's white ass back to grandma's house.

Re:ass kicking (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067809)

My kid could kick your kid's white ass back to grandma's house.

How do you know her ass is white?

Re:ass kicking (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067871)

The implications are... uh-oh.

Re:ass kicking (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067917)

Rich kids always have a white ass.

Re:teach them the calue of generosity (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067763)

My kid already donates from her allowance weekly and volunteers her time.

I can attest to this! She sucks dick like it's her job, and spends a LOT of time doing it.

Gosh, I LOVE AC attestations!

It wasn't asked for

So? This is an open forum.

I doubt it will be appreciated

Oh, *I* appreciate it!

it's completely off topic.

You must be new here.

Re:teach them the calue of generosity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067873)

My kid already donates from her allowance weekly and volunteers her time.

*MY* kid does that, too, AND has donated a kidney to a homeless person who would have died otherwise. In addition, her tested IQ is 150, she speaks 5 languages fluently, just took her SAT's and aced them, and has started a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest.

Look at you now, AC!

Re:teach them the calue of generosity (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067463)

yea like the santa reeking of piss and whiskey

Re:teach them the calue of generosity (4, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 2 years ago | (#42067475)

This is a forum dedicated to uncontrolled mass consumption. We don't want your charitable kind around here. Don't you have a dank alley to patrol for losers?

Re:teach them the calue of generosity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067477)

Rubbish. Life is short, shower the kids with love and gifts.

Re:teach them the calue of generosity (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 2 years ago | (#42067673)

I tried to shower with gifts this morning, and I have the bruises to prove it.

Re:teach them the calue of generosity (1)

mysidia (191772) | about 2 years ago | (#42067669)

The author didn't post requesting opinions on parenting; and whether getting a console was a good idea or not, he already determined that's what he wants to do. He just asked what the best choice of console was.

No question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067351)

For 3 kids under 9, definitely the Wii U or Wii.

Re:No question (3, Interesting)

Cinder6 (894572) | about 2 years ago | (#42067655)

As someone who owns all of the consoles in question, I have to agree. I would recommend the Wii U over the plain Wii, because it just came out and the Wii won't be supported for much longer. Plus, the Wii U can play the old Wii games just fine, and will actually make use of that spare HDMI monitor.

With that said, the Wii U doesn't have a ton of great games right now. For kids, there's Mario, Epic Mickey 2 (available on other platforms as well), Scribblenauts Unlimited (actually supposed to be good this time, though I'd hesitate at $60), and a couple others that may or may not be good (I know a lot of kids like the Just Dance games). All things said, it's a pretty good launch selection, but the other systems will obviously have a lot more to offer for now.

NSMBU is great, though. It's very much a mix of SMB3 and Super Mario World.

"three kids under 9" = Wii / Wii U (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067355)

Easiest "Ask Slashdot" ever. More child friendly games are available for Nintendo's platforms than for the PS3 or Xbox 360.

Re:"three kids under 9" = Wii / Wii U (5, Insightful)

I-am-a-Banana (940550) | about 2 years ago | (#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...

No. (5, Insightful)

s0nicfreak (615390) | about 2 years ago | (#42067875)

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.

Buy them a soccer ball (3, Insightful)

MonsterOfTheLake (880659) | about 2 years ago | (#42067369)

or a skateboard. or a bicycle. They don't need another video game console. They need to go outside and play.

Re:Buy them a soccer ball (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067391)

And get raped and killed, great idea.

Re:Buy them a soccer ball (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067445)

Buy them baseball bats - if you live in a safe area they can play ball - if you don't they can join a gang! Win-Win!

Re:Buy them a soccer ball (0)

MonsterOfTheLake (880659) | about 2 years ago | (#42067451)

You're right. Anyone under the age of 18 outside a building is insta-raped. No exceptions.

Re:Buy them a soccer ball (4, Funny)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about 2 years ago | (#42067473)

And get raped and killed, great idea.

They live near a church?

Re:Buy them a soccer ball (1)

Literaphile (927079) | about 2 years ago | (#42067553)

Do you live in the Sudan?

Re:Buy them a soccer ball (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067431)

Having a gaming console and having those things are not mutually exclusive in any way. Throughout my childhood there was never a time after the age of about 4 that we did not have at least one gaming console in the house. (Atari, NES, SNES, N64, PS1) and I easily spent more time riding my bike than playing with any of them. That doesn't mean It wasn't nice to have on a rainy/lazy day.

Re:Buy them a soccer ball (3, Informative)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 2 years ago | (#42067481)

yea cause skateboards are great when there's 2 foot of snow and its -8 outside

Re:Buy them a soccer ball (4, Insightful)

pspahn (1175617) | about 2 years ago | (#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.

Re:Buy them a soccer ball (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067573)

Well get (or better build) a sled then!

When I was a kid and there was 2 feet of snow you could hardly keep us in. We used to sled down a hill on tin trays.

Whay are kids such whimps now?

Re:Buy them a soccer ball (2)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 2 years ago | (#42067921)

yea cause skateboards are great when there's 2 foot of snow and its -8 outside

Snowboards, sleds, skis, snowdiscs, even a cafeteria tray can provide plenty fun.

I wouldn't spend any money on a console right now. Certainly not on an over-the-hill Xbox 360 if you already own a PS3.

But I agree with hairyfeet up above, who says, "make a gaming PC and give 'em Steam. There is tons o' fun on Steam for any kind of gaming tastes, and the gaming PC makes for an excellent media center for the house with the addition of a jumbo hard drive.

When you figure the price of more PS3 games, I don't think the gaming PC approach is going to be much more expensive. Plus, I figure since the questioner sounds like he's passing familiar with tech he's probably got most of what he needs for a decent gaming rig already in the house.

Re:Buy them a soccer ball (1)

timeOday (582209) | about 2 years ago | (#42067801)

Maybe he asked a similar question about this year's hot outside toys on some other website that's about that. But then we wouldn't know, would we? Because we're websurfing a tech website. On Thanksgiving. That includes you.

Having a game console (or two) isn't necessarily bad and this is a perfectly good place to ask about them.

PC? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067375)

Just get a semi decent PC and a few game controllers. PC vs Console aside, since Nintendo just released a new system and the other gaming consoles are starting to show their age, investing in one now seems counter intuitive. If you have enough money that it doesn't matter, I'm not sure why you don't just have one of each already. If money is tight enough that that isn't an option, then you really don't have a leg to stand on pushing to get a new system in the first place.

This feels more like fishing for a current idea of how consumers feel about the consoles than a legitimate question. Unless your kids (or yourself) are dying to play games that aren't on the PS3 that you already have, or are having issues with Sony, there's no reason to move to a new system at all.

PC for Flash games (2)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#42067535)

Just get a semi decent PC

Seconded. One advantage of a PC is that it's really easy to run the multitude of free-to-play Flash games on relatively kid-safe sites such as Nick, PBS, and the BBC.

Re:PC for Flash games (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067849)

Also, the whole indie gaming scene is on the PC, and only the PC, and it's the indie games that are most fun these days not the big budget games.

Re:PC? (1)

Kjella (173770) | about 2 years ago | (#42067705)

Just get a semi decent PC and a few game controllers.

And what exactly would you play on it? There's tons of great games for the PC but they're 99% one player/machine with mouse and keyboard. At best you'll get a few console ports who kept the console controller scheme as an option, in which case you might as well get a console. Personally I'd not want to buy a 2005-2006 generation console today which leaves the Wii U, but I guess that's also a budget issue. Indications are that the Xbox720/PS4 won't come until around 2015 so there's little point in holding out at least.

Buy more games/controls for your PS3 (1)

StrayEddy (2650271) | about 2 years ago | (#42067383)

The PS3 is a really powerfull machine, it's not gonna be absolete in a looooong time. So yeah, i suggest you don't buy another console, if you don't need to.

Re:Buy more games/controls for your PS3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067583)

absolete?

Go back to school kid.

Re:Buy more games/controls for your PS3 (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 2 years ago | (#42067693)

Maybe he's using the spellchecker on that "really powerfull" machine.

Just got an xbox 360 (2)

Urban Nightmare (147344) | about 2 years ago | (#42067397)

After many years of begging I finally broke down and got a xbox 360 to replace the aging Wii. I got the Halo 4 version since my son loves the Halo games. The game is rated teen but him and his friends have been playing it for a couple of years now. BTW he's also 9 (turning ten early next year). Now he just has to wait until Christmas and no he doesn't know he's getting it.

Re:Just got an xbox 360 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067515)

+1 well done! :-)

Go for an old console instead (0)

Stormwatch (703920) | about 2 years ago | (#42067411)

Teach your kids that old games are often better than modern ones: get a Sega Dreamcast and pirate to your heart's content, you don't even have to mod it (just be sure not to get a rev.2 unit).

Re:Go for an old console instead (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 2 years ago | (#42067453)

I was going to say something along these lines. Get a Wii, mod it, and through a bunch of emulators on there. For the Wii, you don't even need to hardware mod it. Just get a copy of Super Smash Brothers, or Indiana Jones and you're set. You can even rent the game, which is what I did back when the twilight princess game still worked. Use a free month subscription to GameFly if you don't have a physical game rental store. You can also pick up games for pretty cheap now since it's been superseded by the WiiU.

Re:Go for an old console instead (1)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about 2 years ago | (#42067585)

you can buy a cheap dell pc put mythbuntu on it and zsnes emulator for your nes/snes games, dolphine emulator for you gamecube and wii games, any terminal emulator you want for nethack, pick up a couple wii controllers on amazon or you local pawnshop. if you want more emulators just go look through the repository. through a couple 2 terabyte drives in it for storing movies and music you now have a awesome media center/game console.

Re:Go for an old console instead (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 2 years ago | (#42067725)

Yeah, but even a cheap Dell computer will cost more than $120 that the Wii is going for. Not to mention that with a modded Wii, you can hook up a hard drive to the USB port and play your emulated/Wii games off that. Even with the cost of the hard disk you still come out way under the price of the "cheap" Dell computer. Plus, you'd have to get gamepads anyway for the computer, and the Wii comes with 1 to start with.

Re:Go for an old console instead (1)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about 2 years ago | (#42067807)

but you cant put a bluray drive in your wii latter.

Re:Go for an old console instead (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 2 years ago | (#42067947)

Meh, You can just buy a whole BluRay player for about the same price as the drive. The cheap Dell computer might not even have enough horsepower to play a BluRay disc. Also, the cheap Dell computer probably won't be able to play Wii/Gamecube games with Dolphin either. And then there's the advantage of having a real remote for your BluRay player.

Re:Go for an old console instead (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 2 years ago | (#42067495)

you say get them a dreamcast and then have a link about child abuse in your sig

classy

Re:Go for an old console instead (1)

Daniel Klugh (1935646) | about 2 years ago | (#42067645)

Or get a Atari 800 HCS (Home Computer System)! Four joystick ports, four sound channels, four Player/Missile Graphics.
(read: four complex and four simple sprites; the simple sprites can be combined into a fifth complex sprite)
And they're still making games for it!

(and it's the only home computer sporting a text mode that actually supports true lower-case text! (as in descenders))

Re:Go for an old console instead (1)

mysidia (191772) | about 2 years ago | (#42067765)

Teach your kids that old games are often better than modern ones: get a Sega Dreamcast and pirate to your heart's content,

But get a Wii, and you can have the best of both worlds.... thanks to the ability to buy digital downloads of "old games" through Nintendo's online store, and play them on the platform through the Virtual console; NES / SNES / N64 / Gamecube emulation.

Without giving up the ability to also experience some more recent titles.

The experience can be as entertaining as the PS3; fresh different content is available, and the platform total cost is lower.

Other toys and Ouya coupons (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067413)

I'd get them some gaming "coupons" for when you can order an Ouya. Android gaming on your TV is going to be a grand time. It will be far more focused on playability than fancy graphics. With the Android gaming community behind it, $2.99 to $0.99 will be your price range for a game, not $30-$50.

http://www.ouya.tv/ [www.ouya.tv]

Re:Other toys and Ouya coupons (1)

TheSkepticalOptimist (898384) | about 2 years ago | (#42067659)

Yeah, that will go over well. Hand your kids some printed coupons in an empty box for Christmas. Might as well get them a pet rock to go along with that. How can you make any comments about playability on vaporware.

OnLive Maybe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067429)

The OnLive playpack cost about the same as Netflix, and has a ton of games you can stream. As long as your internet can sustain 2Mbps it plays fine in 1080p, and they have a micro "Console" of sorts to stream to your TV. Even without paying the subscription, you can demo any game for up to 30 minutes. Every kid I've ever shown it to seems to fall in love with the fact they can just choose any game on the service and play, even if it's only the demo, without having to ask Mom and Dad to go to the store to get a game.

Depends... (1)

Derekloffin (741455) | about 2 years ago | (#42067433)

It's cliché, but true. What games are they interested in? Do you play multiplayer games and are you willing to pay for Xbox Live Gold subscription? Do you have a media room set up that is good for Kinect? 360 shares most of it's software line up with PS3 so if those are the games you're playing little point in getting it (it would be quite a different situation if you didn't already have the PS3). For Kids, Kinect may be a good value, but that depends if you actually have the room to use it properly. 360 is cheap but if you're playing multiplayer you have to factor in the subscription too. As to Wii, I would steer clear. It is dead in the water software wise, and overpriced even for what it is. Wii U, hard to say at this point how it will fair but it probably be a better choice than a Wii especially as it has all of Wii's functionality save Gamecube game support.

Multiple kids in one household (1)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#42067555)

360 is cheap but if you're playing multiplayer you have to factor in the subscription too.

Only if you plan on playing online multiplayer. Some adults prefer playing online with strangers because adults are less likely to have time to arrange their schedules to visit friends in person. But this household has three single-digit-year-old children, and I don't see how it'll be hard for them to arrange their schedules to play with one another using multiple gamepads connected to one machine.

Why ? (2)

SilenceBE (1439827) | about 2 years ago | (#42067439)

The skylander, lego, ... are also available on the PS3 which you have. The differences between the ps3, xbox 360 and even the wii u is to small to imho shell out money to get an extra console or to get your money worth.

I had the xbox 360 and the PS3 for example and to be honest the difference was so neglible that I ended up selling one. The wii I also had but I had more use of it as a paper weight then a gaming machine. Great first party titles but that was also all and I don't have the feeling that with the WiiU it will be a different case.

I would go for some games or even saving for when the nextgen machines arrive. For me that makes economical more sense.

The WiiU is next gen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067683)

At least for marketing/business purposes.

Hardware wise it's not a big leap, but as far as we can tell, it's the one Nintendo will be using for the next few years.

But you are right that many games are cross platform

My rule of thumb (which is really common sense) is look at the exclusives

If there's nothing from 360 exclusives, you can wait for the next one (which may have exclusives you like)

If there's exclusives from WiiU (and there will bound to be more exclusives, thanks to the WiiU's controllers) that you like, and you want to play them now then buy the WiiU this year

If not, wait. Console prices trend downward over time, while the size of their game libraries increase. The only reason to buy a console today is if you really really want to play a particular title today

Don't teach to keep "upgrading" (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#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.

Re:Don't teach to keep "upgrading" (0)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 2 years ago | (#42067499)

So get them a Super Nintendo but don't let them use it?

If surveys are anything to go by... (2)

Kergan (780543) | about 2 years ago | (#42067461)

Your kids probably want an iPad, a WII-U or an iPod Touch if surveys are anything to go by:

http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/consumer/u-s-kids-continue-to-look-forward-to-iholiday/ [nielsen.com]

Re:If surveys are anything to go by... (1)

uCallHimDrJ0NES (2546640) | about 2 years ago | (#42067525)

"If surveys are anything to go by..." They aren't.

Re:If surveys are anything to go by... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067613)

qq more fandroid

Re:If surveys are anything to go by... (1)

mysidia (191772) | about 2 years ago | (#42067741)

Your kids probably want an iPad, a WII-U or an iPod Touch if surveys are anything to go by

Only because of advertising. Engage your kids, get them finding out more details rather than just the rosy picture in the latest expensive ads, and they may reach a different conclusion that they will be happier with (Or not.... The Wii-U and iPad 4th gen are pretty highly compelling game platforms; I don't believe the same could be said about the iPod Touch).

Get a couple of controllers and some games (1)

uCallHimDrJ0NES (2546640) | about 2 years ago | (#42067503)

As undulato already said, his or her kids play Skylanders and such. Nothing new on the market provides a significant value add here. Wii U is nice, but the early adopter tax is high. Retro consoles are cool (I have 35 or so), but they are serious space consumers, and can't use the spare HDMI monitor. Plus, most of us can smell the Steambox cooking, so economically this seems like a perfect time to wait.

Re:Get a couple of controllers and some games (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 2 years ago | (#42067775)

How the hell can you have 35 different consoles? Don't cheat, i.e. the SEGA 32X is not a console in itself.

Re:Get a couple of controllers and some games (1)

uCallHimDrJ0NES (2546640) | about 2 years ago | (#42067893)

I didn't say "different" consoles. You did. Don't cheat, i.e. don't make up arbitrary rules for some sort of game where I wind up having to sit here and type in an inventory of my collection.

No added value in buying other consoles (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067517)

New games/accessories for your existing PS3 will be more cost efficient. If you buy a new hardware, you'll have to buy both the hardware and the games.

Except for exclusive licenses, a XBox won't bring you anything the PS3 can't do. (Forget the Kinect/Move that exists only for game editors to sell you half backed games with poor quality for top dollar). So get a XB360 ONLY if you intend to buy Halo or another CBox exclusive game. And you will still need to buy a "kid game" (LEGO, Skylander, ).

The Wii is cheaper but it totally outdated. Here again, it won't bring anything new and you'll still have to buy games for it.

The Wii U is brand new. So you'll pay top dollar for it and you'll have very few games. And it is only slightly faster than a PS3/XBox360.

Re:No added value in buying other consoles (1)

s0nicfreak (615390) | about 2 years ago | (#42067925)

The 360 has many indie games that aren't available on the ps3. Many of them are child friendly, and many of them only cost $1.

PC (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067519)

Some kids are spoiled by their parents but you don't have to go to extremes to avoid that. All current consoles (and the Wii U) were obsolete about 6 years ago. Giving them a console would be like giving them a tin-can phone -- it is just embarrassing. You will need to give them glasses at an early age because they will think the blurry graphics and lack of detail means something is wrong with their eyesight.

Get a mid-ranged video card for your PC. It will be about the same price as a console and everyone will have way more fun.

Use Steam (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067521)

Use Steam and a Linux Box, later, your sons will play less and learn more, because they will have all the free tools to learn.

Re:Use Steam (1)

pspahn (1175617) | about 2 years ago | (#42067617)

Kind of what I was thinking, but the things they learn may prove rather practical since they will have to learn how to make stuff work in Linux.

I highly doubt I would have found interest in working with zeroes and ones as a career had I not been given a crappy Sperry IBM clone and some games that never ran unless you figured out what TSRs and extended memory were and how to manipulate them.

Kids will learn how to learn better if they are given things that only 'sort of' work' (some assembly required).

add a pre-owned 360 to the mix (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067523)

and let them player decent games on the PS3 and 360. My son completed R&C Tools several times as a 5 year old. It doesn't take them long to play the better stuff. Coordination comes fast at that age. I caught my 4 year old girl playing Uncharted 3. She wasn't actually playing the game, but worked out how to have Drake running around, which was plenty of fun for her.

Don't bother with Wii or the Wii U unless they happen to be into the same tired Nintendo characters.

wii u? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067561)

I would consider wii u. Getting a console like this in its early lifecycle is a good investment, and also it supports wii games.

Get an iPad 2 (1)

AwaxSlashdot (600672) | about 2 years ago | (#42067563)

Much more versatile than an TV console (drawing, reading, map, educational games, movies) and you could get tons of simple games/apps for only a few bucks each.
And you can use it in the car for long travels.

And it does not "compete" with the PS3 for which you could still get games.

Re:Get an iPad 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067603)

Utter bollox. The games on the ipad are shit, kids get bored with them after a few minutes and the "apps" are pure tat if you think you'll get educational stuff for children. The ipad will end up as nothing more than a netflix device. In which case, there are better devices available for less money.

Re:Get an iPad 2 (1)

digitallife (805599) | about 2 years ago | (#42067783)

I'd actually recommend an ipad mini. My kids have had an ipad 1 for years and absolutely love it, but I got them a mini and its much more suited to them. The littlest (2) looks hilarious carting the big ipad with protective case around... It's like half his size lol. Plus it's cheaper than a 2nd gen! Plus, the iPads can use the TV, kinda like a WiiU, so you don't lose too much from a console, and you gain a ton (like CHEAP apps and great educational software - my 4 year old learned how to spell almost entirely because she loves a spelling game on the ipad so much).

etch-a-sketch (1, Insightful)

ath0mic (519762) | about 2 years ago | (#42067619)

6.25 x 4.5 inch display, infinite battery life, no software updates required... all for about $15.00

Re:etch-a-sketch (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067715)

Just don't get the SP2 update. It bricked my etch-a-sketch and ToysRUs refuses to refund me.

Re:etch-a-sketch (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067831)

Plus they can use it to design their future strategy as Republican presidential candidates

Really going to start up this troll war? (5, Funny)

TheSkepticalOptimist (898384) | about 2 years ago | (#42067641)

Why don't you ask your children what console they want? Chances are they will be very disappointed by whatever group consensus you will get from Slashdot, which will probably be some Linux based 10 year old shoebox computer running Steam beta...

Yep, 5 comments up "Use Steam and a Linux Box"...sigh.

Re:Really going to start up this troll war? (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 2 years ago | (#42067813)

I think Ask Slashdot is a good way to get hundreds of second opinions about something you're asking yourself but are unsure because of some details you might have missed.

But using Ask Slashdot for someone else? Why not ask that someone else directly?

Re:Really going to start up this troll war? (1)

s0nicfreak (615390) | about 2 years ago | (#42067937)

My kids that are under 9 actually love using Linux and Steam.

Atari 2600 (2, Funny)

JoeWalsh (32530) | about 2 years ago | (#42067663)

It was good enough for granddad; it's good enough for anyone.

mod dOwn (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067665)

multiplayer - Wii (2)

RichMan (8097) | about 2 years ago | (#42067675)

very broad generalization follows

Playstation and Xbox have mostly single player games.
Wii has more multiplayer games.

Clarinet (2)

BoRegardless (721219) | about 2 years ago | (#42067689)

Some studies have shown if you "get" music you do better with math and that today is needed almost no matter what occupation you have.
No batteries, no internet connection, small, portable, not too loud, pleasant once they learn a bit, nothing be reeds as accessories to buy. What could go wrong?

I Use Konsole (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067703)

As a KDE user, I use Konsole, so that's probably what my children will start using, as well. In actuality, all console applications are essentially the same, simply giving a text interface to your running shell.

Make it a family project (4, Insightful)

mysidia (191772) | about 2 years ago | (#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....

How about a portable? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067745)

One you should look into is the upcoming Archos Gamepad, an Android-based tablet with (as the name implies) actual buttons for gaming. It seems to be powerful enough to emulate the PS1 and the N64 smoothly.

Fitch just cut Sony to BB- with neg outlook (1)

swschrad (312009) | about 2 years ago | (#42067771)

so it looks like the financial market says don't count on a screaming boatload of new games in a couple years. Panasonic is a hurting critter, too.

Get a Wii, but... (1)

pjr.cc (760528) | about 2 years ago | (#42067795)

I would rule out the 360 for the simple reason that the difference between the ps3 and 360 for what you want is very slim, your not going to get many games on a 360 that your 9yr old will enjoy that arent also already available on the ps3. Ultimately you'll have another console, but it'll just be different, not unique really. Kinect can be kinda fun, but its a limited experience in many ways.

If you want to buy something, the Wii is the best choice. You'll find alot of good games that will appeal to a 9yr old. Games the whole family can get in on and are only available on the Wii. Its a very family focused entertainment console and you'll get quite a number of hours of enjoyment out of it. On top of all this, the Wii is cheap and second hand games for it are (not yet) hobbled by scum-sucking games developers who seem to think they have a right to make money on a second hand game.

The Wii U looks ok, but its hard to really make a knowledgeable choice about it just because of the limited info available for it.

Im trying hard to stick to the question and not say things like "you could get another console, or...."

Yeah, get a new game or two (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067797)

Save buying a new console for the next Christmas or whenever when a new console is specifically desired.

It's about the games. As long as there are still fun titles to get for your PS3, stay put. There /will/ be a next generation of consoles, or an other-console-specific game to get in the future soon enough. Get more games and have fun.

Not now! Wa (2)

Tei (520358) | about 2 years ago | (#42067843)

New consoles are going to release in a year!. Buying a console now (except the Wii-U) is the worst thing a gamer can do!.

Xbox, and headsets (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067865)

Your 9 year old kids will become 12 year old foul mouthed Halo kiddies before you know it. Might as well get them started.

(I'm joking)

Kids already know what they want... (1, Redundant)

blahplusplus (757119) | about 2 years ago | (#42067895)

... why don't you ask them? I'm dumbfounded how this got to front page of slashdot, seems like a "no duh" kind of question.

Easy. (1)

zakkudo (2638939) | about 2 years ago | (#42067923)

SeXBox 360.

Get what their friends have... (2)

David_Hart (1184661) | about 2 years ago | (#42067933)

If their friends have a PS3, then get a PS3. If their friends have an XBox, get an XBox. Why? Because they can then share games...

get an xbox 360 but for Kinect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42067941)

I would argue an Xbox 360 + Kinect with a handful of good Kinect titles will promote some good fun and physical activity for your kids and you.
If you already have that PS3 with loads of titles, then you're not missing much from xbox, it's just the Kinect that makes a lot of difference.
A new generation of consoles will probably be announced next year and launched only in 2014.
That gives you plenty of time to use the current ones while saving for the new tech.

The classic Wii is indeed kid friendly but IMO is worth it only with the "motion controller plus" which is more accurate than the original plus a ton of titles to keep them entertained. Still, with a classic Wii i'm afraid in half an year it will end up unused and it will be hard to sell too.
Wii U, better wait for in-depth reviews, more titles, etc.

My friend is in a similar situation as you and after we talked and talked we decided that an Xbox360 + Kinect will do the xmas job.
You can get the 4GB version with a single controller and kinect bundled with a game to start with.
Then, and only if it catches on, you can buy extra controllers, chargers, remote, headphones and an extra HDD.
Start small, if they don't like it or if they get bored of Kinect, sell the xbox next year and wait for the next gen.

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