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Old 12-15-2011, 10:08 AM
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I would like to get the kids an x box for x mas.There seems to be a few to choose from.What do I need and dont need.Help xmas is coming.
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dont waste your time on the kinnect. modern warware3 and the run are two good games
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:27 AM
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Dont even know what kinnect is but thanks..
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I would make sure whichever kit you get, make sure it has 2 controllers and a hard drive. I have the Arcade version of the XBox, it only came with 1 controller and no hard drive. I still only have the 1 controller, but a friend gave me a 15 gig hard drive to use. It has plenty of storage for all of my purposes, but I'm not like others that are constantly downloading content to their XBoxes.

If you think your kids will be playing online, here are some things to consider:
1. Location of the XBox - Will you be able to plug an Ethernet cable directly into the XBox, or will you be using a wireless connection. If using a wireless connection, make sure the system you buy is ready for wireless or comes with the wireless network adapter: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox360/Ac...workingAdapter

2. It is cheapest to buy the Gold XBox Live membership...it's good for 12 months at a cost of $60 a year.

3. If you think your kids will be playing with friends online, they will want to talk to them, so a headset will be needed:
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox360/Ac...unication/Home

4. Kinect is pretty cool, you can play games without a controller. The system follows your body movements and also uses voice commands. One game, for example, is Dance Central...the game teaches you different dance moves to different songs, etc...

5. I'm in my 30's, and some of the things I hear adults, older kids, and even young kids say online shocks the hell out of me...I know your kids wouldn't ever say or do something to those extremes...as all parents of kids I know that go online say, but trust me when I tell you, you'd be very surprised what people say when there is no recourse. When you do get your kids an XBox, and they do go online and play, say Modern Warfare 3 or the likes, sit and watch them play for a while every now and then, and make sure the headset is unplugged...you'll be able to hear everything said over the speakers.

I've only been playing with the XBox stuff for a few months....so, I am horrible at the games I play...but it's still fun.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by dfranck View Post
I would make sure whichever kit you get, make sure it has 2 controllers and a hard drive. I have the Arcade version of the XBox, it only came with 1 controller and no hard drive. I still only have the 1 controller, but a friend gave me a 15 gig hard drive to use. It has plenty of storage for all of my purposes, but I'm not like others that are constantly downloading content to their XBoxes.

If you think your kids will be playing online, here are some things to consider:
1. Location of the XBox - Will you be able to plug an Ethernet cable directly into the XBox, or will you be using a wireless connection. If using a wireless connection, make sure the system you buy is ready for wireless or comes with the wireless network adapter: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox360/Ac...workingAdapter

2. It is cheapest to buy the Gold XBox Live membership...it's good for 12 months at a cost of $60 a year.

3. If you think your kids will be playing with friends online, they will want to talk to them, so a headset will be needed:
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox360/Ac...unication/Home

4. Kinect is pretty cool, you can play games without a controller. The system follows your body movements and also uses voice commands. One game, for example, is Dance Central...the game teaches you different dance moves to different songs, etc...

5. I'm in my 30's, and some of the things I hear adults, older kids, and even young kids say online shocks the hell out of me...I know your kids wouldn't ever say or do something to those extremes...as all parents of kids I know that go online say, but trust me when I tell you, you'd be very surprised what people say when there is no recourse. When you do get your kids an XBox, and they do go online and play, say Modern Warfare 3 or the likes, sit and watch them play for a while every now and then, and make sure the headset is unplugged...you'll be able to hear everything said over the speakers.

I've only been playing with the XBox stuff for a few months....so, I am horrible at the games I play...but it's still fun.
Yea. Crazy people in the MW3 lobbies. I pretty much mute everyone now as soon as I join a lobby.
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Yea. Crazy people in the MW3 lobbies. I pretty much mute everyone now as soon as I join a lobby.
You have to to save your sanity...or the faith that kids really aren't that ignorant.
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How old are the kids? MW3 is fun but might not be the most appropriate choice. Personally, I'd pass on the Kinect but if the kids are younger, it might be fun for them. As far as memory, I'd opt for the higher ones. My dad, roommate, and I have 320, 160, and 160 GB memory on our PS3's respectively.The 320GB also has the Move which is similar to the Kinect. Never used it. Xbox usually has less memory and I don't know if I'd like less than 160 gigs. I don't play alot but I have quite a few games. I like the extra memory. Additionally, for online gameplay with Xbox, you have to pay for it. I think its about $50 per year but don't hold me to that (PS3 is free online, one of the reasons why I switched over) As far as games available for both consoles, we play MW3, Dead Island, Ace Combat, Assassins Creed, Need for Speed, GTA, and Saints Row. Some may not be age approptiate but they are fun. Good luck
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:12 AM
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wow,my kids are only 10 and 6 so the online stuff is out of the question for now.I was just wanting to play madden football with my son as the wie one sux.Their are alot of age apropriate games for them ...no??.The wie is getting a little old
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Originally Posted by freeporttuna View Post
wow,my kids are only 10 and 6 so the online stuff is out of the question for now.I was just wanting to play madden football with my son as the wie one sux.Their are alot of age apropriate games for them ...no??.The wie is getting a little old
In that case, make sure you have a system with 2 controllers and go at it...There are a lot of good games you two can play together...

Gamespot...search for what you and your kids may like to play...you can look at other gaming systems here as well:

http://www.gamespot.com/games.html?p...s&sortdir=asc#
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if you dont like the wii, definitely pass on the kinect. plenty of good all ages games out there. madden and fifa games are always good. if they're into cars at all, forza is great. also lots of good ncaa games available
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wow,my kids are only 10 and 6
Like I said...you'd be shocked...good idea to keep them offline for a while yet
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I'd definitely get one with Kinect, especially for children ages 10 and 6. There are some good kids games for it. It also gets them off the couch. My brother has a WII and the Kinect is much better.

I have the 4gb Slim, which is enough for my needs. I don't download movies or other content. If I run out of space I can always add an external drive. They have a 320gb drive for a little over $100.
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there are plenty of age appropriate games out there. as stated above buy multiple controllers. i know you said no online stuff yet, but if you do end up going on to live id suggest a wired connection because the wireless adapters are garbage, at least my experiences with them
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Old 12-16-2011, 04:58 AM
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I got the 250 gb machine with the kinect last night from best buy.It was cheaper to buy them seperatly then as a package.As you get a 75$ gift card with the purchase of the 250gb machine.So I got the extra controler and an additional game madden football with the gift card, the 2 games that come with the xbox and three more games that came with the kinect for 400 bucks..
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