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Ok I gave up console gaming about the time the slim playstation 2 rolled out, we got the kids a Wii but they have no interest in it. They do however spend hours on tablets, and on websites playing games on pc's. They have also played a small amount of borderlands and Diablo 3.

My son says(because I don't think he has ever played on one) he wants an xbox360, and call of duty...which I know he has never even seen. Lets keep in mine he is nearly 8. So I see these deals all the time for refurbished xbox360, which is about all I could afford this Christmas. So I am hoping you guys can educate me so that I buy the best on the cheap model, and that I don't forget and leave out things like "controllers"...or something that you know use to come with the dang things.

Also a list of semi-appropriate games that he would enjoy would be awesome as well......thanks in advance for educating me on this.
post #2 of 14
For Xbox, I'd get a Xbox360 Slim 120GB version. That way you can store games on the drive that your kid wanna play and remove it from the drive once its done directly from Xbox store. Some good games that I played in the past that I found amazing:
1. Peggle ( I know, but it's the best way to spend time without getting heavy into story and all tongue.gif)
2. Ori & the Blind forest - 2D side scrolling platformer.
3. Child of Light - Another 2D side scroller.

Some other that I'll come and then recommend. Off to work chao !!
post #3 of 14
Although Call of Duty (CoD) is very popular among children it may not be appropriate for them. The series is about war and contains themes that may not be appropriate for an 8 year old. You are the parent so ultimately it is your choice. I would recommend watching some YouTube videos of game play to get a better idea what is in the game, especially the online component. I have never played these games but the internet consensus is that CoD is filled with young teen kids screaming racial slurs and other obscenities. Again don't take my word for it, do your research.

There is also a $5 a month online fee your child will almost certainly want that you may want to consider that you can also buy at a discount for a year.

Outside of CoD there is a very large selection of Xbox 360 games that can be picked up for relatively cheap because the gaming system is a bit past end of its life cycle. It still works and can be quite fun and inexpensive but very few new games are being made for it.
post #4 of 14
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Good to know.

And yeah I plan to do my due diligence I just need a jump off point at least in knowledge on the xbox at this point.....and I hate subscriptions...
post #5 of 14
I cringe at the thought of what an 8 year old would hear while playing any online game. The cursing isn't the worst thing he would hear and I will not go into detail on that. Think of online voice chat while gaming being the audiobook version of some subreddits. No filters what so ever, people screaming horrible insults at each other.

The single player aspect of a lot of games I don't find appropriate for an 8 year old either, and yes I am a parent as well as an avid gamer. One example that comes to mind is the Terminal mission in Call of Duty Modern Warefare 2 which is about walking through an airport and shooting as many civilians as you can. I would try to keep him away from certain titles for as long as possible. If he is dying for an FPS style game, then I would try to get him into the Halo series or something more mild mannered.

If you are looking into an Xbox 360 remember the Wifi needs of that system as I often see it overlooked. The original style does not have built-in Wifi capabilities. It requires a separate adapter which can sometimes be hard to find although I see them on eBay now and then. The later "slim" models do not require this add on for wireless.
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I actually have 4 kids, he is the second oldest, and yes I know I have to look into some of the game, he has mentioned halo as well.
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You might also want to look into Minecraft. It is really popular among kids right now and its a great educational tool. It gives them the opportunity to unleash their creativity and build to their hearts content. The game even has red stone, which can effectively teach the basics of electrical engineering. Check out the game on YouTube and see the craziness that has been built.
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You might also want to look into Minecraft. It is really popular among kids right now and its a great educational tool. It gives them the opportunity to unleash their creativity and build to their hearts content. The game even has red stone, which can effectively teach the basics of electrical engineering. Check out the game on YouTube and see the craziness that has been built.

I recommend Minecraft as well, I was 11 when the game came out and I still play it to this day. It's pretty fun and a great game for kids, I play it with my 4 year old cousin every time he comes over.
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Minecraft is the bane of my existence. My kids have it on their tablets(yes the pocket edition), they immediately steal, destory, and kill one another and then that degrades into real life fights. Before you ask only the older 3 of 4 do it(10 year old girl, 7 year old boy<--worst two offenders, 5 year old boy....my 3 year old girl likes to walk around in it but doesn't do much). Currently they are on about day 20 of a 60 day ban after the oldest was attempting to choke her 7 year old brother because he sold her sword........rolleyes.gif

They have moved on to fighting in/about Terraria now.
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Maybe you shouldn't let your kids pay in co-op worlds? If they cant greef each others worlds, they shouldn't be getting into fights about it.
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