If the last time you played a video game was Pac-Man at the arcade, it might be time for a refresher! It’s safe to say that a lot has changed since then, as gaming at home and on-the-go have become the ways that players now enjoy video games. If your kids are pestering you about getting a video game system, but you’d prefer to know a bit more about which consoles are available, then read this useful guide.
If you don’t want your kids playing anything violent or controversial, it’s hard to beat the Nintendo Switch. The latest console from Nintendo can be played on a TV as usual, but it can also be taken around the house and used as a portable, handheld device. Nintendo games have always been fun, bright, easy to play and simple to understand… and the Switch titles are certainly no different. Mario Kart 8, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and even Minecraft are all suitable for young age groups, and you’ll find that adults will love to play these, too.
MOBA and MMO games
MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) and MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) are seriously trending right now and many of the games in these genres are even played in eSports competitions. Believe it or not, fans will actually visit arenas across the world to watch gamers duke it out, where the winning player or team will take home a cash price of around $1,000,000.
A powerful gaming PC is best for MOBA or MMO games, as a keyboard and mouse is required to play the games. Titles like League of Legends, DOTA 2, and Smite are popular MOBA games, while EVE and World of Warcraft are hugely prevalent MMO options. Some players have been known to record their gaming sessions and upload them to followers on Twitch, as it’s sometimes possible to earn money by doing this. See Twitch streaming tutorials for PC, PS4 and Xbox to learn more about how it works.
If your kids are older, say 16+, you might let them play some violent shooter games. These titles usually aren’t bloody or gory, but have the typical guns and explosions that you’d see in any Fast & Furious, Avengers, or Transformers movie. The Xbox One is perhaps the best option, as it contains exclusive titles like Halo, Gears of War, and Sea of Thieves, but also has access to hugely popular multi-platform games like Call of Duty, Apex Legends, and Fortnite.
Many of the best racing games are available on every type of console, but if your kids are serious revheads, then the PlayStation 4 is the way to go. This is because the Gran Turismo series is exclusive to the PS4 and these racing games are widely considered the most authentic and in-depth available today. Other popular titles like Wipeout, Dirt, and F1 2019 can also be played on the PS4. To be even more dedicated to racing games, many players buy a special racing wheel and pedal system, which increases the fun and realism of the titles.
Of course, there are hundreds of games out there to play, but these should give you a rough idea of which console is best for a particular type of game. Teach your kids about staying safe online when playing and remind them to take regular breaks and get fresh air and sunshine outside too!