Recently, we were lucky enough to get the chance to try out an Xbox 360 console (with Kinect!). When I was first asked about the opportunity, I politely turned it down, since I never write about products that I don’t personally use or endorse, and I explained that there are no big gamers in my house. I was urged to give it a second look, and as it turns out, I’m glad I did.
There are so many more uses to the Xbox than I ever imagined. Growing up, I played a lot of Nintendo. I spent hours and hours becoming more and more addicted, after school and on rainy days. My mom had a rule that we weren’t allowed to play when the weather was nice and the sun was shining – we needed to get outside and be active. I loved our Nintendo, and I had a handful of favorite games I rotated and played all the time. But the Nintendo was just that – a video game player. It didn’t serve any other purpose than just to fuel my addiction and entertain me through the winter.
But our new toy is quite different than the old gaming machines I used 20 years ago!
The most exciting thing we are using our Xbox for is movie watching. We watch a lot of Netflix, and it’s so handy to be able to access it directly through the TV. And while this might sound strange, we actually don’t have a DVD player! I think we used to play DVD’s through our computers, so we never had one hooked directly to the television itself. Now we can just pop one in and go. Much easier!
In addition to the action and adventure games that one typically associated with video games, there are also many educational and fitness games available. I have a few different fitness games that I’m excited to start trying out during nap times. It’s good to have indoor workout options during the chilly, wet winter!
And last but not least, while we are a “non-gaming” family for now, I can definitely see looking for good educational and learning tools to use with Cullen as he gets older. We’re planning to be careful and slow with introducing him to technology, but we also accept that it’s going to be a big part of his life. Times are changing. I know we won’t be buying any violent or graphic games for him to play, but there are many other creative and educational outlets available, and I’m excited to learn more about them as he gets older.