Console games are specifically a physical device that has a controller or joystick that you, the user use to manipulate the game itself. Technology in console games have evolved to where the games are now on a compact disc and the game comes through your television or computer screen.
If you are like many parents, your child has been nagging you for the latest and great console unit and game; but you do not want to spend that money on something that is just for your child and no one else. Console games are hotter than ever and contrary to popular belief, they are not just for adolescents.
Take Nintendo’s Wii games for example. With the Wii, the user, whether the user is child or adult, has to physically get up off the couch and move to play the game. The Wii has even released several weight loss and fitness console games to help not only children but also adults to get into shape. Nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities are also using Nintendo’s Wii console game to help their patients get up and moving again. If you are an adult and fitness really is not your priority, try other games such as Rock Band where you can fulfill your fantasy of being a rock star; or try cooking games to where you can be a gourmet chef. The possibilities are virtually endless to what you can play.
If you are purchasing a game for someone who already has, a console and you see all these codes E, T, MA, A/O, and do not know what they mean, maybe this will help. Console games come with a censorship rating that is determined by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board). E stands for Everyone; meaning just that. Everyone from two to one hundred and two can play this game. T stands for Teen; meaning that the game contains violence, language, or other content that is not appropriate for younger gamers. MA or M stands for Mature; meaning that the game is not suited for anyone under the age of 17. A/O stands for Adult Only; meaning that the game contains violence, obscene language, and\or nudity and sexual scenes and are only suited for adults. Please do not be spooked by all these ratings to remember. They are in place to keep you and your child safe.
These types of games have also gotten a ‘bad rap’ so to speak, about how kids are addicted to them; they are the cause of childhood obesity; and what have you. Nevertheless, in all actuality, console games are great for hand-eye coordination, cognitive skills, and in some case reflexes and fitness. Console games, as with anything else, should be enjoyed in moderation; limit activity to an hour or two, not excessive like five to eight straight hours of play. Think of it like coffee; one cup wakes you up whereas four or five cups of coffee has your heart racing and hands shaking. Console games are no different. One hour will help you get fit or help your child’s skills; whereas four or five straight hours hurts the muscles or can cause damage to your child’s eyes, hands, neck, and other areas.
Console games are a great thing to use on family game night. What better way to bring a family together than by playing a friendly game where mom can beat the daughter for the title of bowling champion or father and son d