Buying Video Games

Buying Video Games



Buying Video Games for a​ Gaming Tot
A Quick How To
Visit any video game outlet and you're bound to​ get overwhelmed by the​ hundreds of​ choices available - especially if​ you're new to​ gaming .​
Interestingly,​ children and teens seem to​ know their way around these places as​ if​ they were their second home .​
But for the​ adult,​ the​ typical video store looks like some sort of​ color paint explosion and sooner or​ later,​ all the​ games start to​ look the​ same .​
This guide is​ for the​ adult who's buying a​ game for a​ younger person perhaps as​ a​ birthday gift or​ as​ a​ bribe .​
Whatever the​ reason,​ you're going to​ appreciate the​ following tips.
1 .​
Research this strange phenomenon before setting foot inside a​ video store .​
There's plenty of​ information available about video games online,​ so to​ reduce frustration offline,​ fire up your web browser and do a​ little homework .​
Visit the​ website of​ the​ gaming outlet nearest you and then look for a​ link to​ the​ games section of​ the​ system that your youngster plays .​
Here's a​ helpful chart to​ explain what all those strange letters mean.
Wii = Nintendo's Wii System
EA Sports = Entertainment Arts System
PS3 = Playstation 3 System
XBOX 360 = Microsoft's XBOX 360 System
PC = Personal Computer
PS2 = Playstation 2 System
PSP = Playstation Portable System
DS = Nintendo's DS System
The key is​ to​ locate the​ system on​ the​ store's website first .​
The system,​ it's accessories,​ and all of​ the​ games that work on​ that system will follow .​
If not,​ you may need to​ use the​ website's internal search engine.
2 .​
After locating the​ appropriate games section for your youngster's machine,​ check out the​ ratings of​ each game and create a​ temporary shopping list of​ age appropriate material .​
The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) gives each game a​ rating in​ an​ effort to​ inform parents what their children are playing .​
Here's a​ handy reference to​ what the​ ratings mean:
C = Appropriate for Early childhood
E = Appropriate for Everyone
E 10+ = Appropriate for Everyone aged 10 and older
T = Appropriate for Teens
M = Appropriate for Mature Adults
3 .​
Within your temporary shopping list,​ try find a​ game that's built from the​ latest movie release .​
Little people love the​ new animated movies put out by Disney and Pixar,​ and they really enjoy re-living precious moments in​ the​ movie in​ a​ video game .​
That's why when these movies come out on​ DVD,​ their producers put a​ few games in​ the​ Special Features section of​ the​ CDs.
4 .​
If you can't find a​ game that's built from a​ movie that the​ child likes,​ try to​ find a​ game that centers around a​ popular cartoon character or​ one that attempts to​ educate.
5 .​
If you still can't find one that resembles something that you've heard this particular person rambling on​ about,​ first give yourself a​ slight slap on​ the​ hand .​
You should pay better attention .​
Then point your browser to​ the​ nearest Blockbuster or​ Hollywood Video website .​
Follow the​ same procedure outlined in​ steps 1 - 3 only this time,​ elect to​ rent 5 or​ 6 games that look appealing .​
This will give your tot a​ chance to​ play some games and select one to​ keep forever while you return the​ others.
6 .​
If on​ the​ other hand,​ you did find a​ game in​ step 3 or​ 4,​ you can either check out online,​ or​ drive up to​ the​ store and buy it​ there.
They say you can't judge a​ book by its cover,​ but the​ illustrations on​ the​ both video and pc game cases do a​ pretty good job of​ representing the​ game's content .​
So if​ you see an​ illustration of​ fighting warriors,​ chances are the​ game will be more violent than you prefer .​
If on​ the​ other hand,​ you see an​ illustration that resembles what you'd see on​ the​ cover of​ an​ interesting children's book,​ the​ game should be age appropriate.




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