It's that time of year again. Moms and Dads are running around like crazy trying to find the latest and greatest for their kids. Video games and Video Game Systems are always right at the top of the lists. Am I wrong?
My kids ask for something "video game" related every.single.year.
Luckily we have a 36 year old video game pro in the house. (Daddy) If it connects to the back of a tv and comes with a controller.....he knows about it.
A big game title such as Call of Duty Black Ops? He stood in line for it @ 12 midnight while I was fast asleep.
The New Kinect for Xbox 360? Pre-ordered and stalked the store until they gave it to him a few hours early.
Let's talk about Kinect....
I have been asked "Which should we buy, Kinect or the Nintendo Wii?"
Since we have both I figured I would give you my opinion.
The Wii is great. I happen to enjoy it a lot. Of course, I grew up on the Super Nintendo though.
Mario was my favorite!
The Wii is aimed towards the children and dare I say ....."older folks".
The Xbox 360 is aimed towards teens and adults (AHEM grown men!)
*Yes, I know some ladies too! I'm just thinking of my own household here.
Yes, the Wii has Wii Sports and all the exercise programs BUT you have to use the wii-remotes.
Kinect has Sports games, Exercise programs and Dance Central (my favorite). NO REMOTES needed.
You don't even need a special step board for their exercise programs/games.
You play with your whole body!
Kinect is like something out of one of those Sci-Fi movies. It really is neat. You can control it's options with your voice and a swipe of the hand.
There is also options available for video chat. (Of course, your friends/family must have Kinect also for this to work.)
Enjoy HD movies, music and sports through Xbox LIVE without any extra accessories. Just use a wave of your hand or the sound of your voice to enjoy 3,500 games on ESPN, HD movies through Zune, streaming music from Last.fm.
I prefer Kinect over the Nintendo Wii.
Main Reason: No pesky remotes to deal with.
It gets you OFF THE COUCH and IN THE ACTION!
You actually feel like you are a part of the game.
Video Chat....Excellent device!
Don't take my word though. Get to your local video game store and try it out for yourself.
Please note: You will need the Xbox 360 in order to play Kinect. They are sold separately if you already own the system. If not, you can buy a bundle pack.
Here is a video that my husband did on Kinect when we first purchased.
I was NOT compensated for this review. Every video game/system mentioned above was purchased by my family. The opinions above are entirely my own. I just thought someone would benefit from this information before making their purchase.