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    My kids are 10, 7 and 3.The youngest isn't quite old enough to use our existing consoles (Xbox and PS2) but his big brothers are becoming pretty good....

    We have (I think) already excluded the PS3 from the equation - I know some say you get a lot for the money, but £300....not too bothered about bluray (we'd never get our turn anyway.....).

    So, Xbox 360 or Wii?

    Xbox 360 is cheaper (though I believe there wil be extra stuff to buy?). I thinksome places are selling it for £129 including a game.

    Wii is more costly (looks fun though).

    Some info as to the basic capabilities of each console, upgradeability (and cost thereof) would be handy.

    Bearing in mind the one we choose will need to have a range of games suitable for all ages (mostly kids, but I'm not averse to the odd session of wanton destruction),which would you recommend and why?

    Oh, and pointers towards the best deals on offer at the moment would be helpful.

    Basically, Santa is a bit out of touch and needs a helping hand.....

    Cheers

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    yo marty , i have an xbox and am a HUGE fan , i use it daily online and off but.... i have to say , given the age of your little uns it has to be the wii . the xbox is generally aimed at the older market and the games reflect this there is a wealth of shooting / war / srvival horror games but not so many kids / party games and what there is , i think is done better on the wii

    so there,s my tuppence



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    As a console to be used by all ages, I agree, Wii is the one to go for. There are loads of games aimed at all ages - you don't get the graphics of the xbox, but we find it's a much more sociable experience to go bowling etc, and not sit in a darkened room shooting stuff...

    Accessories get expensive though. You really need an extra controller at a minimum (£30-odd), and the WiiFit is another £70 if you can find one.

    You can also attach a wireless keyboard and browse the web, read the news/weather etc. via wi-fi

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    I agree with Batman/Aphex Twin.

    I have an Xbox 360 and very much enjoy the games (tend to be first person shooters, sports sims and driving games)which are certainly aimed towards the older gamer.

    Pro-Evo Soccer 2009 and Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 are proving to be great fun at the moment....
    Eats, shoots and leaves...

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    Thanks chaps. All things being equal,I might be tempted by the Wii, but it is more expensive (and all those extra doodads - steering wheels, fit boards etc, will put the cost up even more). The graphics aren't that great either (not that I'm an expert).

    The selection of available games is a factor, but tbh, my two eldest mostly play sports simulations and stuff like Star Wars lego, so maybe not too much of an issue. The youngest tends to play cbeebies stuff on the web.

    Amazon are currently offering the 60gb 360 with wireless pack (extra wireless controller plus Lego Indiana Jones and Kung Fu Panda) plus the new Pinata game and free HDMI lead for less than £200, which looks good.....

    The clincher might be that we have quite a few xbox games - are these playable on a 360?

    Deals on the Wii don't seem nearly as generous.

    Santa has some decisions to make.

    Cheers

    Martin

    PS I seem to remember reading that the original xbox can be used in a music/streaming context - how does that work?
    I used to make it all up as I went along, but these days I can't be arsed.

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    My kids are 9 (boy one) and 10 (girl one) and I have just got them a wii but they have the older style xbox which is still used to much in my book.

    With the wii at least they will by active as apposed to just sitting.

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    Buy them some chickens and have done -then they'll be outside all the time hypnotizing them (No really!) and teaching them to do mad stuff leaving you alone in the house to listen to tunes.


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    Just brought a wii off dixons online for xmas.

    There doing about the best deals we could find.

    Would have prefered ps3 for my golf games but had to think of the kids.

    Had a quick go the other day and it looks pretty good.

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    Stupinder wrote:
    Buy them some chickens and have done -then they'll be outside all the time hypnotizing them (No really!) and teaching them to do mad stuff leaving you alone in the house to listen to tunes.
    Ilike that idea.

    Eggs andentertainment.

    And it would REALLY upset the neighbours.

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    The Gadget Show Today on Fiver from 20:00 to 21:00

    Christmas Special Jason Bradbury spends a virtual Christmas Day playing with the Microsoft Xbox 360. Might be worth a watch.

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    We have both a 360 and a Wii. My 8 Year old prefers the Wii by a country mile, and TBH as a family we find the Wii to be far more fun. The Xbox is only used for driving sims now and not much else. Sure the graphics are great, but the Wii is much more entertaining.

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    Hawk wrote:
    We have both a 360 and a Wii. My 8 Year old prefers the Wii by a country mile, and TBH as a family we find the Wii to be far more fun. The Xbox is only used for driving sims now and not much else. Sure the graphics are great, but the Wii is much more entertaining.
    personally i find wii,s to be the devils work when it comes to gaming but as previously stated for horaces clan they would be ideal.

    xbox 360for serious gamers

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    batman wrote:
    Hawk wrote:
    We have both a 360 and a Wii. My 8 Year old prefers the Wii by a country mile, and TBH as a family we find the Wii to be far more fun. The Xbox is only used for driving sims now and not much else. Sure the graphics are great, but the Wii is much more entertaining.
    personally i find wii,s to be the devils work when it comes to gaming but as previously stated for horaces clan they would be ideal.

    xbox 360for serious gamers
    My vote goes to the Wii.

    And serious gamers play on boxes they've put together themselves
    Boys and their toys that make noise.

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    Bryfiero wrote:
    batman wrote:
    Hawk wrote:
    We have both a 360 and a Wii. My 8 Year old prefers the Wii by a country mile, and TBH as a family we find the Wii to be far more fun. The Xbox is only used for driving sims now and not much else. Sure the graphics are great, but the Wii is much more entertaining.
    personally i find wii,s to be the devils work when it comes to gaming but as previously stated for horaces clan they would be ideal.

    xbox 360for serious gamers
    My vote goes to the Wii.

    And serious gamers play on boxes they've put together themselves
    no , their called GEEKS

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    Touche'




    Boys and their toys that make noise.

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    PS3 for solo serious games.

    Wii for fun, social gaming, whole family.

    Sports that comes with it is great. Easy to play, but a good skill build.

    I have both the above but the PS3 is for media, the Wii for playing. It is great fun and IMO the games keep you going back longer, partly because it isn't just for nerds - you can have fun playing with family and friends. Even grandma can play!

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    As has been said, Wii is a fine machine/package for sociable fun shared games if you haven't a 89p football.

    I sold our Wii/our 4 games yesterday as we shall never use it again/money is better sent to Blue Peter 'Mission Nutrition'.

    For serious solo gaming not taking up e.g. family tellie etc any other m/c if it works is great if it plays the game you want to play/you have suitable personal display.
    'Sometimes via the senses, mostly in the mind' (or pocket)...

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    Chumpy wrote:
    As has been said, Wii is a fine machine/package for sociable fun shared games if you haven't a 89p football.
    Not a chance on earth I'd let anyone (especially while drinking) kick a football around in my front room where I have my hi-fi and speakers.......

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    After recent tests I can confirm that people/Wii remotes/Nun-(lots of)-chucks/MarioKart steering-wheels/ cigars/pipes/pint mugs/champagne glasses etc are more likely to impinge physically on TV-audio etc than is nice light footie-balloon.

    Wii is too much fun/too nice/has too many nice family-'casual' (all of which are mostly overpriced) games.
    'Sometimes via the senses, mostly in the mind' (or pocket)...

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