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Consoles such as Xbox and PlayStation are being misinterpreted by parents on how they are bad and wrong. They are not bad, its the user that makes them bad, all the user needs is a little control. My chosen console is Xbox.
Video games don’t make us violent, lag does!
What are consoles?
Lets start with the basics, consoles, video games and computer games are the same thing, just in different forms. Consoles, as I call them, consists of; a controller, wires and a box, which is the console, you have to provide a TV and seating area unless you want to stand up. Instructions come in the box on how to install the console and plug the wires into the TV. After you have plugged it all in you are ready to play. Wait, you need to buy games first. Games are disc’s that run the video effects that appear on the screen. You can also buy games online, but that takes up lots of useful space on your hard drive. To play online you would need access to the internet on your console which is also explained in the instructions or on the companies website. Commence gaming.
Video games are make my child violent what should I do?
To start off this paragraph, video games do not make us violent. Violence is a form of anger and stress and what video games are meant to do is to relieve that anger and stress on something that will not effect the users future. If your child is becoming violent limit their time on the console or discipline them, remember the saying “You have to be cruel to be kind”. Addiction to video games is common you just have to bring your child back in to reality, tell them to do chores, ask them to take the dog for a walk, watch a program with them or find some common ground. With me, I had a ban every time I had to be reminded to do that job or chore and I would not be allowed on the console until the next day, keep up with that technique and your child will never miss a homework or chore, let it slip away there is no way they will listen. You have to hit down hard and fast, before they become dependant on the console.
What do you mean by “lag”?
Lag is a common word used by children sometimes for the wrong reason. Lag is when an action appears on the screen a few seconds after the button is pressed. There is always going to be delay between doing the action and it appearing on the screen that is normal, lag is when you do the action and the action is not done for a few more seconds longer than average. This is mainly due to internet buffer. FPS or frames per second drop is different kind of annoyance that irritates the user. FPS is the frames on the screen and how fast they appear, the average is 30 frames a second which is good, higher is great, lower is bad and the game needs a little tweak if it carries on. If the frames drop and do not go back up you need to get help to improve it. It may be your settings and it may be your device you are using.
Next generation new consoles mean new networks
Xbox One and PS4 are now running on different networks or software to its older generation, which means new console new games. Xbox one games are £40 or more and the same goes for PS4 games, so all the old games you have bought your children are useless. To socialise with friends that have Xbox one’s you would have to go out and meet them, if you had a Xbox 360. However, you can still be friends with them just you cannot speak to them or hear them which makes it pointless to be online friends with them.
Why buy a Xbox One or a PS4?
Xbox One’s and PS4 are two different next generation consoles on two new networks. Networks are used to link two or more devices to each other, most devices have specific networks like Vodafone, ect. Xbox One’s have a different network to Xbox 360’s because of its out of date software and so that they can make more money. There is conflicted between Xbox One and PS4 because they are owned by two different multimillion companies Microsoft and Sony. Microsoft always think big and they mainly specify is software hence the word “soft” in their name where as Sony are more televisions, monitors and other electrical devices. Joint together they could create a super console, but there is too much to loose between both companies also would they be able to decide on a name? In my opinion, you are spending too much for an Xbox One when you have already invested most of your money on your console games on the old generation. PS4 on the other hand, I have never had a PS3 or PS4, but from what I have heard PS4 is the most chosen next generation console from my friend group even though they have kept their Xbox 360’s and their games. In a way what I am trying to say is to either keep or buy an Xbox 360 due to its affordability and its good reputation. You have to pay for online but with the other console you would have to is well so it is no difference. PS3 is good is well but for me its Xbox 360, but that’s my opinion.