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So we are almost ready for winter break and all I can say is- HALLELUJAH- do a little jig and yes admit that I am so very happy school will be out of session. I can say with all certainty that my two kids share my enthusiasm and that the gift of childhood is completely not lost on them.
I have to admit that I have never been a video game aficionado but my 12 year old son can play for hours on many different types of devices like his phone, tablets and on a big TV screen. So of course I thought playing games on the the Xbox One S edition from Microsoft would simply be another toy that my son would try and play for a few days and then go on to the next game. But when I saw the INSANELY awesome 3D definition that this game had I was taken in and found myself asking him when I could take over with the great wireless controller! We played and took turns for a few hours and when my 16 daughter came home she also wouldn’t give up the control when she had it. The truth is we have officially become a gaming family and keep reading for reasons why gaming gets my mom seal of approval!
#1 We get to play games like Super Lucky’s Tale that BOND US!
The truth is- there is nothing like an endearing game to encourage quality time between parent and their kids and Super Lucky’s Tale is a delightful journey filled with endearing characters that will do just that. Lucky must confront the nefarious Kitty Litter, Jinx’s mischievous kids – self-taught villains who might not be getting Jinx’s plans quite right. Lucky meets friends and allies along the way too. He meets misplaced Yetis, Kooky Spookies, a village of farming worms, and other colorful friends inhabiting the Book of Ages.
But it is not just a great narrative– playing this game with your kids the two of you will face unpredictable challenges and situations as Lucky’s story unfolds. With Super Lucky’s Tale you and your kidlets will test your skills with carnival attraction mini-games and nerve-wracking hot air balloon obstacle courses. Plus, surprise “Jinx Levels” popping up when you least expect them, drawing Lucky into a fiendish game of life and death. Explore hidden secrets of new worlds with Lucky’s signature burrow move. Dive into unpredictable foxholes, or try devilish side scrolling challenge levels to unlock additional rewards.
Some other features of Super Lucky’s Tale– it Supports Xbox Play Anywhere. Pick up where you left off on another Xbox One device or Windows 10 PC, bringing all your saves, game add-ons, and achievements with you and it comes with a not too shabby retail price of $29.99.
#2 Gaming is an adventure players of all ages and skill levels can enjoy. Head back to the era of classic platformers with challenges players of all skill levels and all ages can enjoy. It is so easy to set up! In a bold new color, robot white, Xbox One S is 40 percent smaller and has an internal power supply, enabling it to be placed in more locations – horizontal or vertical orientation capable (with the console stand). Or, if you’re looking for a pop color, pick up a special edition Xbox One S bundle. (You can check out all the bundles they have available which are customized here ) I know when it comes to tech and gadgets I am a little resistant and usually break out into a cold sweat when we have to hook up a new component to our video system but the Xbox One S was up and running in less than ten minutes and we were playing and it was easy to fit into our already crowded entertainment center.
#2 Games are rated and there are plenty of parental controls at your disposal! As a concerned parent I am glad that Xbox games are all rated by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Review Board) so I can feel confident in the content my kids are playing with. I try to keep the kids away from the most violent and sexual content so I was so pleased that is rated E for everyone
#3 Gaming equals Good family fun and nothing to make me feel like I am being a bad parent.
Microsoft offers a wide variety of advanced parental control features that are deeply integrated across Windows 10 and Xbox One, which allow for higher levels of customization. On Windows 10 and Xbox One, you can determine and limit your child’s access to games, movies, TV shows, music, and online interaction based on the content’s rating and your child’s age. You can manage all your family settings in one place at here . See the settings for each child in your family, and make changes to their settings online
#3 It is not just a game console but it is also an entertainment hub! Our kids love to binge watch shows and what is funny is that some of the shows are the ones my husband and I watched over months and years. Yet our kids can watch the entire series of eight or nine year shows in short periods! Another perk with the Xbox One S is that you can watch Blu-ray movies and stream video on it including content from partners like Netflix and Hulu.
#4 It is GREAT for moms too. After the kids go to bed; adults can enjoy games on Xbox One and Windows 10 that are meant for older audiences, including “Gears of War 4” and “Dead Rising 4.” And Technology wise it can’t be beat! With four times the resolution of standard HD, 4K Ultra HD delivers the clearest, most realistic video possible. The clarity on the screen and the sound is pitch perfect- with great graphics.
#5 Finally a gaming system that bridges the generation gap and helps my kids connect to their family members who live far way! Xbox Live unites gamers across Xbox One and Windows 10, so you can play with friends, family and connect with a massive community of players. When you digitally purchase a game that supports Xbox Play Anywhere, you have access to the game on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs for one price and your progress, game saves and achievements are shared seamlessly across both platforms – made possible by Xbox Live.
So are you ready to make gaming a part of your family experience?