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X Box 360 or Sony Playstation?
At home in NC | 11/23/2011 | killermosquito

Posted on 11/23/2011 3:56:54 AM PST by killermosquito

My son spends more time at his friends than at home because of his love for video gaming. We would like to see more of him and wonder what freepers think. So lets have a Free Republic X Box versus Playstation smackdown. What are you suggestions?


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Kinnect seems cool but I know that the Playstation has free online gaming. And I know Sony lost a ton of user data due to hacking. Freepers give the best tech advice so I'm anxious to have your opinions and suggestions.
1 posted on 11/23/2011 3:56:56 AM PST by killermosquito
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To: killermosquito

....what does his megathumb Buddie use?


2 posted on 11/23/2011 3:58:53 AM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: killermosquito

All I know is that X-box has more graphically violent M-rated games than Playstation. I’d go with X-box, unless he’s under 14 and too young to get into that stuff.


3 posted on 11/23/2011 4:02:07 AM PST by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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I’d say PS3. More good game exclusives, slightly better graphics, blue-ray player and free online play. The Ps3 has a better record for not turning into a brick as well.


4 posted on 11/23/2011 4:09:20 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: killermosquito
Tell him to stay home and deal with it.

Spend more time as a family, playing card games, or boggle, or scrabble, monopoly.

5 posted on 11/23/2011 4:10:18 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

Enough! Please stop telling other people how to raise their kids!


6 posted on 11/23/2011 4:14:19 AM PST by eccentric (a.k.a. baldwidow)
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To: killermosquito

Gears of War is the best game series of all time, in my opinion, and it’s an XBox exclusive. The Halo series was XBox exclusive as well. I cannot think of a similarly impressive game or series that was PS3 exclusive. XBox Live, even though it is a pay service, is an awesome service for online gaming. I have both PS3 and XBox, and I do like the Blu-Ray player on the PS3, but for online gaming, the XBox is better, IMO.


7 posted on 11/23/2011 4:19:10 AM PST by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: killermosquito

As you have already indicated, video games are an avenue of social interaction for your child’s generation, which includes online/multiplayer games.

Although hard-core gamers may argue the finer points of graphics, franchises, exclusive content, etc. the fact remains that many game titles are chosen because of their ‘play against friends’ capability. For this reason, the X-Box is the way to go.


8 posted on 11/23/2011 4:24:18 AM PST by relictele (Unions: organized crime with better PR)
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To: killermosquito

Long time PS2. I just have to get my thrills a little later than everyone else. Much cheaper though. I guess if it has wheels and a racing motor, I like to drive it.


9 posted on 11/23/2011 4:26:56 AM PST by wita
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To: killermosquito

We have 2 of each. Since the Sony break-in, we switched exclusively to XBOX. We opt to use a point system so our credit card info is not stored. By and large the games play the same, the PlayStation gives a slightly lighter touch than the XBox (Comparing Burnout Paradise on both platforms), and only slightly better rendering quality. The XBox is a lot more restrictive in terms of connectivity, and they or our ISP recently made changes in which it was impossible to sustain a connection to the games marketplace. However, we got free tech advice from Microsoft, changed some of our router settings (same settings worked perfectly before) and now everything is golden.


10 posted on 11/23/2011 4:27:28 AM PST by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: ShadowAce
We all like going for long walks in the woods, forest preserves around Chicago area. Watching the squirrels, birds, deer, watching the seasons change. What is nice about walking a few hours a few times a week - nothing to do but talk to each other. No music, tv, games, entertainment etc, just each other. No competition, just togetherness. Bikes, tennis etc even though you are together you are really isolated in these activities, not really together with your children talking with them.

Deu 6:5 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Deu 6:6 “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.

Deu 6:7 “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

Deu 11:19 “You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.

12 posted on 11/23/2011 4:35:32 AM PST by Esther Ruth
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To: killermosquito

I think I would choose the Reallife 100.


13 posted on 11/23/2011 4:36:55 AM PST by Jonty30 (If a person won't learn under the best of times, than he must learn under the worst of times.)
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To: RightFighter
Gears of War is the best game series of all time, in my opinion, and it’s an XBox exclusive.

I only have the original XBox, not the 360. Can all three Gears be played on it or does one have to have the new XBox 360?

I have the same question for Halo.......FWIW, I've had the XBox since about 2007 and the only games I've played on it are Halo 1 and 2..........

14 posted on 11/23/2011 4:39:15 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (ue)
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To: killermosquito

It depends on what games his friends are playing, especially if they are online. We have both, the PS3 sits, XBOX is what they all play right now.


15 posted on 11/23/2011 4:41:39 AM PST by opentalk
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To: killermosquito

i prefer the xbox 360. among other reasons, i chose it because i didn’t care about blu-ray, and most of my friends have that system.
i’d suggest getting whichever one more of his friends have so he can swap games and play online with them.


16 posted on 11/23/2011 4:45:06 AM PST by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: bigdirty

I want the PS3 game Battle vs Chess.
Currently it cannot be sold in the U.S. - under litigation

I can purchase it on Amazon.de ( Amazon in Germany )

Will a PS3 game bought in Europe work in the USA ?

I know there are region codes for dvds.
Are there region codes for video games too?

thanks for any help


17 posted on 11/23/2011 4:52:09 AM PST by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: killermosquito

This morning I found FOUR cd’s stuck in the PS3.

I need to do a better job at babysitting.


18 posted on 11/23/2011 4:52:20 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (For years the Left protested "the occupation of Iraq"- now they want to "Occupy" all across the US)
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To: killermosquito
For games alone, the Xbox 360 is the best. It has by far more exclusives than the PS3 (in fact, once exclusive games like Final Fantasy and GTA have jumped ship to the Xbox), more games for the system, and comes with a three year warranty. The PlayStation 3 does play blu-rays, though you can always buy a blu-ray player separately. However, both systems are Netflix-enabled, so for a few dollars a month, you can stream HD video on either one.
19 posted on 11/23/2011 4:53:13 AM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: killermosquito

XBox 360 is far superior for online play


20 posted on 11/23/2011 4:54:55 AM PST by ArmedConservative (Visualize No Liberals!)
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To: killermosquito

PS3. blue ray...wireless.. access to streaming video ..netflix, etc Don’t play too many games Tiger golf, shooter games..

Best Christmas gift we ever got for ourselves.


21 posted on 11/23/2011 5:00:01 AM PST by y6162
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To: killermosquito

Another option (not sure how feasible, mind you) is to get a Wii instead. It doesn’t have all of the latest and greatest pixel-pushers, but it has some good games for teens, plus a lot of games for the whole family to play together, Netflix streaming, etc.

Barring that, I’d probably go with the Xbox, if only for Kinect — if they’re gonna play video games, make them “active” games (and some chance of a workout for the parents, too!)


22 posted on 11/23/2011 5:06:58 AM PST by kevkrom (Separation of Business and State)
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To: killermosquito

Xbox live requires a monthly fee, playstation does not.


23 posted on 11/23/2011 5:10:27 AM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: killermosquito
With 4 boys (three out of the house) I have used both systems. I have had 2 xbox 360s and both burned out in less than a year. XBOX (microsoft) charges for online play and keeps on charging automatically.

PS3 had the system for two years no problem. No charges for online play, I had no data hacked eitther.

I would go with the PS3

24 posted on 11/23/2011 5:17:24 AM PST by Ratman83
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To: Peter from Rutland

XBox 360 is good for shooter games, and Playstation 3 is good sports games and God Of War 3. The controllers for the Playstation 3, in my experience, aren’t as good as the XBox 360 controller. For the XBox, the games I mostly play are the Call of Duty games. I’m looking to get Battlefield 3 for it as well. True the Playstation network is free, and Xbox Live Gold membership is $60 a year, but sometimes the old saying holds true “You get what you pay for!”.


25 posted on 11/23/2011 5:21:01 AM PST by Conservative_Jedi (Give me Liberty or give me Death!!)
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To: killermosquito

If XBOX has corrected some of the flaws of its earlier models, then I’d say choose it. My Son has one, and it crapped out with the infamous blinking red light. Just outside of the warranty period, so it would be close to $300 to get it fixed.

Google XBOX and flashing red light for more info. There have been a lot of boxes with this issue.


26 posted on 11/23/2011 5:30:37 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: killermosquito

the move by Sony is pretty neat, My son loves the volleyball game...:)
I had an original xbox and now a ps3, while i miss playing HALO the PS3 is way better IMO... havent had any probs with it...I bought a 360, got the RRD the first day!! took it back and got the PS3... :)


27 posted on 11/23/2011 5:37:41 AM PST by wyowolf
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To: Peter from Rutland

Which gives the X-Box a very simple but effective means of staving off trolls that frequently ruin online games.


28 posted on 11/23/2011 5:45:49 AM PST by relictele (Unions: organized crime with better PR)
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To: killermosquito
As Doogle pointed out, you should find out what system and games his buddies are using. He'd need to be on a compatible system for online gaming.

With that said, you might see your son more but interaction with him might will be a whole other challenge when he's online.

29 posted on 11/23/2011 5:49:50 AM PST by kaboom
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To: killermosquito
Having owned and used every major console system since the PS1...

Xbox 360. Better games, better system (with the exception of lacking a blu-ray player), vastly better online system (Xbox Live), and even costs a bit less than a PS3. Throw in Kinect, better controllers, and the fact that PSN has been hacked twice this year alone. No contest.

30 posted on 11/23/2011 5:50:22 AM PST by DesertSapper (Inna-gadda-da-vida!)
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To: killermosquito
No, Xbox does NOT require a fee to play. The fee is for Xbox live which is to play online with others, otherwise to play alone or with others at home does not require an extra fee. Sony did have a problem with their accounts getting hacked and play station network was down for a long time as people lost personal info.

The most important thing to do is FIRST look at the available games for each console. Many are the same, but there are notable exceptions. The general rule of thumb is to choose the console whose games best reflect your playing interest. Kinect is considered a joke by serious gamers, but it is well liked by casual gamers. It appealed to the Wii crowd of casual party gamers, but if you play shooters, role playing games, or even sports it is not as efficient as the controller.

The difference in graphics between the two is marginal and not really a factor. I think the Xbox controller feels better in the hand, the ps controller always appeared to be undeveloped from the previous generation. So spend some time just holding the controller.

31 posted on 11/23/2011 5:54:09 AM PST by Bull Man
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To: killermosquito

See what his friends have, and get that one. Thats the main thing really. Its all online and stuff. needs to run the same games.


32 posted on 11/23/2011 6:24:49 AM PST by Paradox (The rich SHOULD be paying more taxes, and they WOULD, if they could make more money.)
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To: killermosquito

Get the 360 with the 250g hard drive, I have also the Kinect, its great for those that actually want to get off their butts and move around, if you have any younger children get the Kinectimals, my son who is 17 plays that and loves it but wimps out on the sports games. I like the sports games like boxing and discus and javelin.

But both of us are total Halo gamers, we just finished for about the 50th time the very first Halo:Combat Evolved, they re-released it with upgraded graphic, sounds and more dialogue. Absolutely awesome!

Yes the 360 wireless controllers are great, but they have the best games like Gears of War and all the Halo games.

About the Kinect, its quite groundbreaking and future games like a Star Wars lightsaber duels will be interactive, many say its lightyears better than the Wii. And just buying a console because it has Bluray is moot when you can get a non 3-D version pretty cheap separately.


33 posted on 11/23/2011 6:35:52 AM PST by Eye of Unk (E-Cat is the future, unless we want to live in the past.)
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To: killermosquito

There is no path that reason can illuminate for you to travel. Forwards you shall go into the mystery.


34 posted on 11/23/2011 6:39:12 AM PST by Wild Berry
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To: killermosquito
OK, I recommend XBOX, it's more common and the social network, even though it costs, is highly developed and my son has kept in touch with family and friends all over the USA through it. He chats with his cousins and friends regularly over 1,500 miles away. It's like they're next door.

Also, this weekend they are having killer deals accessible ONLINE, so no going to the store.

I am providing a link to a Black Friday special ad

BIG THING: This special I'm including has a "Buy 2 get 1 FREE" special for used games, regardless of what platform you buy. It is also available online, for your convenience, safety and sanity.

I'll check this thread later, if you are interested, I will give you a list of the best, most popular used games. The new ones are fantastic, but since you are starting, there is a treasure trove of used games for the "buy 2 get 1 free" deal. You could save over $100 per purchase via this route.

Ask your son what he plays at his friends house mostly, that will guide you on what direction to take. If you can deal with "used", the game systems can be bought with an in store replacement policy.

Cheers and all the best, may this be the toughest dilemma you face this year - lol!

35 posted on 11/23/2011 6:42:37 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: killermosquito

I think the PS3 is the superior machine. I prefer the free PS3 online game play. I prefer the the Blu-Ray player in the PS3 over the DVD in the Xbox 360.

However, my boys and their friends disagree, they all use and play Xbox 360 games and that is what we own. It turns out that my opinion is not that important to teens. Go Figure.

I have offered to buy the boys a PS3 the last 2 years and they have told me not to bother.


36 posted on 11/23/2011 6:56:19 AM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: Hot Tabasco

They don’t make the Gears games or the more current Halo titles for the original XBox. XBox 360 only.


37 posted on 11/23/2011 6:57:37 AM PST by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: killermosquito

xbox

motion sensing

audio command

us company...


38 posted on 11/23/2011 7:00:58 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Eye of Unk; Bull Man; DesertSapper; Conservative_Jedi; ArmedConservative; therightliveswithus; ...
Pinging people to #35 for the "buy 2 get 1 free" promo in post #35.

I'd ping everyone but I keyed on XBox or 360. ANYONE can get something out of the Black Friday deals above and it's online, too.

Cheers!

Also, for the folks saying "Try reality", we do. We've explored more of Arizona in the time we've been here that many people who've lived here 5 times as long. We've made a point to get the kids to fall in love with this state by seeing as many amazing things it has to offer as possible.

We explored ancient Indian ruins, discovered settlements that aren't recorded (finding old Indian morter holes that aren't documented is pretty darn cool, too!) Explored the multiple hot springs pouring into the Colorado river and discovered the source of the springs in the West Fork (Trail 108.) We LOVE this place...it's AMAZING!

But we also like "to game". So we enjoy both worlds together...

39 posted on 11/23/2011 7:01:46 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: reagan_fanatic

The last two generations of Xbox 360 have been pretty reliable.


40 posted on 11/23/2011 7:03:34 AM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: Hot Tabasco
I only have the original XBox, not the 360. Can all three Gears be played on it or does one have to have the new XBox 360?

Not sure about Gears of War, but a quick search at Amazon shows only 360 for all three versions. As far as Halo goes; Halo: Combat Evolved (first game) and Halo 2 are XBox, everything after Halo 2 is 360 only.

41 posted on 11/23/2011 7:04:20 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: reagan_fanatic

they were fixing them even outside of warrenty due to a defect with the originals. I believe that issue is resolved.

It would not change my recomendation to buy the xbox.


42 posted on 11/23/2011 7:06:01 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: wita
I'm still on the original playstation! I play High Heat baseball while working out on the x-iser stepper. My Yankees are 30-7 (I edited the team so my lineup includes Ruth, Gehrig, Reggie, DiMaggio, etc.) Still gotta add Thurman Munson, and fill out my bench and bullpen. ha!

Time to go work out...rubber game against the Chisox!

43 posted on 11/23/2011 7:06:40 AM PST by Huck (LIBERTY is the object.)
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To: killermosquito

Actually, I have found it odd that you would buy a video game and processor when a perfectly good (possibly great) rifle can be had for a lot less money.

91/30 Moisin-Nagant 99.00 - 150.00
1,000 rnds ammo 150.00

Many, many hours of fun practicing shooting the zombies in the head at the rifle range. And then you can teach him to reload with about 60 bucks of equipment.

(just a note to parents to pass on to their children. AK-47s are much more accurate in the video games than they are in real life.)


44 posted on 11/23/2011 7:10:45 AM PST by buffaloguy
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To: killermosquito

The PS3 is by far the superior system technologically.

It is also the system with far more well rounded game types available. Go ahead, I challenge any XBOX fan to name me 1, just 1 platformer of note for the the system? A system now in its 6th year.. and still no platformer??

That said however, the 360 does have a bigger installed base, and as such, his friends are far more likely to have a 360 than a PS3.

The 360 however is basically a game system for First Person Shooters and Driving Simulators. And in my mind, no young child should be playing a realistic first person shooter go read the studies of the effects of simply changing the targets from being bullseyes to human shape did to soldiers in WWI and tell me than young children should be playing those sorts of games. XBOX live integration is seemless, and its a solid system, NOW.. though typical microsoft released it with problems, then denied them for years, only to finally admit it far too late. Latest editions do not have the problems of earlier systems.

End of the day, if you are buying a system for your child to play with his friends on, you are basically going to have to go with whatever system his friends tend to have. If he is the only guy in his peer group with a PS3, he’s SOL to play online with his friends, same is true if he’s the only one with a XBOX360.

I wanted at PS3 when I decided to get my son a better game system a few years ago, alas his friends were all 360 owners, so he got a 360.

Oh, one more thing for the PS3, it is also a Blue Ray player, so if you don’t already have a Blue Ray, you can use that as a cost justification too. Blue Ray 75-200.. PS3 $250.

That’s my 2 cents worth.. have fun whatever you choose.


45 posted on 11/23/2011 7:23:54 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: IYAS9YAS

They just released an anniversary re-edition of the first Halo CE game for the 360, my son and I just played the whole thing through and its absolutely awesome, better graphics, sounds and more dialogue. Also extras can be found as well during the game. It was like playing a whole new game in some ways and running it on the latest 360 gave it better campaign mode performance.
It was selling for $39.97 or so at Walmart.


46 posted on 11/23/2011 7:25:12 AM PST by Eye of Unk (E-Cat is the future, unless we want to live in the past.)
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To: Caipirabob

Thanks for the ping. Appreciate it


47 posted on 11/23/2011 7:30:55 AM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: Eye of Unk
They just released an anniversary re-edition of the first Halo CE game for the 360

I saw that. I'll have to sneak that into the next budget bill...

48 posted on 11/23/2011 7:34:27 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: IYAS9YAS

I had more fun with a 10 year old upgraded game than the Gears of War 3 that just came out, it was good but entirely too predictable.


49 posted on 11/23/2011 7:36:33 AM PST by Eye of Unk (E-Cat is the future, unless we want to live in the past.)
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To: killermosquito

We got a Wii last year and use it very infrequently. I’ve been trying to decide between PS3 and Xbox myself. I know there is a new XBox being debuted in 2012 and available later in the year. I am leaning towards PS3 because my brother prefers it (he has both) and has dozens of games I could borrow. I’ve got elementary school aged kids and he thinks the PS3 game “Big World Little Planet” (or something like that) is just great for them.


50 posted on 11/23/2011 8:57:38 AM PST by philled (“If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!")
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