game console advice wanted
Father Christmas is getting my eight-year-old daughter and me a game console for Christmas. I’m helping him along by, uh, choosing, ordering and paying for the item. Since I’ve never really used consoles I’m floundering a little. I’m going to the states next week so I thought I’d take advantage of the low dollar, order it online and get it delivered there.
How does this sound for a shopping list, gamers?
- X-box holiday pack. The bundled games sound boring, but two months of the online gaming stuff might be fun. And people tell me X-box is best, despite the taint of Microsoft.
- Quidditch for my daughter. She says she wants this. It exists for Xbox, but not at Amazon, so maybe I should find another store.
- Grand Theft Auto and Fable for me.
- Will I need a second controller?
- Wireless adaptor. Since there’s online stuff and I’d need a really long ethernet cable. But no, not for $109.
Am I missing anything? Any suggestions for good games for an eight year old and a thirty-three year old? We both like card games and stories and dancing. She loves Harry Potter and Amber Brown and Kurt and gymnastics and climbing and dancing and pretending and Ludo and Yahtzee and any board game, really, and jigsaw puzzles. I love narratives and interesting ways of interacting and relating to a fictional world or fictional characters and the Sims and Sim City and Myst and Riven, and no, I’ve not played many games in the last few years. I hate it when I get stuck in a game because I can’t figure out what comes next, or because it requires lots of practice and dexterity. I was thinking one of those physical games, maybe, Dance Dance Revolution or something, but goodness it’s hard figuring out exactly what you need to play it (dance mats? online? which version?) online. Suggestions would be much appreciated.
(Psst! Don’t tell my daughter! And no, she doesn’t read my weblog. Yet.)