Gaming: What to Expect to See in the Coming Years

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Gamer 13One of my favorite duties for Children’s Ministry
Magazine is working on Keeping Current, the section where we share
what’s new and popular in kids’ culture. Just because something is
trendy with kids doesn’t necessarily mean it represents the values
we want our kids to embrace. So, we always do our best to review
what’s new and share our take on it. My favorite category in
Keeping Current has to be video games. I grew up on video games,
and I’ve been able to help kids open up in church by starting a
conversation with them about gaming.

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the
annual showcase of what’s new and next in gaming, is going on this
week in Los Angeles, CA. To make sureI’m keeping current, I’ve been
watching the news for what will be hot in the upcoming years as far
as gaming goes. News and reports will still be trickling in over
the next few days, but for now, here’s a brief recap of what’s been
announced.

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Microsoft -At their press conference, Microsoft
provided more information about Xbox One, their newest console. Releasing
around November of this year and costing about $500, potential
restrictions on trading and sharing used games as well as the
requirement to be connected to the Internet as least once per day
have critics talking.

Along with the new console is Kinect 2, an update to the
motion-sensing device that puts you in the game. Reports say that
Kinect 2 will allow gamers to play with no lag between their
movement and their avatar’s movement. The best part is that Kinect
2 will be included with every Xbox One.

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Sony – As did Microsoft, Sony announced more
about their next-generation console, the PlayStation
4
. The PS4 will be released later this year and will retail for
around $400. It seems Sony is taking advantage of the critics’
questioning of the Xbox One (see thisshort jab based on Microsoft’s restriction
on sharing games with friends).

Nintendo – With their next generation console,
the Wii U, already released, Nintendo’s E3 experience has been focused
more on games. Of the three main console companies, Nintendo’s
upcoming game schedule looks like it will have the most options for
preteens and their families. Mario will be returning to the race
track in Mario Kart 8, teamwork will be required
in Pikmin 3 and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and game
nights will be revamped with Wii Party U.

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Make sure to check out Keeping Current in Children’s Ministry
Magazineto read more of our take as these new games and systems
release. Do you have a video game system in your church? Could you
carry on a discussion about video games with a kid today? Why is
the most well-known, Bible-based video game still Bible Adventures? Let us know your thoughts in
the comment section below!

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David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

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