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Gaming: What to Expect to See in the Coming Years

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.

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.

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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