Learn This: Game Systems for Those Of Us Who Don’t Know the Difference Between Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft Consoles

Twenty years ago we bought our son a Nintendo.  That was the last time I felt up-to-date on the game system world.

Today gaming isn’t just for kids anymore.  It’s for kids and adults of all ages; it’s for fitness, eye-hand coordination, relaxation, sports improvement, strategy-development, cooking and much more.  I recently asked my 21-year old daughter to give me some insight into the current world of gaming.  Here are her descriptions of the three competing gaming companies and her comments on each.


  • Japanese Company
  • Translated from Japanese to English, Nintendo means “leave luck to heaven.” (Potential Jeopardy question.)
  • Product evolution is Nintendo (NES), Super Nintendo (SNES), Nintendo 64, GameCube (GCE), Nintendo Wii (pronounced “we”) which was introduced in 2007 as the world’s first interactive gaming system.
  • Handheld players evolved from Gameboy, Gameboy Color, GameBoy Advanced, GameBoy SP, to Nintendo DS (Dual Screen.)
  • Least expensive systems.
  • Most famous game of all time from any company is made by Nintendo: the Mario series.
  • Add-ons include the cross-bow and the steering wheel.
  • Comments: More family-oriented; games are colorful and happy.  The Wii took the company from competing on graphics to competing on interactivity.  My favorite games because there’s never been much blood.


  • Japanese Company
  • Product evolution is PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3, introduced in 2006.
  • Widely recognized as the gaming system with the best graphics.
  • More premium systems can play older version games.
  • PlayStation 3 has a Blu-ray high definition DVD player.
  • The handheld player is the PSP (PlayStation Portable.)
  • Comments: I never had a strong attachment to this player; I watched my brother play but never wanted to play myself.  I think the games available are limited.


  • US Company
  • Product evolution is XBox and the XBox 360 introduced in 2006.
  • The XBox 360 has a DVD player and an HD DVD player can be added.
  • Music can be uploaded from CDs and can be listened to regularly or instead of game music.
  • MS introduced the Halo series, which is a first-person shooter game and is one of the best-selling games of all time.
  • The system allows play by Internet with players around the world.
  • No handheld is currently available.
  • Comments: Cool that you can play your music through it, but I despise Halo because of its violence.

Now go impress your kids, your grandkids, your neighbors’ kids, and that new doctor you just hired.

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