Questions of the Month for November

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Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month.


Question: What games console would you recommend for a 60-something who wants to get into gaming?  No experience whatsoever but want to be able to play games with grandchildren (when I get some!) and keep my brain active.

Answer: Any of the current games consoles will offer an experience you can enjoy with your family, the key is often finding a game that suites the age and ability of the players. I’d suggest trying out the different consoles in store or perhaps at friends and family who have them. Make a note of which games you enjoyed the most and which platforms those are available on.


Question: If i buy Skylanders Swap Force in the US will it work in the UK?

Answer: It is always best to check with the publisher. Many consoles are region coded and will only run games purchased in the same territory. It is also worth noting that the Skylanders Swap Force figures are not region specific and also work on any console.


Question: This term with my year 6 (10-11 year old’s) class we will be debating ‘Should video games emulate war?’ Do you have any views or knowledge that would help the children in this debate?

Answer: This is an interesting topic to debate. The main benefit here is to talk about the issues and consider how the PEGI ratings help players of all ages (and their parents) make appropriate choices about the gaming purchases. I would also suggest that a wide range of war games be considered, some offer excellent educational value like the Total War series that have been used in BBC historical reconstructions.


Question: Is Injustice suitable for 13 year olds?

Injustice Gods Among Us is rated PEGI 16. From the rating description: The content of this game is suitable for persons aged 16 years and over only. It contains realistic looking violence. This game allows the player to interact with other players online.

You can check PEGI ratings on the PEGI website.


Check back next month for more great questions from readers, and our best attempts to answer. If we’ve missed anything in our responses this month, why not fill in the gaps in the comments. Also, you can ask your questions here.

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