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I was talking to a friend the other day, and I guess she had been ‘scolded’ by someone for allowing her kids to play video games. While I fully agree there should be parent guidance, and not all games are appropriate for everyone, I’m definitely a fan of video games, as is my whole family. Every parent should have rules that best fit their family, and I know everyone has different opinions. I thought I’d share a bit about Why We Love Family Gaming, and how it’s not JUST about fun and games!
First of all, I didn’t use to be too big into video games – I got more interested when hubby and I got together, since it was a great way to bond and spend some fun time together. Now with our kids, we’ve progressed to not just gaming as a couple, but also as an entire family. Now, don’t be thinking one ridiculously-noisy house full of all the sounds of seven different devices – luckily we have our Turtle Beach® Recon 200 gaming headsets that allow us each to hear our own game. But guess what? We can still talk to each other over the microphones, which means not just fun gaming time, but also family activity time. You’d be surprised how many quality conversations we’ve had with our kids over a game of Minecraft or something!
Plus, with this awesome gaming headset (which becomes available for all starting September 9th) we’re able to adjust the volume of not just the sounds, but also your VOICE from the microphone – so you can clearly hear yourself from the mic, or turn it down as you desire, even to mute by simply flipping it up. The high-sensitivity mic does well at picking up your voice loud and clear, so we don’t have to sit there saying ‘what?’ for the whole game. It’s as easy as adjusting the dials on the headset, so even the kids can change it to best fit their desired sound level (because we know some kids are more sensitive than others, or prefer more or less input).
While my kids like it a bit quieter, hubby is all about the volume! I agree with him, that you can get more immersed into the games with quality amplification – and great Bass Boost! You don’t want to just hear it, but really feel it, too. And don’t worry, the Turtle Beach® Recon 200 gaming headset is battery-powered but RECHARGEABLE, giving you a whole day (12 hours) of great sounding game time! If you’re like us and have an Xbox One, the headset is even optimized, so you get fully immersive surround sound with Windows Sonic for Headphones.* I’m really picky with my gaming headphones, since I have some hearing struggles already – but these nice 40mm speakers (that are actually COMFORTABLE over my ears) give really nice, crips high volumes along with the boomy lower sounds.
So besides the enjoyment of gaming, as well as the conversations, we also strongly believe that game time can be a LEARNING experience. My kids may not realize it yet (and I’m not about to tell them!), but we often are able to teach things to them while we’re all playing games. Whether it’s building in Minecraft (just point out differences in the gaming play versus reality), or teamwork by making a family goal then delegating tasks to accomplish it. We also use it to teach patience, or good sportsmanship (have you seen a 7 year old lose recently? It can be ugly!).
Along with that, since this day and age is so full of technology, especially in many careers, it’s helping them learn to switch between different platforms and programs so they’re more prepared for whatever their future holds. I really appreciate that the Turtle Beach® Recon 200 gaming headsets can easily switch platforms with them, being compatible with not just Xbox One and PS4TM, but also the Nintendo SwitchTM, PCs and our mobile devices.
Another perk to gaming that we enjoy, is it can be a reward or consequence – they can EARN (or lose) gaming time based on either attitudes and behavior, or perhaps by doing extra schoolwork, active play time, or taking on more household chores. We adjust it as best fits our family at that time, keeping our rules a little flexible – because life’s always changing, so it can be difficult if things are too rigid.
Since the Turtle Beach® Recon 200 gaming headsets are priced at $59.95 MSRP, you may be like ‘wow, that’s a lot for a headset that my kid may ruin’. You know your kid best, and while I don’t think a toddler (they seem able to destroy ANYTHING), would be ideal, my kids are great with headsets – and since the Recon 200 has a headband that’s metal-reinforced, it has that added durability that makes me worry even less about it getting ruined – or even worn out anytime soon!
Okay, I have to say this part that I enjoy about family gaming because I know many of you other parents will appreciate it as well – it’s been a great way to get my kids to play TOGETHER! It’s amazing how well my kids do when doing video games together – talking things out, splitting projects or tasks, helping when needed. There’s very rarely fighting (you know there’s some occasionally – this IS reality and they ARE still just kids, after all), so I love seeing them build those relationships and really get along with each other!
Check out the Turtle Beach® Recon 200 gaming headsets online here or on Amazon for your own family gaming!
*Windows Sonic for Headphones provided by Microsoft for Xbox One (and compatible Windows 10 PCs). Also compatible with Dolby Atmos® for Headphones (sold separately).