Question for gamers about what video game system to get my 12 year-old.

Level 1
4 weeks ago

We let our 12 year-old play games on his iPad but we know he really wants something he can play for real. We've held off on getting a game console until now. We have some issues with the violent games, but also know there's lots of great games that aren't like that... we just don't know what they are.

We'd like to get a game console for him for Christmas but have no idea what to get. We'd like something we can hook up to our basement TV, and get a couple games that he might like. We don't want to ask him because we'll hear of nothing else for the next 3 months. Plus it'd be a cool surprise because he'd never think we'd buy him this, but he's an awesome kid and works hard so he deserves it.

Any suggestions on what system to get and maybe some game suggestions? On his iPad he likes Minecraft, games with dragons, and racing games. We just want to avoid the kill everything and paint the walls with blood kind of games. Also, our 10 year-old loves horses so any sweet games with horses? Thank you for any recommendations.

~Very clueless middle aged couple.

Level 11
4 weeks ago

A board focused on a tactical combat D&D game that only runs on a gaming PC might not be the best source of guidance for nonviolent console games… 

The Nintendo Switch port of Legend of Mana is a really good revival of a fun game from the PS2 era, very cute/cartoony and lots to do. Fire Emblem is also good, not sure if your aversion to violence extends to cartoonish stuff or not. And of course, Minecraft and Terraria run on pretty much everything these days. Good luck!