My son has an Xbox and I hate it.
I don’t hate him playing games, to be honest that’s the bit I’m grateful for as it means I can do other things while he’s playing on it. I don’t even mind that I can’t get him off of it, that kind of thing comes with the territory. For me there’s a few things fatally flawed with Xbox:
- The games are almost always too old / violent for my son. This means every time I go to take my son to buy a game that we end up searching for ages. Me saying ‘No’ repeatedly and then some more. I get shouted at and eventually we come to some kind of compromise. But it is compromise, so instantly no-one is happy becasue let’s face it – no one like compromise.
- The pay system on Xbox is too accessible. Apple, Google and other pay for apps / games worked out that a password or code was a good thing. Not Xbox. No, with Xbox you can do whatever the hell you like, you can’t lock your card it is wide open. Nice one. So now, some smart ass says “set up a child account for your son.” This comment leads to a bleeding nose for them and brings me to my third point…
- Setting up a child account is ‘easy’ so they say. Well it wasn’t for me. I clicked on the button on my email which said “click here to verify your email” and nothing happened! On top of this, I can’t transfer my son’s friends to the child account.
Don’t get me wrong – Xbox games are good, but the user controls and account setting are set up so the user is open to attack and fleeced by thier kids. How hard would it have been to add the option for a password on payment? It’s woeful in this day and age of cyber security to not have this – a poor show Microsoft. By the way – Minecraft is pretty good as well as the lego superhero games but all my son want is Call of Duty. Halo is pretty good too I have to add… so it’s no ALL bad!