Holiday Tech Tips: The Game Room of Champions

by Geek Squad Agent on ‎12-23-2011 01:36 PM (8,612 Views)

If you’ve got a big family coming over this year, chances are there will be plenty of kids running around.  Kids, like Agents, love playing video games.  Get a jump on keeping them entertained by setting up a fantastic gaming environment for your favorite nieces and nephews.


Having a plan in place for entertainment while you finish up dinner goes a long way to ensuring the holidays are enjoyable for every member of the family.  Unfortunately football only lasts so long, and it’s not the best entertainment for everyone.


What do I need?

There are several different platforms available to keep your family entertained.  You are on your way if you have at least one of the following:

-Windows based computer with a High-Speed Internet connection
-Dedicated gaming console (XBOX 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii)


What do I do?

Depending on the system you have, we have a few different recommendations.  You can jump online for some quick free entertainment, or utilize the gaming system you already have. We’ve prepared a few tips for online gaming, as well as a few safety recommendations for your full immersion systems.


Online Entertainment

Bring the generations together by finding an online game that everyone will have fun playing like JumpStart’s Buzzwords. You can also find several different fun and interactive games at sites like Knowledge Adventure that are sure to keep the kids entertained! Don’t tell them, but they may even learn something!


Gaming Consoles: Not necessarily safer than playing outside.

Gaming consoles have become more exciting and immersive than ever.  They’re multipurpose entertainment workhorses designed for group gaming, movie watching and internet browsing.  Motion control game systems like the Wii, PlayStation Move, and Xbox Kinect are all perfect for interactivity and intense movement.  But all of this internet freedom and jumping around can be hazardous! In the heat of battle, controllers can get dropped, cables can be pulled and consoles can get jostled. Save your equipment – and the health of the gamers – by taking a few precautions:

  • When setting it up, be careful to childproof your family room, for the safety of your children, and the safety of your furniture.
  • Make sure all cables are out of the traffic area.
  • If setting up an interactive system like a Kinect or Move, make sure to clear an appropriate area, and practice good cable management!
  • If setting up a Nintendo Wii, use the wrist straps!  Your TV will thank you.
  • In addition to setting up your ultimate gaming station, a Geek Squad Agent can also configure your parental controls to help keep kids safe while gaming this holiday season; allowing you to focus on your guests.



No Time Like the Present

So maybe the idea of setting up a guest network or hooking up your kids’ new gaming console sounds easy, but quality holiday time with your family is precious and you’d rather not bother.  That’s what we’re here for!  We have the power to connect the most complicated of gadgets and tame the wildest of cables.  Invite an Agent over for aWhole Room Setup or Networking Made Simple to get everything connected and schedule a One Hour Training so you can learn to love your new toys!  As always, Geek Squad Agents are standing by 24/7/365 at 1-800-GeekSquad and to help keep your unruly tech in order.

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