Originally Posted by jfanning
How is this any different than purchasing a game from PSN? I can purchase the game once and download it multiple times on my various PSPs, or PS3s
I am/was unaware of PSN. When did PSN become available?
We have a Wii, and its predecessor. and have gone through at least 4 of their portables. Each of these requires a disc or a cartridge to be installed in the device to play the game -- it cannot be installed in another device at the same time.
In 2008, when we started to replace our gen 1 iPhones (3), we gave the kids the choice, for example:
free iPhone and $100 worth of games vs $140 Nintendo PGP and $60 worth of games (2 games)
They all chose the iPhone, and we have never looked back.
AFAIK, none of the popular portable games of that era were downloadable to multiple devices.
Anecdotally, about once every 2-3 weeks, the kids will want to play on the Wii -- with, maybe, an old favorite or a new game from RedBox.
The kids take their iPads to friends' homes, who have various consoles and portables -- a few iPhones, but no iPads, yet!
So they are exposed to what's "out there" for their contemporaries. They tell me that the iPads are quite a hit -- maybe, just the newness/novelty.
The kids are on their iPads several hours a day -- and usually browse the app store and ask for 1 or 2 new apps each, per day/
Mom and I are trying to determine how to handle this -- we have joint family reading sessions 2-3 times a week (now using the iPads)
We are thinking that:
1) each week, we, the family (Mom or me) can buy 1 iBook, 1 game and 1 educational app, and each of the 3 kids will take turns choosing.
2) anyone can buy a (mom-approved) app with their own money
3) any one can request a (mom-approved) free app
4) we will handle all download and syncs each evening
5) Mom or me will periodically see an app that's useful to all, e.g. Star walk, Pages, 24/7 Spanish, etc. -- and buy it. I bought SynchPad, yesterday, for $10.
Finally, because the iPad can be used for so many other things, the cost is easily justified -- the games are just a bonus.