Ultimate Parents' Guide to Video Games

Sim: Short for "simulation," the term sim generally refers to any game in the SimCity and The Sims series of games. This term can also be used to describe other simulation games, ranging from airplane simulators to games like Roller Coaster Tycoon, where players build and control an amusement park.

Single-Player: A mode or game meant to be played by one player alone.

TBS (Turn-Based Strategy): Unlike an RTS, or real-time strategy game, a turn-based strategy game allows players to take turns plotting and planning their moves. These games are usually part board game and part warfare, as in the popular Disciples series.

Wii: Initially known by its code name "Revolution," the Nintendo Wii features wireless motion-sensitive controllers that react to players' movements. Play tennis by simply swinging the controller like a racket. The Wii also features an Internet connection for players to meet and play and download classic games from the Nintendo back catalogue.

Xbox: Microsoft's initial entry into the home video game console market came in 2001, with Xbox. Though it took second seat to Sony's PlayStation 2, the Xbox was a formidable competitor for the PS2, and featured two of the biggest hits in video game history: Halo and Halo 2.

Xbox 360: The follow-up to Microsoft's Xbox, the 360 was released a full year before the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3. The machine features wireless controllers and an optional hard drive for storing game information, downloaded games, demos, trailers and recent movies and TV shows.

Xbox Live: One of the Xbox and Xbox 360's biggest selling points, Xbox Live is a 24/7 subscription-based online service that connects players for competition, but also features a robust store where they can purchase classic and new arcade games, demos, trailers and movies and television shows.

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