Then I decided to go ahead and get Arkham City. It's not that the vocabulary of the game grew worse, but rather the sheer number of times they appeared. I couldn't beat up any random thug without one of his gang swearing. (It got worse any time they discussed a woman in the game, since they couldn't seem to ever use a polite term for them) Not that the game wasn't fun, but it's both aggravating and disappointing that I can't even play a Batman game without having my Mom and Dad glare at me any time a curse is thrown out. And I spent $80 between the two games, so I'm not getting rid of them, but I don't want to spend that much on a swear machine again.
So lately I've been looking more into what's worthwhile in the games that are for all ages. What I found was not much. Since Microsoft, like Sony are primarily focused on gaming fanatics who can afford to buy multiple $50 games all the time, they include things that place any of the good ones in something I can't let my brother/sisters play or watch me play. (And it would take something else as awesome as Batman to get me to play any.)
That's not to say there aren't plenty of good family games out there. They're just all made by Nintendo, for Nintendo. I would love it if we could play something like New Super Mario Bros. or something, but they're only for Wii. I've considered getting one, but that's another $160, plus the amount for games/controllers. Wii U is out of the question. I could just get the console/controllers, and use the games from the Public Library, but still, that's more than $200, and I've only got eleven months to save up as much as possible towards college, (though I don't count any possible scholarships or the money I'd earn working while at college). It's not absolutely necessary to save all I possibly can, but I would like to not have to face money troubles in college. (or any other time)
Christmas isn't much of an option. A family of six kids makes Christmas expensive right off the bat, and money's starting to be something of a problem. Granted, it would take me less than a week to get $200, but I need far more than that for just tuition, not to mention room/board, and maybe gas, unless I use a bike instead of a car. Plus, Wiis are going to become irrelevant so long as the Wii U is successful, and they'll stop making games for it altogether soon.
So, to all of you people who are video game people, considering all of this information, what would you suggest?