Our 12-year-old son is obsessed with video games. Obsessed. We resisted for as long we could but last year we finally gave in and got him an Xbox. Now the new Xbox One is at the top of his Christmas list (and I have to admit the face recognition technology looks really cool). As far as games go, I'd recommend avoiding first-person shooter games until they are older (23 would be good). There is not a single FPS game you are going to be OK with—we've tried all the 'mild' ones and no matter how you cut it, the kid is shooting to kill. Focus on the sport games instead. My 12-year-old expert recommends "NBA2K15," "Madden 15" and "FIFA 15." Second, get rechargeable batteries. Turns out it's really annoying when the controller batteries run out mid-game.