well I've been without a gaming console for a couple of years. The last one I had was a Playstation 2. Since I will be on my own soon, I thought I'd invest in one so I have something else to do. I guess what really matters is the games. But these days, the consoles do so much more. The Nintendo Wii looks nifty with it's interesting controller interface but is there really any MUST HAVE games on there? The Wii is probably the most inexpensive of the bunch I'd assume. Then there is the Playstation. It is the most expensive. I understand it has blu ray so it's actually a good value but I don't care about blue ray. It would be nice but I wouldn't pay extra for it. I've always enjoyed the games on the Playstation series. Has the trend continued on the Playstation 3? It also has backwards compatibility with PS1/PS2 right? Last, that leave the XBox 360. I've never owned an Xbox before. The price seems pretty good. How are the games? From what I've seen, they look pretty good. I especially like how it can stream music/video from a PC. Right now, I use a 3rd computer hooked up to my TV for that. Be nice to just retire that PC and stream it from my main PC. Is the Xbox 360 backwards compatible with XBox games? That would be pretty cool if it could as I didn't get to experience the original Xbox experience. I guess I'm a tad bit confused about the different versions of the XBox 360. Are there some versions that I should stay away from because of problems? I haven't researched a whole lot but I'm leaning towards the Xbox 360 as it seems the best value for me. any thoughts?