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The Gift of Game: 4 Gifts Any Gamer Will Love
December 16, 2015 By Holly Clarkson
The holidays are here, which means it’s time to find the perfect gift for the gamers, sci-fi lovers and comic book nerds on your list. You would think it would be easy to buy presents for a group with such wide-ranging interests and a real love for clever gadgets and strange artifacts. The hard part is trying to impress the gamer in your life with that one gift they would never see coming. Your first objective? Avoid buying actual video games, which is too obvious and involves walking through a minefield of titles they probably already own anyway. Your second objective: Follow this helpful holiday guide for finding truly unique gift idea for gamers. It’s sure to help you level up your thoughtfulness stats.
Lenovo’s Yoga Series of laptops are specially made with gamers in mind. It features a super-thin Intel Core i processor, built-in JBL surround sound speakers, and a 360-degree hinge that transforms the device into a tablet computer in seconds. This Windows 10-enabled laptop comes in a variety of customizable colors and has a crisp 13.3 inch QHD display that looks amazing from every angle. For parents looking for a laptop for their young gamer, the Yoga 900 offers a top of the line experience in an affordable price range. They might even use it get some homework done between “Star Wars Battlefield” sessions.
Blake J. Harris’ “Console Wars” offers an in-depth look at the video game industry during the 1990’s, when Nintendo and Sega were locked in a war for gaming supremacy. Think of it as “Sonic the Hedgehog” meets “The Social Network.” For gamers, the book offers an all access pass to the early days of the video game industry, but it also provides some interesting insights into the current day battle between Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony. The introduction by funnymen Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg is worth the price of admission alone. It’s the perfect way for your gamer to entertain him or herself while those pesky updates install.
“Fallout 4” is undoubtedly the most popular game of the year, and this Monopoly edition ensures that they can keep enjoying the Fallout in the event that a real nuclear event renders their PS4 or Xbox One useless. The game features locations from all four games (including expansions) and comes with six collectible tokens straight from the wasteland. And, of course, there are no houses and hotels in this version. Instead you fortify your property with Shacks and Vaults. Better yet, Monopoly: Fallout Collector’s Edition is guaranteed to ship without any glitches.
BB-8 by Sphero
Star Wars fans were excited when J.J. Abrams said he would be relying heavily on practical effects in “The Force Awakens,” but no one ever dreamed that we’d be able to bring those effects home. The miniature BB-8 droid from Sphero has to be seen to be believed. How does that little dome-shaped droid head stay on top of its constantly rolling body? All we know is that BB-8 is full of personality. You can guide it around the house using your smartphone or tablet. It also responds to voice commands and will develop a personality of its own as you interact. Perhaps the coolest feature is the holographic communication device. Record a video message in the app and BB-8 will project it onto a wall, just like he does in the movie.
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