Gift Ideas for the Gamer
The game for the Xbox 360, you probably want to make sure they haven’t got it before buying, but a 360 without Halo 3 is like scuba diving without oxygen.
Cost : $59.99
Sound Seat Video Game Chair
Make games and music come alive with the Sound Seat Video Game Chair.
- 3″ full range speaker
- 5.5″ subwoofer
- RCA inputs
- iPod™/MP3/PSP™ input and holder
- Headphone jack
- Volume and base control
- RCA multi-player outputs
- Breathable poly-stretch fabric
- Folds for storage
Cost : $129.95
This was one of last years big Christmas hits and sold out just about everywhere, amazingly it looks like it will do the same this year.
Nintendo’s Wii video game system (pronounced “we”) is designed to attract people, regardless of their age or video game experience, to sit down and play together–whether they’re in the same room or on different sides of the globe. The system’s name reflects this simple idea. It’s easily pronounced in a variety of languages, and the distinctive spelling suggests two players side by side. The two Wii features Nintendo thinks will create new levels of gaming community are built-in Wi-Fi access, supported by a new online gaming service, and Wii’s intuitive, wireless, motion-sensitive game controller.
I bought mine back in April and I’m still playing it at least weekly which is the most I’ve ever used a console.
Cost: Very limited availability but ~$249 – $500 depending on availability and how much you want to be ripped off by
Rock Band: Special Edition
A newcomer to the field of rock games dominated by Guitar Hero, ROCK BAND – which allows multiple airband types to experience the real deal in endless combinations of guitar, bass and drums, or even singing along. And even though it’s based on the same scrolling style system that catapulted Guitar Hero up the charts, it also forces members to play together, rather than simply hog the stage individually. And users can also take the jam globally with it’s internet rocking feature – which means a world tour, dude. In addition to that mode, there’s also Quickplay, Solo, Band (for 2 to 4 people), Practice, and a very dueling Head-to-head play mode.
The full setup game with everything you need is about $150 (at Amazon) and includes the Microphone, drums and guitar and over 40 of the best rock anthems around including Nirvana’s “In Bloom,” Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen,” and even Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.” But who doesn’t want to rock out to The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again?” And recently, 10 more tracks were announced.
Fist of rock not included.
Cost : $150
Hasbro Power Tour Electric Guitar
The Hasbro Power Tour Electric Guitar, incorporates touch sensitive pads instead of guitar strings enabling shredders to easily learn chords by simply following the light patterns in the frets. Lessons are built right into the guitar itself and will teach kids to play six different rock classics, including “Wild Thing” and “Smoke on the Water,” and six original songs for them to master. When the guitar is in ‘learn’ mode, players advance by segments until the song is mastered. The cool part is that you can connect the guitar to your MP3 player and jam in real time with your favorite hits. It comes equipped with a built-in speaker, dual-function knobs that let you add cool effects to your sound and the ability to change the tones from metal, punk, rock and indie.
Available in a white or black, the Power Tour Guitar is a rockin’ $69.99, though Amazon currently has it on sale for about $35. Optional Amp will run you an additional $30.
Cost : $69.99
The 3rd Space Vest
The 3rd Space Vest allows gamers to actually feel the impact of punches and shots bringing the next level of realism to first person shooter games. It looks like a bullet proof vest, and that’s essentially the idea. To feel the impact, not suffer from it. The 3rd Space vest simulates an impact upon the gamer’s body by alternating air pressures that simulate the sensation of impact with a pnumatic thump. The more intense the impact, the greater the air pressure alternates. The vest contains eight zones pressure areas which can focus force accurately to simulate not only punches and gunshots, but also stabs, explosions, and even a gentile touch or tap of another player. Currently supports games like Call of Duty and 3rd Space Incursion.
The cost is around $189 for the experience.
Cost : $189
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
With CoDs graphics getting better with each new version of the game, sooner or later one has to start considering this more a simulator than a game. And it may be the only game which can take on Halo 3. Known for it’s World War II scenarios, Call of Duty 4 takes a more modern tack by putting gamers right in the thick of a modern day conflict, but yet, giving a nod to the nightmares we all shared during the Cold War. As as users progress through the game, they can see their advancement through experience points that earn them military rank promotions. Each new rank unlocks more intense situations, weapons, and attachments.
Couple it with the 3rd Space Vest above, and you may qualify for a Purple Heart.
Cost : $60
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Not only is the latest Lego Star Wars game family friendly, it’s flat out fun. Building on the success of both Lego Star Wars videogames, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga enables families to play through the events of all six Star Wars movies in one videogame for the first time ever. Only this time, in addition to XBox 360 and Playstation, Wii fans can now wield the light saber and collect lego studs. That means with motion-sensitive controls, the game takes on even more compelling and gut busting dimensions with allows users to play just about any character in the Star Wars universe, or mash them up to create even funnier characters. New game features include enhanced Force powers, new power-ups, and a new Challenge Mode.
Couple it with the Wii Light Sword above and it’s time to confront the dark side in a fun way!
Cost : $50
Sony Playstation 3
Even though it nearly priced itself out of the party, the Playstation 3 is back in the thick of it thanks to a $200 price cut just in time for Christmas. And even though $400 is still a tad pricey for a gaming system, when one considers it comes with a 40GB hard drive and built in Blu-ray DVD player, it’s hard not to want to pull out the VISA and get it under the tree.
Cost : $399