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GamePro 2008 holiday gift guide
- — 19 December, 2008 16:54
Gifts for the Hardcore Gamer (page 2 of 2)
Hardcore gamers don't just play video games-they live and breathe video games. It's not a hobby, it's a lifestyle. So we compiled a list of the essential gear that they'll need to stay on top of their game. A next-gen console is a great place to start but there are tons of other tech and toys that the hardcore gamer in your life will appreciate.
Solio Hybrid Solo Charger
Everone's going 'green' these days and if you stop to think about it, gamers need to their part too. Video game consoles suck up a lot of electricty, even handhelds-those batteries need to be recharged every now and again, you know? This is why the Solio Hybrid Solo Charger is such an interesting product. It's basically a solar powered battery charger that's compatible with the PSP and DS; it's also compatible with a variety of handheld devices like PDAs, cell phones and MP3 players. It's functional, it's eco-friendly and it'll save you a few bucks because guess what-sunlight is free!
McFarlane Toys has been in the business of making quality action figures for some time now and their work with Halo franchise has produced some great results. They're continuing to pump out new figures including a badass 12-inch Master Chief figure that's ridiculously cool. Check out their site to see the new developments as well as their entire catalogue that includes Call of Duty and Guitar Hero. Just make sure you have your credit card handy: chances are, you'll see something worth purchasing to spruce up your bedroom or workstation.
Halo: The Cole Protocol
You may have finished the fight with Master Chief in Halo 3 but if you want to return to Bungie's Halo 'verse, do so with the Cole Protocol, a fiction novel that expands upon the war between the humans and the Covenant. It's tense, it's awesome and it's another excuse to delve into the rich world of Halo.
Prince of Persia: The Graphic Novel
The Prince of Persia series has always featured dazzling art direction; even the original took simplistic graphics and turned it into something believable and tangible. Well, the world of the Prince is coming to store shelves in an eyecatching graphic novel. Featuring a deep and complex narrative, it's a great compliment to the upcoming Prince of Persia game.
There's an unfortunate stereotype floating around that video gamers don't know how to dress or present themselves; some people seem to think that gamers are socially maladjusted dorks who buy their clothes from Nerds R' Us. Well, we all know that's not true. Gaming apparel's getting cooler and cooler by the second; check out the Invader tee from G8 Apparel if you don't believe us. It's stylish but it still incorporates a video game theme. So now, whenever you step outside, you can proudly represent your video game lifestyle while still maintaining a sense of style.
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Microsoft Sidewinder X8 Mouse
If you want to stay competitive in PC games, especially online FPS shooters, you need a quality mouse. There are plenty out there but don't overlook the fantastic Sidewinder X8 from Microsoft (yes, that Microsoft). It's got everything you need to keep you in the game; the only excuse you'll have now for getting pwned is your own lack of skills.
Nothing is more annoying than trying to play your DS or PSP on the bus without earbuds; no, scratch that: the only thing more annoying is listening to someone else play with their DS or PSP on the bus. So do everyone involved a favor and get yourself a pair of the Morays from Razer. These earphones have a tight fit which helps eliminate outside noise and great bass response, perfect for both music and gaming. They're also compact and lightweight, which means you won't get distracted while you're playing games on the go.
Ultimate Game Chair Reactor
What do you sit on when you play video games? Your couch? The floor? Psh, that's pedestrian. We park our butts in the Reactor from Ultimate Game Chair; it's not only comfortable but it has built-in speakers as well as motors that vibrate to give your games an extra level of immersion. It's compatible with every single video game system as well as MP3 players and home theater systems; it's basically like your dad's Barcalounger except a million times cooler.
Do you play a lot of online PC games? If you do and titles like World of Warcraft, Call of Duty: World at War, Warhammer Online and Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 are installed on your hard drive, then let us humbly suggest that you get your hands on the Killer K1; it's a dedicated networking card that offloads all of the networking chores away from the CPU, freeing it up to focus on more important things. It also has a built in hardware firewall for extra protection; if you take your online gaming seriously, then the K1 just might be the tool to give you an extra edge online.