GUEST POST: Guide To Buying a Holiday Gift - Gaming

The smell of celebration is brewing and you know that it’s that time of the year again. As long as you have a fat wallet, you can give a gift pretty much everything that money can buy. But, if you have a gamer in your circle, he or she is definitely not going to like a single malt whiskey or a twelve cylinder gas guzzler.

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This is a guide that will help you choose the right gift for gamers.

  • Before you set out to buy something, know what they game on. It could be anything from a console to a handheld to a high end PC. Consoles are dedicated gaming devices that are hooked up to a TV and controlled through joysticks and gamepads. Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s WII-U are the latest and the greatest gaming consoles available in the market. If they don’t own one and if you have a $300-400 budget, then a gaming console is possibly the best gift you can get them.
  • If they own a console, you can consider buying accessories like hard disks or motion sensing controllers like Kinect for the Xbox and the Move Motion for PlayStation 3. When coupled with the console, the game play can be controlled through motion gestures. You can also consider buying games, but you need to be sure what console they are using. Because the same game can be available for various platforms and they are not compatible with each other. Darksiders 2, Assassin's Creed III and the Super Mario Bros for the Wii-U are some of the big names this holiday season.
  • If you don’t want to get into the consoles, then you have handhelds to choose from. The PlayStation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS are the latest. The game plays on both these handhelds are absolutely great and the games sport amazing graphics. These game systems support multiplayer game play and can be connected to the network too.

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  • If you are gifting something to a PC gamer, a good graphics card is possibly the best gift. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 690 and the AMD Radeon HD 7950 that were released this year are considered to be the best graphic processing units that were ever made. These GPU render games at very high frame rates and produce realistic in-game effects. Another accessory that you can consider gifting is a gaming mouse and gaming keyboard. Gaming mice are designed with ergonomics in mind and have multiple buttons. Various game play functions can be assigned to these extra buttons.

There is a wide range of gaming accessories to choose from. There are gaming lights that can be hooked to any system and they produce colors that match the ambient colors in the game. A good audio system with multiple speaker nodes also goes good with the ambient lighting. These days, games have multiple audio channels and to have theater-like 3D effects, you need the right kind of speakers. Brands like Bose and Creative are brands that you can consider buying.

Racing wheels are great accessories too, but they can be used only with racing games. Nonetheless, they offer realistic experiences. You also have racing wheels with feedback simulation. When you crash in the game, the steering wheel of the controller shakes and turns accordingly.

Other than consoles, handhelds and gaming accessories, there are a lot of other items that are themed around games. You have T-shirts with retro game characters printed on them; people who grew up in the 80s will love it. You also have action figures of the game characters and toys that are based on the game that you can consider giving.

George Webber, a freelance writer, currently writing for Dish TV and Dish Network - where Entertainment choices are limitless. He writes about Entertainment and Technology topics.