Top 20 Gamer Holiday Gifts For 2012
If you're one of those compulsive shoppers who has everything you want already, you're probably scratching your head trying to figure out what to put on your holiday wish list, you spoiled little brat. Well, we here at Cheat Code Central are going to make your life even easier than it already is. Here are twenty items we've been setting our peepers on this holiday season.
Oh yeah. And picking something on this list and sending it to us would be a great way to thank us for all the work that went into this year's list. Just saying.
Are you tired of gaming while sitting on an uncomfortable couch, wooden chair, or particularly large and unwieldy rock? Yeah, we know you are. Thankfully, Sumo has a line of bean bag chairs that will keep our butts comfy while we binge out on video games over the holidays. The only drawback is that we're not going to want to get out of it to go to school or work once those vacations are over.
Is noise, mess, or lack of responsibility preventing you from getting a real live pet to call your own? Well, screw all that carbon-based lifeform crap; we're living in the future now. Try out the Trekbot, which will zoom around your room at a speed of one foot per second. Sure, it won't love you back, but it also won't eat your shoes or throw up on your pillow while you're out.
Don't get caught running around in Counter-Strike with some cheap little generic mouse. Are you a man, or are you a pansy? If you're a man, you'll probably want something that looks more like the Batmobile from The Dark Knight than some stupid little round thing. ROCCAT's Savu gaming mouse has you covered, you big meaty hunk, you.
It's shiny, it's new, and it's Nintendo's latest console. The Wii U's innovative GamePad is in a position to usher in a whole new style of gaming, the way the original Wii revolutionized motion gaming. Don't get left behind; stay on the cutting edge of console gaming technology by making your parents buy you a Wii U.
You're not a true Metal Gear Fan unless you have a two-foot-high Metal Gear Rex figure to call your own. Sure, it costs a pretty penny, but just imagine the looks on your friends' faces when you stomp on all their plastic army men with a walking, nuke-launching Metal Gear Rex.
Need to satiate that gaming craving while out on the go? Sony's got your back with the PlayStation Vita. Sure, you could always just play Angry Birds on your smartphone, but then you run the risk of being given a wedgie while being called a casual gamer. Avoid that embarrassment and get yourself a real gaming device.
If you haven't downloaded the individual episodes of The Walking Dead yet, you're probably a terrible person. Or else you've just been waiting for the incredible Walking Dead Collector's Edition, which comes with the entire game on disc, along with the absurdly gigantic Walking Dead Compendium 1. Yes, that includes the first 48 issues of the life-changing comic book series. The $70 price tag makes this a fantastic deal. Yes, you're allowed to use that previous sentence when you're explaining why your parents need to buy this for you. You're welcome.
Having trouble deciding between action figures and video games this year? Well, Skylanders Giants gets you both of those things in one convenient package. The Skylanders universe just got way bigger, and your collection must expand if you hope to keep up. You writing this down? I hear the distinct sound of pens scratching on paper. Good job, kids.
The monotonous world-conquering board game just got cool again with this Halo makeover. Playing as WW2-era soldiers is for your grandpa; this version allows you young whippersnappers to take over the galaxy as the UNSC, Covenant, or Flood. It's just another piece of evidence that anything can be made exponentially cooler by setting it in outer space.
Are you tired of having your family pull you away from your precious WoW binges for family board game night? Well, the joke's on them with this special edition World of Warcraft Monopoly game. Now, not even family gatherings can pull you away from Azeroth.
So far, we've been sticking to relatively affordable gifts. But now it's time to say “Screw those poor unemployed suckers, I want to spend some money this year!” And there are few better ways to spend all that cash you've been saving than on an Alienware gaming rig. The X51 is a great choice. And, actually, $700 isn't a bad price for all this gaming power.
For the Portal fan who has everything, this miniature Portal Gun looks just like the real thing, only smaller. And remember, science tells us that making anything smaller will automatically make it cuter. Don't argue with science. Even if it's science that I made up just now.
Do you think Star Wars is exponentially less cool now that the franchise is owned by Disney? Well, Darth Maul would beg to differ, and he'd do it while slicing you in half with his trademark double-bladed lightsaber. Be prepared to fight back with your own, which you can pick up at Toys ‘R' Us. Or, you know, you can always use it to scare your younger siblings away from your gaming console. Either way, we're pretty sure you need one of these.
You want to dominate the battlefield in any and every first-person shooter on the market? Then you need some serious gaming power. Thankfully, CyberPower can fulfill this fantasy for you with a gaming rig that's so badass it had to be named after a pirate ship. Pick up the Black Pearl and headshot some whiny little punk kids this holiday season. We won't tell Santa, we promise.
Sure, you could pick up the regular old version of Assassin's Creed III, but game discs are so lame. Instead, you need the UbiWorkshop edition, which comes with the game, a 384-page hardcover Assassin's Creed encyclopedia, a 208-page softcover graphic novel, and a box that will make you think you're actually Desmond Miles. This is the absolute best possible way to learn your fake American history.
The true Call of Duty superfan would never be satisfied with a puny little game case. Instead, the real players go for the Care Package, which includes a flyable RC drone, a soundtrack CD, some in-game exclusive items, and more. And all of this comes in a super badass case that will make all your other game cases jealous.
If you don't have a tablet already in this day and age, you probably hate technology. But if the only thing holding you back from buying one is that you don't want to have a hipster Apple product in your house, then look no further than the Surface by Microsoft. It's like an iPad, only a whole lot less Apple-ish. Just make your life easier and get yourself a Surface already, okay?
It's no secret: We know you dream about building a R2 unit of your very own. Well, until real-life technology catches up with Star Wars technology, the best you can probably do is this LEGO R2-D2 replica. Sure, he won't chat with you in that chirpy little synthesized voice of his, but that's probably a good thing, as we've been told he's actually a sarcastic little jerk.
With the Mayan apocalypse just around the corner, you're going to want to be prepared for every possible post-apocalyptic scenario. This Zombie Survival Kit will help you make it through Z-Day, though you're going to want to open this gift a couple days early so you're ready before December 21st brings its inevitable world-ending doom.
And speaking of the Zombie Apocalypse, it's probably best to have some rations that won't expire while you're huddling in your underground bunker. While we've been told Twinkies will survive a nuclear holocaust, the Twinkie-maker Hostess has recently closed. You'll have to do some clever eBaying to get your hands on some of these before the world ends, but the delicious cream-filled centers will make it all worth it.
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Date: November 21, 2012
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