During this holiday season, gift ideas tend to center around recreational electronics. Video games were once thought to only be for kids, but over time developers have produced new and exciting games that attract an older, more mature audience.
For the casual or non-gamer, getting gift ideas for gamer friends might be a daunting task. With a verity of systems to choose from and a tremendous library of games to pick, finding the perfect game for that special someone can be a chore.
During the holiday season video games tend to get promoted with a certain bias, so caution is advised when buying blindly. Video games based on movies are among the most notorious for being marketed beyond their fun value, though that is not to say every “movie game” is bad. Usually they are targeted towards children and parents of young children, who tend to buy games spontaneously.
The best way to find the perfect game is by doing a bit of leg work. First, find out if the person you are buying for, whoever they might be, has dropped any hints. If they haven’t, try to get a feel for what kind of games they like already. Do they like Shooters, Strategy, Platform, Racing or Multiplayer Games?
If all else fails, finding out what’s new or popular is always good. There are an abundance of video game reviews ranging from the newest games to the oldest and many video game websites have lists of the highest rated games on every console since the Atari. Getting an opinion on a game before you buy it will vastly help your decision in choosing the perfect gift – even if you don’t particularly care for video games yourself.
Heres a list of some new and classic hits that you might consider buying.
Red Dead Redemption (XBOX 360, PS3): An open ended game set in the wild west. With many features appealing to many kinds of gamers, this game is highly acclaimed and recommended for any mature gamer.
Call of Duty: Black Ops (XBOX 360, PS3, WII, PC): The newest installment of the Call of Duty series. Highly popular for it’s multilayer component and being a life-like shooting simulation.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (WII): Featuring the well known video game hero, Mario, his newest game is arguably the best game on the system.
Pokemon Heart Gold / Soul Silver (Nintendo DS): The latest in the hand held Pokemon series, any kid is sure to fall in love with this addicting game.