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Gamer Gift Guide 2012 – Part 1

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Gamers are notoriously picky people to shop for, so if you are the type of person that has to get a holiday gift for the gamer in your life, don’t worry, we have you covered. We’re going to come out with a series of articles in November making suggestions for tech gifts that you haven’t thought of already, ranging from fairly inexpensive gifts to some seriously monolithic products. Let’s get to it!

Fairly Inexpensive

XTrac Pads – Ripper XXL

If you missed this, be sure to read the review of the XTrac Ripper XXL mousepad. It’s more than a simple mousepad – it’s a gaming surface for PC gamers that is pure awesomeness. It’ll cover an entire area, meaning it’ll feel great under wrists no matter what a gamer’s configuration might be. For the low price of under $30 on Amazon, you’ll get a great gift that the gamer in your life will undoubtedly love.

Ice Age Continental Drift – Blu-ray

Ice Age

Ice Age

Ice Age is a hilarious series of animated movies that, once again, has never looked better than it does on stunning 1080p Blu-ray format. Ice Age: Continental Drift might be perfect for younger gamers that wanted to get a movie they might not already have that’s suitable for the entire family. It’s packed with extras and definitely has some replayability so it won’t just get watched once.

Simpsons Season 15 – Blu-ray

This one might be very specific to the gamer in your life as The Simpsons is hit-or-miss with some gamers these days. We’re still fans and Season 15 was actually one of the better seasons after the first seven. Undoubtedly, the series has never looked better in stunning 1080p detail as this Season 15 set is brand new to the high definition format. With all the extras included, it’s a great buy for about $45 online.

Very Nice Indeed!

Logitech G600 MMORPG Mouse

Logitech G600

Logitech G600

If you are shopping for a gamer that loves to play an MMORPG game, such as World of WarCraft, then look no further than the Logitech G600 mouse. It has so many buttons that it just blows people’s minds and, at first, almost feels like a novelty, right up until the MMO aficionado starts using it. At that point, it will transform into a peripheral necessity for gaming, making it a gift that retains maximum usage and value. This is really a great gift because precious few massively multiplayer online (MMO) players know about it and at a price of around $70, it’s a great buy because it’s a top quality mouse from a top quality manufacturer.

Genius Cavimanus Headset

Gamers love headphones that rock loud and hard, with these bad boys rocking quite loud and offering great tones. The Genius Cavimanus Headset is not simply a pair of headphones, it’s a headset. It includes a drop-down microphone so gamers can talk, listen and play all at the same time. For gamers that play online, be it MMOs or first-person shooters (FPS), having a very nice headset is a total necessity. Often times, gamers overlook this component of their gaming rig so this makes for a perfect gift if the gamer in your life doesn’t already have one, or, if the ones they have are old and outdated.

Whoa Mama!

Apple Airport Extreme

Apple Airport Extreme

Apple Airport Extreme

The Apple Airport Extreme is definitely a think-outside-the-box gift from a normal gamer’s perspective, but one they will quickly appreciate. Bandwidth is everything to a gamer and getting a good signal is absolutely critical if you are going to play games online. Many gamers, sadly, have no appreciation for a solid wireless router and typically keep the status quo with some 7-year-old device that just gets them by. However, from all accounts we’ve heard, the 5th generation Apple Airport Extreme is just about as solid a device as one can buy. It operates both in 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously to offer top-notch performance and range for all WiFi devices. The reviews have been off the charts and we’re hoping to take a look and evaluate one soon ourselves. That said, it purportedly sports an amazing range, offers easy setup and configuration and is backward compatible with old devices. An improved Internet connection means all the difference to a gamer so give the Airport Extreme consideration. It is reasonably priced at approximately $179 online or at the Apple Store.

eVGA NEX1500 Classified Power Supply

eVGA 1500W PSU

eVGA 1500W PSU

If you know for a fact that the PC gamer you want to buy a gift for is constantly upgrading, you cannot go wrong buying them what looks to be the single most badass power supply unit we’ve ever seen on paper. It has all the power in the world you could possibly want, even for the sickest of PC rigs. It is made from a company (eVGA) that has built a great reputation for quality in the industry. This PSU will offer a gamer 1500W of contiuous power delivery with an amazing 90 percent efficiency (Gold Standard!) for amazing stability and reliability. There’s even an Overclock (OC) mode that can boost the wattage even higher, if that’s even conceivable, to 1650W of power. eVGA also includes their proprietary software called “SuperNOVA” that allows a user to monitor the PSU to make sure it’s all up to snuff. At around $450, this is another “breaking the paradigm” type of gift that would score major points with PC tech geeks.

Playing it Safe

Gift Cards

If you still aren’t convinced that you can find a gift to buy, just go with a gift card. It really doesn’t matter where you get it from, be it Amazon, GameStop, Steam, Best Buy – it’s all good. Gamers love gift cards and it’s perfectly fine. In fact, some gamers might even prefer it.

Conclusion for Part 1

That does it for Part 1 of our Gamer Gift Guide series for 2012. Stay tuned for next week’s edition!

Sean Gibson

Sean Gibson

Founder, Featured Contributor at Gaming Illustrated
Sean Gibson was the founder of Gaming Illustrated and served as Executive Editor and lead reviewer from 2002 to 2014. He no longer is affiliated with Gaming Illustrated, but remembers his time with the site fondly.
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