RIP Ralph Baer
I really, really hate writing obits. I really do. But I take it as a personal honor to be able to say good things about the men and women I respect, whether in this industry or just in my life, and Ralph Baer is the reason all of this exists in the first...
It's the most wonderful time of the year—GameRevolution's Holiday Gift Guide time! This year, we've got great gift suggestions for the gamer and tech enthusiast in your life, no matter what console they're into, and at every price range.
In this list, you'll find everything a gamer could want, need, or hope for.
(PSN, Xbox LIVE, Nintendo eShop, Steam) - The ultimate stocking has always been a combination of candy and gift cards, gamers agree. Pack the stocking full of Santa-themed chocolates and maybe an old Easter Bunny, but don’t skimp on credit for downloadable services.
PlayStation has the PSN Store, Microsoft has Xbox Live, Nintendo has the eShop, and there’s always Steam and Valves’ holiday sale for the PC gamer. Even a card could wind up buying two or three games if your gamer pushes the right buttons this holiday season.
Mobile games are all the rage, but true gamers know that digital touch screen controls won’t let them master the virtual thrill ride known as Doodle Jump. With a D-pad, start and select buttons, four face buttons, and two shoulder buttons, the iCade 8bitty will keep them entertained for hours, all while throwing birds with precision accuracy.
Since iPhone and Android smart phones support gamepad controllers like the 8bitty, having one you can throw in the bag or back pocket will help the hours go by. Further, you won’t have to turn on your devices on planes during take off and landing soon, so game all day with this wireless controller for tablets and phones.
RocketFish Screen Cleaner and Micro-Fiber Cloth
(Buy Now) - With so many screens staring back at us these days, it’s perfectly acceptable to revile in horror at a dirty display. I’m not talking about your gamer’s “Untitled Folder.” I’m talking about the computer screen, a 3DS screen, and especially the always-touched smart phone screen.
With a little cleaning solution and a micro-fiber cloth from RocketFish, dirty, smudged-up screens will be a thing of the past, at least until a little cousin gets his hands on that new iPad Air or Kindle Fire. You’ll probably have to bust out the spray and clean up again after that.
Game Boy Booze Flask
Does your gamer need a potion during those long holiday visits with family? Are their hit points critically low? Are they out of SP and can no longer turn on the charm to keep the in-laws happy? Maybe this Game Boy-styled flask provides the elixir you seek.
This stainless-steel flask won’t give anything away, until someone notices that you’re drinking out of a piece of video game hardware from 1989.
4-Port USB Hub
(Buy Now)- Most computer users have several accessories plugged in at any one time. A keyboard, a mouse, a flash drive, an external hard drive, the list goes on.
In comes the mighty USB Hub, expanding one USB input to four available inputs waiting for all of your accessories and USB-charged devices. A USB Hub will prove especially useful for those traveling with a laptop or those on your list that just need to clean up their computer station a bit.
Flexible Travel Book Light
Sometimes a stocking stuffer needs to go low-tech to really compliment all the gadgetry under the tree. With a travel book light, the gamer in your life can finally finish the latestMass Effect novel or the science fiction tome sitting next to the bed.
Even better, a travel reading light means significant others will go undisturbed as someone finally finished the Hunger Games trilogy before seeing Catching Fire this holiday season. Maybe The Hobbithas been spun into three separate movies, but let’s get to the end of the book before they can release the trilogy on Blu-ray.