Last-minute gift ideas for gamers, tech-heads in your life
Eammonn Dignam has a few suggestions.
The holiday shopping season is almost over, but many people are still getting their gifts together, while others rely on the last minute to get all their shopping done. So if you still do not know what gift ideas for the gamers in your life, we have a few suggestions.
Retro gaming is coming back in a big way, with a number of the old school, emulators hitting the market in time for the holidays. If you are looking to stuff the stockings full of retro gaming, the joy, the Retron Five, by Hyperkin, you can enjoy all the classic Nintendo and Sega games. It is compatible with the old NES, Super Nintendo, Genesis and Game Boy cartridges, and it will play in HD. Even better – you don’t even have to blow in the cartridges to make them work!
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Every gamer should communicate with their online friends and enemies – and After-makes quality gaming headsets that vary from $14.99 to $99.99. And most are equipped with Bluetooth for wireless use.
Mouse pads are one of the most important tools for people who like to line-up late in the evening to play online shooters such as “Counter Strike.” And most gamers agree – the bigger the better. The size can help Mac-and PC-gamers get more precision in their movements of the mouse, which in turn will lead to more accuracy in their clicks. The Roccat Taito control endurance gaming mousepad fills that need easily and is available in two sizes. It sells on their website for $14.99.
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And finally, for the wannabe-gaming pro, Scuf makes professional controllers for the players on the Playstation and X-Box Consoles. They are completely customizable, and in general the adding of extra paddle buttons on the bottom of the controller for ease of use. But make sure that you are a serious gamer – they generally start around $100.
The good news: all of these products and many more are still available online, and there is still time to ensure that your gift is there by Christmas. And if you have forgotten your window, you can find it in most stores like Best Buy, Target and Game Stop.