Gift ideas for your gamer this holiday season

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 17, 2012

(BPT) – If you aren’t a gamer yourself, buying for one can sometimes be a bit overwhelming considering the rapidly evolving technology and the choices in video games. With a few bits of good advice, you can easily find a gift that will delight anyone who enjoys gaming.

Keep in mind that gamers are always looking for ways to improve their playing experience. Therefore, there’s no such thing as a gamer who has everything. Here are a few ways to find the perfect gift for the video game-lover in your life.

* Buy them new games based on fan-favorite classic brands. Find a genre that features inherently fun and timelessly cool gameplay. This holiday season, you can find two new offerings from the TRANSFORMERS franchise for gamers of every age, allowing players to assume control of the famous transforming robots.

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TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON allows players to experience the most pivotal, post-apocalyptic battles of TRANSFORMERS lore that lead to their famed exodus from their home planet. Great for older teens and adults, the game is a cinematic and immersive action shooter available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Great for younger fans, TRANSFORMERS PRIME is a family-friendly game based on the popular animated television series of the same name. This one lets players change form and power-up their favorite AUTOBOTS in diverse vistas around the world while cultivating friendships with Jack, Miko and Raf, the human characters from the show. This game is available on Nintendo’s Wii U, Wii, 3DS and DS systems.

* Think about accessories. Gamers can never have enough accessories, from extra controllers to gamer-friendly computer keyboards to 3-D glasses for compatible systems. Do a little fishing for ideas by talking to your recipient (or his or her parents) and see if there’s something special to add to their gaming setup.

* Find official apparel from their favorite game titles or vintage video game T-shirts, which are sure to be a hit especially if your recipient is a bit older and has been a long-time gamer. This is a great alternative if you are really having a hard time figuring out what type of gaming hardware to buy or a great complementary gift to a larger gift as well.

* Buy a gift card for your recipient’s favorite game or electronics store. If you can’t figure out what to buy, here’s a surefire way to ensure your gamer gets what he or she wants.

* Help your gamer enjoy their gaming experience in comfort. Beanbags and other chairs that are designed for gaming will be a huge hit with your recipient. For good measure, throw in their favorite snacks or beverages to enjoy while they play.

You don’t have to follow the latest in gaming news to find the perfect gift. Since there are so many different gift options available, there are plenty of ways to enhance the playing experience for the gamer in your life.