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[Featurama] Twinfinite’s Holiday 2012 Gift Guide (Extravaganza)

…What? Bethesda sends out nice Christmas cards.

It’s that time of year again where everyone scrambles around getting gifts to show affection. So what are you waiting for? Buy your way into your loved one’s hearts already! Alas, as gamers and nerds and being friends with other gamers and nerds, ours is not a cheap hobby. Still, we here at Twinfinite will do our best to maybe give you some gift ideas for that special someone. Let the Winter 2012 shopping commence after the jump.


For the table-top gamer who needs to be more social:

Munchkin

Amazingly fun, and fairly accessibly for even those players not interested in fantasy.

Where to Buy:

World of Munchkin

For the Dr. Who-loving couch potato:

The Sonic Screwdriver universal remote

With 13 programmable gestures and 3 memory banks, you they can program 39 total commands into the screwdriver, over multiple devices. Just make sure they’re willing to spend the time to program the sucker.

Where to Buy:

ThinkGeek

For the competitive potty-mouth:

Cards Against Humanity

Finally, people realized that anyone playing Apples to Apples inevitably tried to be as offensive as possible. Cards Against Humanity simply enables them to combine:

“You walk in on your parents” “Preforming pig sacrifices”

Where to Buy:

http://cardsagainsthumanity.com/

If your loved one has expensive tastes and a fondness for Star Wars:

Reversible Chewbacca Hoodie

Price: $200

Where to Buy:

ShopEcko

For the friend that’s just too fucking happy:

The Walking Dead Game

Price: $24.99 Digital, $29.99 Retail

Too many smiles? The sound of laughter making you ache? Give them The Walking Dead and watch as their soul crushes in mere seconds!

Where to Buy:

DIGITAL:

Amazon

Steam

RETAIL:

Amazon: PS3, Xbox 360

Best Buy: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

GameStop: PS3, Xbox 360

For the person looking to be destroyed by Yami:

Civilization V: Game of the Year

Price: $49.99

Ever think, “Gee, I’m really good at this Strategy game!” Nope. You’re not.

Where to Buy:

Amazon

GameStop

Steam

For the friend that sucks the teat of everything Mass Effect:

M-3 Predator Pistol Replica

Price: $400.00

Where to Buy:

Bioware Store

For the friend that thinks cooking goes hand-in-hand with gaming:

Aperture Laboratories Spatula

Price: $9.99

Where to Buy:

Valve Store

For the friend that constantly tries to relive their childhood:

NEOGEO X GOLD

Price: $199.99 Preorder

Goes on sale 12/18/12.

Where to Buy:

Amazon

Best Buy

Game Stop

If they’re a Nintendo fan:

Zelda Hyrule Historia Preorder

Price: $34.99

There seems to be some great preorder discounts so snatch those up at Amazon.

Where to Buy:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

If your gamer is 12 years old or younger:

SKYLANDERS. ALL OF THEm.

Price: Your SOUL

IT’S LIKE THE NEW FURBIE FOR VIDEO GAMES WITH SPYRO! GET IT EVERYWHERE BEFORE THEY’RE GONE!!!

Where to buy:

Best Buy

GameStop

For the picky gamer that won’t tell you what they want:

Points Cards

Price: Varies

Shopping for gamers can sometimes be tough. It’s our hobby and shopping for us is hard to do some times. For that person that’s just a tricky gamer, buy them points cards.

Now I can hear some of you sitting there moaning about how tacky it is giving gift cards as presents. It’s not, but if you think that then jazz it up. It is a good gift that can buy a bunch of games so, like most things, all it needs is some good presentation. I personally recommend getting a sharpie, paint pen, or even whiteout and drawing out fun little game characters on the cards.

Do you have a Sony lover in your household? Well that PSN logo sure looks like it needs a prince drawn on it to roll that Katamari up. Steam gift cards can be made to look like Robocop. Wii point’s cards have giant circles on them so draw a Kirby. You don’t necessarily have to be an artist, but this industry is full of character made up entirely of squares. If you have too big of a problem drawing intricate characters like Kirby, just draw a game of Tetris on top of the card.

Just plan it out on paper before hand and if you screw up, just paint a thick coat of white out and start over.

DIY Is Cool! Be Creative!

Where to Buy:

Best Buy: PSN Cards, Xbox Cards, Nintendo 3DS Cards, Nintendo Wii Cards

GameStop: PSN Cards, Xbox Cards, Nintendo Wii Cards, Steam Cards

For that person that watched the Avengers:

A Vs X: Hardcover

Price: $45

Here we have a collection of the entire AVX series including the one shot battles that were interspersed between them. It is a big, thick book (568 pages) that can be used as a mallet if the reader somehow finds himself disinterested with the contents. Really though, how could that be possible with the most fan service filled comic book of the past year.

Pick it up for that special someone that was too lazy to go pick up the entire series. It doesn’t get much more epic than pitting two of the greatest super teams in comics against each other.

Where to Buy:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

For the Mega Man fan celebrating alone

Mega Man Vol. 1-3

Price: $10 x 3

Over the past 2 years, Capcom has simply ignored the Blue Bomber. Keiji Inafune’s plans for the 25th Anniversary all crumpled and we are stuck with nothing to celebrate. Except for one.

Archie Comics has been producing the Mega Man books since just after Capcom cancelled their series and it has been the only thing consistent in Mega’s inconsistent world.

Where to Buy:

Amazon: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3

Barnes and Noble: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3

For the friend who just bought a gaming PC:

Mad Catz R.A.T.7 Mouse

Price: $99.99

It may be slightly overpriced, but the R.A.T.7 is incredibly versatile, comfortable, and accurate. Plus, it sports the distinctive look of “A Terminator pooped a Decepticon.”

Where to Buy:

Amazon

Mad Catz

For the friend who likes anime bullshit:

Gravity Rush

Price: $39.99

I find it incredibly boring and blatant anime wankery, but if you have a friend who would enjoy /ANOTHER/ anime starring a girl and her cat, here you go.

Where to Buy:

Amazon

Best Buy

Gamestop

For the friend who likes to watch sweaty men rub up against each other:

WWE ’13

Price: $59.99

THQ brought their A-game this year. Luckily, they also brought back the Attitude Era. Coupling the best wrestling gameplay this side of WWE All Stars with a cavalcade of wrestlers you actually care about — new and old — this is definitely a good year to like wrestling games.

Where to Buy:

Amazon

Best Buy

Gamestop

For the friend who you like:

Any Mighty Mugg ever

Price: Varies

If they don’t like it, erase your name from your “People I Like” list.

Where to Buy:

Big Bad Toy Store

For the friend who was waiting for all that craziness to die down:

The Mass Effect Trilogy

Price: $59.99

It feels like years ago when Mass Effect 3 was released and people lost their minds over the ending. Don’t believe the hate – It was a bold and uncompromising ending (well, until BioWare went and tinkered with it) to an amazing trilogy. Now, you can pick up the whole thing and spend the holidays diving into one of the best game universes ever.

Where to Buy:

Amazon

Best Buy

GameStop

For the PC gamer with a not-awesome rig:

Gifting Old Games

Price: Varies

Go to GOG to find DRM-free versions of games both old and new. I’m a big ‘respect the architects’ guy, and there is no better place to find classics like Planescape Torment and Fallout 2. They’re having a ridiculous sale right now until January 3, but you know what? Everything there is a steal even at full price.

Just make sure to pick up Duke Nukem 3D while it is still free.

Where to Buy:

GOG.com

Just avoid the hassle and buy everything online!

For the friend who likes full immersion into a series:

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin

An absolute must-have for readers of any intensity. The series comes with a serious length commitment as well as patience for the future installments, but any reader is guaranteed to get wrapped up by the incredible, and very believable, characters. My fiance bought the rest of the series for me last Christmas after I finished A Game of Thrones and I found myself not playing PC games or watching Netflix because I was so into them.

Where to Buy:

Amazon

For your friend who’s overly-enthused about The Walking Dead on AMC:

The Walking Dead graphic novel compendiums

If they like the show, they will like the comics. The comics deal with even edgier content than the show is able to and takes ever so slightly different paths for many of the characters. After reading the comics, the show has become even better for me because I have a vague idea of what could happen, but the show is just off track enough to keep me very excited.

Where to buy:

Amazon

For the friend who likes games that leave them deep in thought:

Spec Ops: The Line

Price: $29.99 PC, $39.99 Console

This game has incredible themes and is much more focused on the narrative than the gameplay. The campaign is short (maybe 6-7 hours), but absolutely worth it.

Where to Buy:

Amazon

GameStop

For the anime fan who wants anime all the time everywhere:

Anime Phone Cases

Price: $35

Boomslank has a cool selection of custom iPhone cases that I personally really dig. Also there are some tees and prints if that’s cool with you, but their iPhone cases are still something else.

Where to Buy:

BoomSlank

For the gamer who enjoys his warm beverage:

E-Mugs

Price: $34

Fangamer has the famous E-Mug which I believe are back in stock. Be the envy of your breakfast companions with an E-Mug! I bet I could write for those TV infomercials.

Where to Buy:

Fangamer.com

For the person that likes art and stuff:

Designer Posters, Shirts and Stickers from Omocat

Price: Varies

Omocat is one of my favorite artists around and guess what? She has a store! A very popular store at that, so get that stylish weaboo/game friend something cool…maybe a poster?

Where to Buy:

Omocat-Shop

I like the gift that keeps on giving. What this means is I like not having to do much and would rather throw money at them until they love me. A gift card works better than cash because these days they have a gift card for EVERYTHING! Personalize it a bit y’know? The art friend? Some sort of crafts store, the clothes person? Favorite retailer. It’s a bit more personal without being super personal you know? Like “Yeah I knew you like this sort of thing…so I got you a gift card for it.” It borders on thoughtless/thoughtful and personally I like giving people gift cards to movie theaters cause it forces them to go watch movies with me.

And there ya have it! Go out, buy some winter cheer and have a very happy holiday from all of us at Twinfinite!

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