Merry Christmas. Or not. Whatever winter holiday you celebrate, you probably do it by substituting love and kindness with cheap plastic garbage wrapped in pretty paper. And if you're like us, you find it distracting to put too much thought into what to buy your loved ones. Each year we try to solve that problem by HARNESSING THE AWESOME POWER OF GAWKER MEDIA'S PROPRIETARY PUBLISHING PLATFORM, KINJA, to gather the best gift suggestions the internet has to offer. This year, we've divided the universe of potential gift recipients into readers of our Gawker Media brother and sister sites—I mean, we're all surrounded by Jezebel and Deadspin and Lifehacker types, right? We begin with Kotaku: What should you buy for the
nerd gaming person in your life?
Perhaps the greatest holiday gift you can give the gamer in your life is to not stoop to the tired cliche of the energy drink-addled basement-dwelling pimply male teen when describing them. Which will make this gift guide quite hard to write in an engaging and humorous manner, but let's try anyway!
Kotaku readers are gamers of an especially discerning type. If you refer to a "AAA title," they will know instantly that this means one of those bloated blockbusters like Call of Duty 58: Central Asian Resource Wars or whatever the latest one is, and then will deliver a lengthy diatribe about how the blockbuster model stifles innovation in the video game industry and leads to a parade of indistinguishable button-mashing sequels.
What recommendations do you have for gifts for gamers? Games, accessories, books, etc? Post your suggestions below. To make it read nice, we ask you to very carefully follow the following instructions:
1. Begin with the name of the gift, in bold, followed by the price.
2. If there's a photograph, post that below the name and price.
3. Describe the gift and why the sort of person who reads Kotaku would like it.
4. Indicate where an interested reader can purchase the gift, linking out to an online retailer if appropriate. Which online retailer? That's up to you. But if you link out to Amazon.com, a nifty little box will appear allowing readers to click a little thingie and buy it right there, which is pretty neat. Even neater, Gawker will get a cut of the purchase price. Do what you will with that information. Get gifting!