Holiday Guide 2005


posted 12/13/2005 by The GN Staff
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It's that time of year again, where people storm stores looking for the perfect gifts for the loved ones in their life.  What do you do if you've got a gamer in your life? Gamers are a rare breed identified not only by what they like but what they hate.  To help frustrated shoppers we present the following holiday guide as a list of things that have our staff want to have in their grubby mitts by the end of the month.  The responses are varied (new writer Shawn sent in a mere paragraph while long time writer Cyril sent in something that could be considered a gaming manifesto).  We hope these lists help you find something that will help you spread some digital cheer this holiday season.

Shawn Kendrick - Staff Writer
An XBox 360 with all the trimmings (spare wireless controller and wireless network connection). Just as obviously a Sony PSP with a copy Clerks on UMD.  Of course I'll need a big new HD TV to fully enjoy that new XBox 360.  More importantly I'm going to need a lot of time to enjoy all this stuff so some personal QT would be nice.

Matt Mirkovich - Staff Writer
Fatal Frame 3: The Tormented
- After the last Fatal Frame game for PS2 and the stellar directors cut for the XBox it's about time a new one came out, and it's looking even freakier than the last two combined. Word on the street is that it also runs in progressive scan, sign me up!

Beatmania IIDX 10th Style - For the music minded importer out there, this is a fabulous must have game from our friends in the far east. 88 tracks of music with a new Beginners mode will teach every gamer that it's okay to be a fan of house music.

Deep Discounted Sleeper Titles - For twenty bucks or less right now you could get any of the following games: Shadow Hearts Covenant, Psi-Ops The Mindgate Conspiracy, Front Mission 4, Castlevania: Lament of Innocence, Phantom Brave. A lot of these games are still readily available at your neighborhood game store.

Slime Hori Controller - Remember those damnable slimes from Dragon Warrior? Well they are back, in controller form, it fits great in the hands and just looks cute. For those who are straight up collectors you can display it in its case for all the world to see.

X-box 360 Peripherals - You want to help out that friend who just bought a 360 for Christmas? Get him another controller, or a battery recharge kit, there are a tons of things out there to accessorize a 360 with, so help a buddy out and get him something he needs, maybe even a Gold Membership to X-box Live.

A new HD-TV - Really grasping for straws on this one, but if you've got a sweet-heart who's still rocking the 19' CRT television with outdated RCA inputs, maybe it's time to pick him up something new, or at least better than what he/she's got now. About four hundred bones will get you a good flat screen TV or a small but decent HD ready monitor that can double as a TV.

A Prinny plushie - It's a Prinny dood! If you loved them in Disgaea then you have to get them in plushie form. Available at the Nippon Ichi website, you'll find a new undead friend to go along with your teddy bears.

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