Video games may seem expensive when compared with other entertainment media, like DVDs or CDs. But when you do the math, video games are some of the most cost-effective gifts you can give.
Take a $60 game like "Fallout 3." I've played it for about 80 hours, which works out to 75 cents per hour. Your typical DVD purchase costs about $10 an hour, so what's the real bargain?
There are two things to remember if you're new to buying video games. First, find out what kind of console the recipient owns (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii are the big three) and make sure your gift is in that format. Second, pay attention to ratings: The M-rated games listed here are far too intense for younger players.